La Petite Ceinture
La Petite Ceinture is a Parisian secret known to few tourists, other than those who do their homework! What was once an abandoned railway has become an incredibly picturesque garden, below street level, circling the urban jungle that is Paris. Between the graffiti and and overgrown grass, La Petite Ceinture, or “little belt,” is way off the beaten path.
La Petite Ceinture was built in 1869 for military purposes, facilitating the shuttling of soldiers between train stations. Trains stopped running along most of la Petite Ceinture in 1934, though one area continued to be used until 1985. It is now full of wild flowers and fauna, with more than 200 species of plants and 70 species of animals.
Most of the railway is off limits, but for those seeking adventure, it is easy to find research on entry points to the abandoned areas. The areas open to pedestrians are accessible at 99 rue Olivier de Serres in the 15th Arrondissement.
There has been a lot of discussion in the past 10 years about whether to open the railway to the public, or keep it off limits and preserve a piece of Parisian history. We love this hidden gem of old Paris. Check it out yourselves and let us know what you think!
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