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Coulée Verte René-Dumont, Paris

Coulée verte René-Dumont, also known as Promenade plantée, was once an old railway line that ran through the 12th arrondissement in Paris, which has now been converted into a tranquil walkway with plenty of fascinating features, plants and lush greenery along the way.

Image source: Flickr. Copyright Sharon VanderKaay.

The walkway was created in 1988 and has been enjoyed by Parisians and visitors alike ever since. One end of Coulée verte René-Dumont starts at the Opéra Bastille and follows on for 2.9 miles; along the way, you can see old and new designers’ work come together while enjoying lunch or a coffee amongst these picturesque surroundings.

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping when you arrive at the Allée Vivaldi, as well as excellent dining options available, too. Along the way, you can see hazelnut and lime trees as well as a host of intriguing flowers and plant life, which looks particularly spectacular in spring or summer, where you will be surrounded by tranquillity in the middle of bustling Paris.