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Coulee Verte Rene Dumont
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Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking...
Ranked #61 of 1,231 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Nice place to get away from the busy streets of Paris; however, the main entrance had dung. It seems to be a popular place for people to jog.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We walked from de Gare d'Est to La Bastille and had a little trouble finding the entrance of de promenade (it's behand a children's playground). Lovely flowers, quiet, peaceful. You would never believe being in Paris

1  Thank Nadine V
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This attraction is a little know secret parisians seem to keep well from tourists. It has two names: la Promenade Plantée and Coulée Verte (current official name). But if you are looking for it close to the Opéra Bastille you will find indications only to something called "Viaduc des arts" - guess what? This is where the promenade starts.

As the names imply, it is a promenade (a place to walk) and it has lots of green. The promenade starts in and abandoned, elevated rail line and than metamorphoses into a bridge over a park, a tree-lined alley with a fountain, a tunnel, and a trail in the woods.

If you like to run, this is the place: lots of runners come here for a trail that does not seem to belong to a large city. But it does, and in a few points a gap in the trees will let you see the city below.

3  Thank R_TheReader
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Paris has many green patches - some popular and some not so. The Promenade is a surprising discovery in the middle of one of the more populated parts of the city. It is green, beautiful, well kept and has a bit of everything for everyone. There are some crepe stations, children's ride, a 4.5 km walkway, shade, lots of flowers (during spring of course), the Reuilly Garden (to sun bathe in and have a picnic), several (small) areas for working out with a leg press, bars, etc.
There is no sign which indicates the way in so mark the Viaduc des Arts sign after proceeding on to Rue de Lyon from the Opera, metro Bastille. There are some other entrances further down but presumably they are used more by local residents.
The joggers are a bit of a menace but don't blame them - I would like to run in the promenade considering that there aren't so many green areas around there. Be prepared to stop or step aside during your stroll.
At several places the promenade cuts through living streets with shopping and cafes and homes. And on several occasions it becomes an overbridge walkway leading through first and second stories of residential apartments. I could see kitchens and parlours, and the aroma of spices seemed too close for comfort at times. But one pays to live in Paris.
The promenade does not open into the Bois de Vincennes nad for the most part it has a cycling track;
If time is at a premium in the city, I wouldn't recommend going as there are many other green patches in the city including Parc Monceau, Bois de Bologne, Buttes Chamont. But if you are in the mood for an excursion on a sunny afternoon, I would recommend a bottle of wine, (or Yoplait or beer as the case may be) some cheese, and a sheet. Stroll through the promenade and then come back and laze in the Jardin de Reuilly which is midway. Walking VERY leisurely, stopping at each shrub and overbridge to look out, will take you around 60 - 70 mins. There are elevators at the Daumesnil entrances, though they looked in disrepair.

4  Thank TheStreamingSun
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

You might be familiar with New York's High Line park, an old disused railway track 50 feet above the ground, that has been recycled as a park. Well, Paris did the same thing 16 years earlier and New York just copied the idea.

The Promenade Plantee, or Coulee Verte as the locals call it, is a peaceful strip of plants, flowers, and even trees about 50 feet above Paris in the 12e arrondissement. Walkers, joggers, skateboarders, roller skaters, and little kids on bicycles all compete for space, but everyone is friendly and it works fine.

There are numerous benches to sit on to read, listen to your iPod, eat a baguette, or just watch the show. Definitely a pleasant way to get away from the hustle and bustle that is Paris. Probably the easiest way to get there is the metro to Bastille, but there are other ways as well.

5  Thank Globe_trotter_100
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