The many public parks and gardens of Paris are one of its distinguishing aspects. There is nothing like taking a stroll in its famed parks while admiring the carefully manicured lawns and the rich history behind its creation. Each of its parks differs in their landscaping and this is something you must explore during Paris tours.
The Promenade Plantee differs from all the parks in Paris, as it is situated on an elevated setting, making it the first elevated park in the world. Promenade Plantee is a splendidly laid out park that covers through the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Its narrow parkway running for 4.7 kilometers is the perfect place to take a stroll while admiring Paris from a height.
Adorning the parkway are numerous exotic plants and trees that give it a unique charm. The Promenade Plantee walkway begins at the Opera Bastille and ends at the entrance of the Bois de Vincennes, the largest public park in Paris.
The Promenade Plantee elevated park is actually constructed on an abandoned railway line belonging to the 19th Century. This railway line was constructed in 1859 and was intended to connect the Bastille station to the Verneuil-l’Etang via Vincennes.
It was closed in 1969 and remained abandoned, which then underwent several renovations in the 1980’s. It was in the early 1990’s, that the decision to change the place into a green corridor was considered. Inaugurated in the year 1993, Promenade Plantee has since become the prominent green walkway in Paris.
The Promenade Plantee
A walk along the Promenade Plantee from the Bastille end takes across 10 meters of an elevated duct that passes through numerous shops dealing with crafts, tapestry, interior designers, instrument makers, and numerous workshops, collectively known as the Viaduct des Arts.
The Jardin de Reuilly is another prominent spot in the Promenade Plantee walkway that offers a glimpse of an expansive circular lawn overflowing with picnicking Parisians and visitors. Allee Vivaldi is another spectacular lawn bordered by buildings and has two paths for pedestrians and cyclists.
Visiting the Promenade Plantee
Visitors can easily access Promenade Plantee through its four entrances located on the east and the west. Among the eastern entrances, one is specially meant for pedestrians and the other entrance is accessible for both pedestrians and cyclists alike. The park is freely accessible to all and opens daily from 08:00 am to 05:30 pm during winter and from 08:00 am to 09:30 pm during the summer.