If you’re bored of tourist traps and want to explore Paris from a different perspective, then Promenade Plantée (planted walkway) or La Coulée verte (green course) allows visitors to see the city from high above.
Paris’s walkway was built on an abandoned railway in 1988 and was the first green space of its kind. It no doubt inspired the New York’s ‘High Line’ in 2009. Stretching out for nearly 5km, the walkway follows the route of the former Vincennes railway line, which closed down in 1969.
It’s now an elevated public park, where you can walk and relax among the trees and admire Paris’s beautiful residential buildings from a special vantage point.
Where is Promenade Plantée?
Where: The Promenade is a 10-minute walk from the Paris-Gare de Lyon station.
Metro: M° Bastille, line 1,5,8
Opening hours: Weekdays 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., weekends and holidays 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
It starts just behind the Opéra Bastille between the Rue de Lyon and the Avenue Daumesnil and ends at the Bois de Vincennes. Several entrances have been built along the path so you don’t have to walk the entire way.
At the starting point, you’ll find red-brick railway arches and here you can pick up some boutique gifts or have a coffee in one of the restored cafés.
Sights and sounds
The path is flanked by leafy gardens and offers unique views of Paris. For the first half of the walk you’ll be surrounded by bamboo, roses and maple trees – and they blend in wonderfully into the former industrial landscape.
At the end of the viaduct you approach the Jarde de Reuilly, which used to be an old freight station, but has now been transformed into a green lawn and footbridge. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic. There’s also a lovely cafe surrounded by sculptures.
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*Header image by Alamy