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Saint-Denis / Nanterre

[ Cycle routes The Avenue Verte London <> Paris ] [ Paris and the Impressionists' Seine ]
  • 11.3 km
  • expert Level Expert

Heading east along the Seine, from Colombes, you cut out the river's meander along which lies Gennevilliers's port. The cycle path in fact follows the route of the new T1 tramway from Gennevilliers to Saint-Denis station, taking you into this multi-ethnic city north of central Paris, dominated by its Gothic catehdral where most of the kings of France were buried.

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This stretch mainly takes you along cycle paths and dedicated cycle lanes. Take care beyond Saint-Denis, as a section of the route here has not yet been laid out. Then, from the Saint-Denis Canal to the Bassin de la Villette, a cycle paths follow the waterways. Take particular care at the crossroads on Place Stalingrad (where you can branch off for the Gare du Nord Eurostar terminus nearby). Arriving by the Seine in central Paris, be very careful around extremely busy Place du Châtelet.

Railway lines (SNCF)

RER D : Paris-Nord station, Stade-de-France station and Saint-Denis station.

RER C : Gennevilliers station. RER A : Nanterre station – Université.

Transilien line L from St-Lazare : Nanterre station – Université




Saint-Denis Plaine Commune : 0033 1 55 87 08 70

Gennevilliers : 0033 1 40 85 48 11

Nanterre :0033 1 47 21 58 02


Not to be missed

Saint-Denis - Gennevilliers - Colombes - Nanterre



Saint-Denis : Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning

Gennevilliers : evey day except Monday and Thursday

Colombes : every day except Monday

Nanterre : every day except Monday


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The Cathedral-cum-basilica of Saint-Denis

Saint-Denis's massive medieval basilica is regarded as the first monumental masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The building, part of a major former monastery, now sits in the heart of a very lively, very ethnically diverse town.

The basilica at Saint-Denis served as the burial place of French monarchs from the 7th century on. It still houses an impressive series of elaborate tombs made for France's kings and queens, part of the basilica's exceptional museum.

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