Spring in Paris is simply a magical time. The sun is shining, the locals are venturing outdoors, and the city is covered in beautiful bloom. The weather is mild, with temperatures hovering around a modest 5-11–degrees between March and May. So layers are still a must. It’s the best time to explore the city’s secret gardens, enjoy outdoor sightseeing and, if the April showers show up, wile away the hours at the many impressive museums this city is known for. And of course, what better time is there to hop aboard an open-top bus tour.

If you plan to be in Paris in the spring, we’ve rounded up our top picks of things to do:

The Seine in spring

Paris in the spring is the best time to take a walk along the River Seine, or if you prefer, take a public bike and cycle your way down. The flora is in bloom and the setting picture perfect. With fewer crowds at this time of year, you can take your time to stroll and just enjoy the view. Be sure to stop at the gardens near Notre Dame Cathedral, where the blossoms are bright pink and plentiful – cameras at the ready.

Ride the Eiffel Tower

There is no better time to see the Eiffel Tower in all its glory, than a sunny day in Paris in the spring. Take a picnic to enjoy at the foot of this iconic landmark, a backdrop you don’t get with your sandwiches every day. On a clear day, you’ll see right to the top, as the spire is often lost to fog at other times of year. Then take a ride all the way up for a panoramic view of the entire city.

Classic Red Route – Red, Stop: Tour Eiffel

A hidden gem

Buttes-Chaumont is a hidden gem in Paris, and one to be enjoyed in the springtime. A park you probably haven’t heard of, it’s an oasis in the city and an escape from the hustle and bustle. Take a wander and discover its caves, waterfalls, suspended bridge and lake. Look out for the wildlife - bird watchers will be in for a treat. And because of its hilly nature, it’s the perfect location to be spoilt for incredible views across the city. Check out more Hidden Gems to enjoy in Paris in the spring.

Museum hop

A rainy day in Paris in the spring isn’t an unusual thing. So do pack an umbrella but also prepare an itinerary for indoors if the heavens do open. It’s an excellent excuse to pick up a pass and hop your way around the many museums on offer. We definitely have our Top 10 Museums in Paris we recommend. Start at the Louvre, hop to the Palace of Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe then of course the Notre Dame Cathedral. With more than 50 museums included in our Museum Pass, that would just be for starters. For more ideas on how to enjoy Paris in the Rain, check out our guide.

Paris in the spring is a great time to visit, as along with all of the above reasons, there are fewer crowds to contend with. It’s a time when winter starts to shed its coat and the city celebrates the outdoors. And on a sunny day, you can grab a top-deck seat on a Big Bus tour, and we’ll take you to see the best sights and attractions Paris is famous for. For more inspiration on how to fill the rest of your time in the City Of Lights, check out our guide to the Top 10 Things to do in Paris.