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Coulee Verte Rene Dumont
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Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking...
Ranked #60 of 1,180 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled across this walkway by chance. A terrific use of an old elevated railway in a city. A stroll along this path is well worth it. A unique view of the city from above and some interesting planting along the way.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed this easy walk through a well defined path with lovely greenery each side, well appointed with benches, bins etc. Elevated above street level, it gives an interesting perspective of apartments as you walk by. It was a bit complex, at the end, finding the nearest Metro station (to get back to central Paris) and in retrospect it may have been easier to retrace our steps along the Promenade Plantee until we came to a Metro station.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

If you’re “all cultured out” visiting the usual tourist hot spots of Paris and fancy a leisurely stroll that’s somewhere different then this could be an answer. This is a 5km walk along a green corridor from Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, a chunk of which is a disused elevated railway line that used to end at Place de la Bastille, until the station was knocked down in the 1980’s to build the modern Opera Bastille. There are plenty of benches along the way so you can sit and rest whenever the fancy takes you. You start the walk by getting onto the Viaduc des Arts up steps situated about 100m on the left along Avenue Daumesnil walking away from the junction with Rue de Lyon. But you need to know it’s not one complete walkway. After passing through a park called Jardin de Reuilly you have to walk down a central avenue of trees along a road called Alee Vivaldi and then go through a tunnel built under an office or apartment block, after which you’re off the roads again. The only real disappointment comes at the end of the walk because it doesn’t actually reach the Bois de Vincennes directly. We think perhaps it might have done at one time but the way under the Peripherique ring road is blocked off. You can either take a path to the right that leads to Rue Eduard Lartet, which then takes you underneath the Peripherique, or else you can climb spiral stairs and turn right at the top, again towards Lartet. On the other side of the Peripherique turn right down Boulevard de la Guyane and in a few minutes you’ll be at the Bois de Vincennes right by the lake where there are loads more benches. If you walk around the lake, on the far side you’ll find a bridge onto the islands where you’ll find what is now an upmarket café restaurant called Le Chalet des iles Daumesnil. There were noisy roadworks on the bridge when we went past so we didn’t cross and find out about the place on the island until it was too late. Having seen the menu at http://www.lechaletdesiles.com if it still looks good next time we’re in Paris we’ll take Metro line 8 out to Porte Doree especially to have a meal on the island.

2  Thank MandH-eurotrippers
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

For a quiet couple of hours away from the bustle and noise of Paris traffic, a stroll along this elevated garden is ideal. Following the route of an abandoned railway, starting high above the surrounding houses and gradually descending to street level, you can set your own pace and distance. Lots of seats in little alcoves to pause and soak up the sun, or read your tour guide.

Ideal for children, there's a park with a large grass area to kick a ball or run off some excess energy, a playground, and the eastern part is a dual bike/pedestrian track if you hire a velib bike.

Starts near Bastille metro station, take the Opera exit and head about 250 metres along rue Daumesnil until you see the start of the arches of the old railway line. Take the stairs and you're on your way. There are regular stairs if you want to get to street level and pick up a metro or bus to get home. If you go to the very end, about a 4 or 5 km walk, you land in the Bois de Vincennes park, with more activities and gardens, and a zoo (currently closed until 2014)

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Long before the wildly popular High Line became a "must" destination in New York, the Promenade Plantee offered an uninterrupted stroll above street-level, repurposing a disused elevated railway in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The flow of lush greenery in flower beds and arched trellises is broken up by plenty of benches, as well as nooks where visitors can pause to observe the harmony of Haussmanian architecture undisturbed by commercial storefronts. By contrast, a chorus line of robust - what? Greek gods? bathing beauties? - raises the roof of an industrial building not far from the Gare de Lyon, a striking view that would almost certainly be missed from the sidewalk.

An easy way to access the promenade is to take Metro Line 1 to the Bastille stop, where exit 4 leads to the new Opera house; follow rue Daumesnil along the building. After a short open space, the brick arches of the viaduct appear; look to the left for a quietly marked stairway to the entry of the walkway. A manageable outing would be to continue to the jardin de Reuilly - maybe a mile out - and explore this small garden that circles a wooden bridge on the path, then head back toward Bastille. On the return, don't miss the structure that looks like a building bisected by the path - a bit of visual trickery not visible on the outbound route.

Several staircases along the promenade lead to rue Daumesnil, where the building under the viaduct has been converted to studios and shops - not just 10,000 pairs of quirky earrings but repositories of cultural artistry from crafting musical instruments to decorating porcelain. These are high-end treasures, some by artisans granted national recognition as among the best craftsmen in France. There are a few cafes along the way, but the best dining options are on major cross-streets such as av. Ledru-Rollin. That's also the right area to pick up Metro line 1 at Gare de Lyon, making for a shorter walk through the otherwise undistinguished neighborhood at ground level.

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