Walking at 8 meters height over old track: the Promenade Plantée

You go up for about 50 steps and you reach the former railway behind Opéra Bastille.

Until 1969, the train that went here connected the Bastille with Porte Dorée in eastern Paris, just outside the ring road (la péripherique). Nowadays, it is a green promenade of 4.5 kilometers, right through the 12th district: the Promenade Plantée, also called ‘Coulee Verte’.

‘Viaduc des Arts’. Photo: Tangopaso via Wikimedia Commons.

The Promenade starts up on the old viaduct on the Avenue Daumesnil. Under the vaulted arches, you will find stylish shops, galleries, and workshops: the ‘Viaduc des Arts.’ From here, you have a wonderful view on the 19th century apartments, the zinc roofs, the characteristic facades, the wrought iron balcony railings, and courtyards. Moreover, you look down on the bustle of the Avenue and surrounding streets.

If you continue to walk, the park like promenade literally crosses a number of new apartments in the district Reuilly Diderot and subsequently goes over a modern suspension bridge.

From the renovated park Jardin de Reuilly, cyclists can also enjoy the Promenade.

Promenade Plantée Reuilly.
Photo: Pim Hügel

Along the way, you will find artworks such as a sundial and wood sculptures. The tour continues through tunnels with rocks, over bridges, under viaducts, past trees and bushes, flowerbeds and water features.

In addition, for the fans: after the Promenade Plantée, the Bois de Vincennes lures for more nature and the sound of wind through leaves.

Promenade Plantée.
Photo: Pim Hügel

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