The Promenade Plantée (aka La Coulée Verte – the Green Stream) stretches 4.5 km from the Place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, along what used to be an elevated train track. It looks beautiful in photographs, though there won’t be too many flowers when I walk along it in January. There are lime and hazlenut trees, climbing plants, rose bushes and wild vegetation. Some of the walkway is enclosed and other areas open so walkers can enjoy the views down to the streets.
Under the Promenade is the Viaduc des Arts. The arcades were converted into craft workshops, shps and galleries. There are also cafes and restaurants. Stairways lead up and down from the Promenade to the Viaduct.
An enticing excursion slightly off the beaten (tourist) track.
Photograph by Anthony Atkielski (Agateller), sourced from Wikimedia Commons, with thanks.
8 am (9am on weekends) to 5.30 pm (winter) or 9.30 pm (summer).
There is a map of the Promenade Plantée available here.
Main entrance at Avenue Daumesnil.
Photograph by LPLT, sourced from Wikimedia Commons, with thanks.
Photograph by Twice 25, sourced from Wikimedia Commons, with thanks