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Green walk in Paris : La Coulée Verte René-Dumont

A verdant path along an old railway between Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes.

La Coulée Verte is also known as the « Promenade plantée ». It connects the surroundings of Bastille (Avenue Daumesnil) with Porte Dorée and Porte de Vincennes. It is a long and linear walkway, made for relaxation.

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Green walk parisThis green walk in Paris was created by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques VergelyThe designers of the Coulée Verte succeeded in combining the wild vegetation, which had formerly invaded the railway line, to more modern landscaping.

Green walk paris

Built along the old railway line of Vincennes which was closed since 1969, the walk is 4.5 kilometers long. All along the walk, there are many small parks (Garden Hector Malot, Reuilly Garden – Paul Pernin, Square Charles Péguy …) where you can rest, have a sit, and even use sports equipments. Moreover, a cycle track was built on the Coulée Verte from the Reuilly Tunnel to the Bois de Vincennes !

A good half of the hike allows you to overlook the city. As a matter of facts, the route is about 10 meters above the streets. The walk surprises everyone by the contrast between the nature all along and the buildings around.

The Coulée Verte René-Dumont is the first green space built on a viaduct. The area is redeveloped from the 1980’s followed by the High Line Park in New York, inaugurated in 2009.

The René-Dumont green casting is divided into 3 portions: from Edouard-Lartet Street to Emile-Laurent Avenue, from the Reuilly Tunnel to Emile-Laurent Avenue, from the Bastille to the Reuilly-Paul Pernin Garden. They all open at 08:00 on weekdays and 09:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

The unusual walk of the Coulée Verte offers a bucolic route protected from cars. It takes you sometimes into the air and sometimes underground. Its unique design will make you pass from viaduct to bridges, from tunnels to trenches, through the East of Paris. We really recommend it as one of the top 5 Outdoor activities in and around Paris !

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Elsa Courtin

elsa.c@universal-tourguide.com

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