The Paris urban area covers an area of 105 km², about twelve percent of the area of Berlin. Nevertheless, with over 2 million inhabitants, Paris is the fifth largest city in the EU and the most densely populated city Europe. The climate is similar to that of Germany, as Paris lies on the same latitude as Karlsruhe in southern Germany. The Seine River divides the city into northern and southern parts, and the city center is only 65 meters above sea level. As a recreational area for the inhabitants, Paris is surrounded by two large urban forests. The warmest month is July, the coldest is January, and May has the most precipitation, while August has the fewest rainy days on average.
Visiting Paris takes time, because it is not only the famous sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame or Sacre Coeur that make Paris so attractive, but the large boulevards, the street cafes or the small alleys, a double-decker ride or a visit to the pedestrian zones are simply part of it. For example, the Sentier district, where in the past not even the police dared to enter, with Rue Montorgueil and the greengrocers, cafés, delicatessens and restaurants, give the tourist the familiar Parisian flair. Or the Montmartre district with its painters, cabarets, bistros and Sacre Coer, from where the visitor has the most beautiful view over the city. But who travels to Paris must not be shy of people, unless he comes in July or August, then he will find only his kind, because the inhabitants are then all in the country.
The best time to visit Paris is from March to June or September and October. In spring, temperatures are mild and everywhere is blooming and green. Easter holidays are only suitable for people who can have many other people around. Paris is just as crowded during the Christmas season, which by the way can be very beautiful, but visitors should not expect snow. It can get bone-chillingly cold in the winter months of December through February with only 0°C to 8°C and often the month has 11 - 12 days of precipitation. In spring (March - May), temperatures rise to around 20°C with five to seven hours of sunshine, but May is also considered rainy, with 11 days of precipitation on average. If you go to Paris in the summer and it gets too hot, the air conditioners in the museums and the Louvre will cool you down a bit. On July 28, 1947 in the Parc Montsouris a heat record of 40.4°C was measured, the lowest temperature was -23.9°C on December 10, 1879.