La Coulee Verte Rene Dumont Paris Overview

Paris boasts a horde of hidden treasures and off the beaten path and places that are a complete treat and are in sync with the magical city’s aura. La Coulée Verte is one such delightful place where you can enjoy a relaxed stroll amid absolute verdant and breathtaking views of the surrounding areas.

One of the most treasured hidden gems and tranquil walks in Paris, La Coulée Verte also known as La Promenade Plantée, is an absolute delight and a must-visit. It is an expansive green belt which stretches along the historical Vincennes railway line. The scenic walkway starts just east of the Opéra Bastille with the elevated Viaduc des Arts and continues for almost 5 km eastward ending at a spiral staircase which leads further to the Boulevard Périphérique beltway. 

Built on the former tracks of the Vincennes railway line, La Coulée Verte René-Dumont is an elevated walkway located in Paris’ 12th arrondissement. The railway line had opened in 1859 and ran between Place de la Bastille and Varenne-Saint-Maur until 1969. Once you are at Place de la Bastille, soak in the sights of exotic buildings and landmarks in the area including the modern Opera House and Opéra Bastille that dates back to 1989. This is the very spot where a massive railway station la Gare de la Bastille stood for more than a century. Walk along the historic path with our Europe packages and experience the perfect mix of old and new in Paris.

Continue your walk along the top of the old viaduct and explore the artisanal boutiques, the Viaduc des Arts, at street level. Enjoy the serene beauty of your surroundings with bounteous greens, away from the fast life of Paris without having to leave the city. 

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• Delight in the lush greenery of La Coulée Verte with pathways that meander through stunning rose bushes, lime, and hazelnut trees, wild vegetation, and garden beds
• Enjoy gorgeous views of spectacular buildings in the 12th arrondissement of Paris where lies the La Coulée Verte René-Dumont
• Go shopping at the Jardin de Reuilly- Paul Pernin, which is one of the largest green spaces in the 12th arrondissement
• Explore the smaller gardens that bedeck the area around the edge of the park and are replete with marvelous statues and abundant greenery
• Witness the eye-catching pieces of street art as you walk down Jardin de Reuilly-Paul Pernin on rue Albinoni
• Marvel at the massive figures which adornes the Avenue Daumesnil buildings and are based on Michelangelo’s Dying Slave sculpture in the Louvre,  
• Make the most of your time here by renting a bicycle and riding down Allée Vivaldi under the tunnel to the Bois de VincennesWhile In Paris Also Checkout: Bike Rental In Paris

How To Reach

By Metro: There are four metro stations near La Coulée Verte. From Faidherbe – Chaligny, the park is a 7-minute walk away, from Reuilly – Diderot station it will take you 8 minutes on foot, from Dugommier and Bercy station, it is a 9-minutes and 18-minutes walk respectively.

By Bus: There are several bus lines that can take you to La Coulée Verte in Paris. These include the lines 29, N33, 215, 46, 71, 77, 87, N35

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Best Time To Visit

The best time of the year to visit La Coulée Verte in Paris is during the spring season from March to May. This is when the weather is most pleasant and the colorful flowers just begin to bloom. The best time of the day to visit is during the early mornings when the weather is cooler and crowds are less.

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Other Essential Information

  • Stop at some of the park’s most distinct spots such as as the various tunnels, trenches, gardens, and much more. 
  • Divide your entire escapade into sections to enjoy every corner of the walkway thoroughly. The various sections include Rue Sahel – Tunnel de Reuilly, Allée Vivaldi – Jardin de Reuilly, Jardin de Reuilly, etc.
  • Dine at one of the traditional Parisian bistro along the walkway for a more local and authentic feel
  • Rent a bicycle from one of the kiosks if you tire of walking 
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, loose cotton clothes, and carry water bottles
  • Carry a picnic as you will find several spots ideal for a relaxed afternoon of sunbathing and picnicking

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Rue Sahel – Tunnel de Reuilly

Rue Sahel – Tunnel de Reuilly

What sets the Promenade Plantée apart, is that this is one of the first green spaces in the city that has been constructed on an elevated viaduct. Enter La Coulee Verte, perfect place for family outings via Rue de Sahel which takes you into a quiet section, away from the city’s bustle. There are two beautifully lit tunnels that end at the Le Tunnel de Reuilly, which finally lead you to street level. 

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Allée Vivaldi – Jardin de Reuilly

Allée Vivaldi – Jardin de Reuilly

Once outside the tunnel, you will reach Allée Vivaldi, a pedestrian venue where you will find one of the ancient train stations, Gare de Reuilly. Here you can rest amid the flowers and bushes while listening to the sound of the water in the fountain. At the end of the Allee Vivaldi you need to climb a few stairs to reach the Reuilly Garden bridge. 

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Jardin de Reuilly  – Rue de Lyon /Av. Daumesnil

Jardin de Reuilly – Rue de Lyon /Av. Daumesnil

You can also go above the Boulevard Diderot on the former railway bridge or the footbridge, to cross the Jardin de Reuilly in the air. Jardin de Reuilly may remind you of New York’s High Line and is packed with picnickers lounging on the green grass in summertime. The Rue de Lyon takes you towards the last section of this beautiful nature walk where you can see some interesting architecture. 

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Viaduc des Arts

Viaduc des Arts

When you are at Opéra Bastille, you can take the rue de Lyon and then the stairs on your left next to the entrance of the parkway. This will take you above the avenue Daumesnil, on the Viaduc des Arts where you can explore the small art shops, cafes, galleries and the workshops which are located under the vaulted arches of the viaduct.

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