Visit of Paris: The green walk Paris 12

The green promenade runs through all the 12th arrondissement of Paris (4.5 km). It’s a former railway.

The green walk (promenade plantée in French) takes place on the site of a former railway line that connected the Bastille square to the Varenne-Saint-Maur.

The first part of the walk takes the viaduct of arts until the garden of Reuilly. The walk resumes at Vivaldi's aisle and ends at the square Charles Péguy. The promenade plantée is about 2.8 miles long. Opening hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 in summer. It's a very popular walk, don't go there on a sunny Sunday afternoon if you like being alone, it's also difficult to practice running.

opening times of the promenade plantée

Interest: notegreat (2 notes)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 1 h.

Starting point

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Starting point
'The start is located at 44-46 rue de Lyon. Take the stairs next to the car park entrance. You can go there with subway station “Bastille” or “Gare de Lyon”, You will have to walk a bit from the metro. It''s not hard to find you can quickly spot the arches. '

Entrance of the promenade

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Entrance of the promenade
The walk starts avenue Daumesnil and the viaduct of Arts.

Viaduct of Arts

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Viaduct of Arts
The planted promenade passes over the viaduct of Arts, but if you want you can stroll in the small art shops under the arches and join the walk a little further. The shops under the arch are not really interesting.

View of the walk

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View of the walk
'On a sunny Sunday the planted promenade could be crowded, it''s sometimes difficult to move forward.'

Passage above the Boulevard Diderot

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

The path

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The path
The course is very shady.

Crossing of the garden of Reuilly

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Crossing of the garden of Reuilly
The walk through the garden of Reuilly by borrowing a suspension bridge (bridge of Reuilly). At the end of the bridge continue on the Allée Vivaldi. Lot of Parisians come to sunbathe if the weather is good.

Vivaldi allay

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Vivaldi allay
At the end of the aisle Vivaldi, take the tunnel that runs under the streets of Reuilly. A fountain is located in front of the entrance.

The small tunnel

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The small tunnel
You can see a series of waterfalls and rocks under the tunnel.

Go back on the green walk

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Go back on the green walk

View of the course

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View of the course

Final path

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Final path
The walk passes close to a cart vestige of the former railway line.

End of the walk

The course ends with the Square Charles Péguy. The nearest metro station is “Picpus” on line 6 that can reach up to the street of Sahel.

Fountain of sparkling water

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Fountain of sparkling water
A curiosity: at the entrance of the Park of Reuilly (do not take the bridge, but turn right), we can find a public fountain that distributes free temperate water, fresh water, but above all, sparkling water! It is so far unique in France.

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The Aligre market

The Aligre market

note very weak

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