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“Paris had the High Line long before NY! Great oasis above the streets.”

Coulee Verte Rene Dumont
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Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking...
Ranked #59 of 1,170 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Miller Place, New York
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“Paris had the High Line long before NY! Great oasis above the streets.”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

On a recent visit to New York's High Line, we were fortunate to meet a Parisian family who informed us that Paris has its own version of the High Line ~ Promenade Plantee in the 12th. We added it to our list of things to do and are happy we did. It is a great concept and creates a nice retreat from the streets below. It offers nearly 3 miles of elevated green space on top of the old railway line. It predates New York's High Line by close to 20 years and therefore benefits from trees and growth that provide shade on hot days. If you get hungry while visiting you can enjoy a fresh salad and tasty sandwich at Les Artisans, 14 Avenue Daumesnil.

Visited September 2013
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“What charming idea.”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“A quiet haven above the busy city below”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Cardiff, UK
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“Something different in Paris, and free!”
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.

Visited August 2013
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“A breath of fresh air”
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)

Visited September 2013
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