Visit of Paris: The planted promenade-greenway Paris 12

The planted walk or green corridor crosses the entire 12th arrondissement of Paris (4.5 km). It follows the route of a former railway line.

The planted promenade, designed by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely, occupies the site of the railway line that linked the Place de la Bastille to Varenne-Saint-Maur. The first part of it takes the viaduct of the arts in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The result of a successful alliance between wild vegetation, which invaded the area around the railway line, and more modern landscaping, the 6.5-hectare walkway allows you to cover the entire length of the 12th arrondissement of Paris, away from all automobile traffic. A change of scenery guaranteed, you will discover this district of Paris in a different way.

The first part of the walk takes the Viaduc des Arts to the Jardin de Reuilly. The walk resumes after the Vivaldi alley and ends at the Charles PĆ©guy square. This represents about 4.5 kms. The opening hours are from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm in the summer.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 1 h.

Starting point

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Starting point
The departure is located at 44-46 rue de lyon. Take the stairs next to the entrance of the parking. You can go to the promenade plantée by metro station Bastille or Gare de Lyon, you have to walk a little bit at the metro exit. It is not difficult to find the arches.

Entrance to the promenade

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Entrance to the promenade
At the top of the stairs is the beginning of the walk. At the beginning you pass over the Avenue Daumesnil and take the Viaduc des Arts.

Viaduc des Arts

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Viaduc des Arts
The planted walk passes over the Viaduc des Arts but if you feel like it you can stroll through the little art shops under the arches and join the planted walk a little further on.

View of the course

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View of the course
View of the vegetation that can be found along the route. The planted walk is very successful and on Sunday afternoons you almost have to elbow your way through.

Passage over the Boulevard Diderot

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Passage over the Boulevard Diderot
The walk takes a bridge over the Boulevard Diderot.

Le chemin

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Le chemin
The path passes near the bamboos. The path is very shady. The vegetation is very varied.

Crossing the Reuilly garden

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Crossing the Reuilly garden
The walk passes through the Reuilly garden by taking a suspension bridge (Pont de Reuilly). At the end of the bridge, continue on the Vivaldi alley. As soon as the weather is fine, the park is invaded by Parisians who come to sunbathe.

Vivaldi Alley

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Vivaldi Alley
At the end of the Vivaldi alley, take the tunnel that passes under the rue de Reuilly. There is a fountain in front of the entrance.

Tunnel under the rue de Reuilly

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Tunnel under the rue de Reuilly
A series of waterfalls and rocks can be seen under the tunnel.

Resumption of the planted promenade

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Resumption of the planted promenade
After the tunnel, the walk resumes this time under the roads.

View of the course

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View of the course
View of the course through the vegetation.

Chemin final

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Chemin final
The walk passes by an old wagon, a vestige of the old railway line.

End of the promenade

The route ends at the Square Charles Péguy. The nearest metro station is Picpus on line 6, which can be reached by walking up rue de Sahel.

Sparkling water fountain

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Sparkling water fountain
A curiosity: At the entrance of the park of Reuilly (do not take the bridge but take on the right), you can find a public fountain which distributes free tempered water, fresh water, but especially, sparkling water! It is for the moment unique in France.
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