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Paris’ Viaduc des Arts and its Promenade Plantée: a former railroad turned into a green suspended walkway.

Paris’ Viaduc des Arts and its Promenade Plantée: a former railroad turned into a green suspended walkway.

As my belle-mère would say: “Why a duck?” Because if you like to walk (or run for those who like to jog) Paris is made for you, and one of the best walks is the path you stroll along the old train track, in the 12th arrondissement, the viaduc des arts. Opened in 1993, it’s a 3-mile long path of gardens, trellises and benches that start 22-feet high above street level and end in forest-like tunnel trenches. The Promenade Plantée, also known as La Coulée Verte, offers a great view of Paris’ 12th arrondissement, it’s buildings and parcs; don’t miss the police station along the way with its series of statues, the “slaves” inspired by Michelangelo’s.

La Promenade Plantée
75012 Paris
From the beginning of the Avenue Deaumesnil (metro Bastille or Gare-de-Lyon) to the end of Rue du Sahel (at Boulevard Soult, between Porte de Vincennes and Porte Dorée), with stairs all along the way.

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M-F: 8am-sunset
Sat-Sun: 9am-sunset


2 Comments

peaches, I think it has to be higher than 9 feet…??? It’s almost 2 stories high, minimum 20 feet off street level…

Jacqueline B.
June 30th, 2009 2:51 am

i must have been thinking in meters… although it still didn’t add up to the right height. i added the missing feet and gave back to the viaduc it’s original grandeur!

June 30th, 2009 8:26 am

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