This unique plant-flanked promenade spans the 4.5 km from Place de la Bastille to Bois de Vincennes, on a viaduct and over footbridges.
Opened in 1993
65,000 sq m
The Viaduc des Arts.
- From Avenue Daumesnil to the Bois de Vincennes, up and down stairs and lifts (Paris 12)
- Metro: Bastille
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Things to do
Surely the most original way to explore eastern Paris between Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes – overhead and underground, on viaduct footbridges and in tunnel trenches.
Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely designed this trail in 1988, on the tracks that took trains from Bastille to Varenne-Saint-Maur from 1859 to 1969 when the line was abandoned and replaced with a sprinkling of gardens.
The City of Paris embarked on a vast refurbishing project, revamping this viaduct’s 71 arcades under the Promenade Plantée, in 1989.