Promenade Plantée Paris

Image by Alix Mengin

Promenade Plantée – A walk on the Viaduc des arts

How would you like to discover Paris’ 12tharrondissement from a different angle i.e. starting 10 meters above ground? The “promenade plantée” also known as “Coulée verte René-Dumont” (or “Coulée verte” for short) forms a 4.5 km green belt that will take you from the Place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes in an hour to hour-and-a-half walk. The first chunk of this walk begins behind the Bastille Opera House and runs towards the lusciously green Jardin de Reuilly above the avenue de Daumesnil on the Viaduc des arts.

The itinerary follows the former railway line linking the Bastille station (which was demolished to build the opera) to La Varenne-Saint-Maur from 1853 to 1969. As a matter of fact, the Jardin de Reuilly still has its former railway station! Work started in 1988 to rehabilitate the old railway infrastructure and ended in 1993, resulting in a beautiful green pathway above the 71 arcades of the viaduct that now house over 50 art shops.

Although I had known about this hidden gem for a while I hadn’t, up to quite recently, had the opportunity to “walk the walk.” The reason being that what usually brings me to the 12th arrondissement is that I have a train to catch Gare de Lyon, which means it is hardly a convenient time to take a stroll. It is, however, and without a doubt, quite an experience especially since after being suspended above Paris, the promenade will take you through tunnels and trenches…

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Details about this spot



Avenue Daumesnil , Paris

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:30, Sat - Sun 09:00 - 21:30




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)