Arc de Triomphe

Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris

4.5

The Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of Paris. It features a recognizable design. Comprising outstanding reliefs, friezes and imprints, the Triumphal Arch was an inspiration for the construction of similar structures all over the world.

You can climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe by a long staircase and experience engaging panoramic views over Paris, encompassing most of its landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and the Basilica of Sacred Heart. You can also visit a small museum inside the structure.

A monument to an Unknown Soldier occupies the base of the arch, while various inscriptions adorn its ceiling. While the works of art symbolize various achievements and fateful events, the shields atop the monument are inscribed with the names of significant battles.

You can find the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs-Elysees, the most prestigious avenue in the world. It is renowned as a monument to victory, celebrating various successes of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars by its works of art.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 23:00

  • Tue

    10:00 - 23:00

  • Wed

    10:00 - 23:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 23:00

  • Fri

    10:00 - 23:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 23:00

  • Sun

    10:00 - 23:00

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Reviews

  • Dan Bora

    5
    - 24 May 2018 -

    This arch was built to commemorate Napoleon's victory, and has since become one of the most visited attractions in Paris. It is a great monument, and if you have the possibility to take the 270-ish steps to the top of it, don't miss it! A wonderful view of Paris awaits you, which is only surpassed by the one on top of the Eiffel Tower. One important thing to know: the entrance is underground near the metro station and is free or the price is reduced if you are 25 or under from the EU

  • Raman Shrestha

    4
    - 23 May 2018 -

    It's hard to admire it from the ground. If you are right next to it, you can explore small parts only as it's too big to take it all in. When you get further away, there is all this traffic in between. Some people try to take pictures from the middle of the boulevard... Not recommended! But from the top the views are glorious. And you can finally observe the full design of the city. I highly recommend reading about it ahead of time or right there as we did. Also, it's quite entertaining to watch traffic below. The complexity and dynamics of it is mesmerizing.

  • Ulet Natalius

    4
    - 16 May 2018 -

    It's worth it to research the history of the Arc before you visit. Only then can one appreciate the full experience in this major attraction. I don't know if there is supposed to be a dedicated crossing area to get to the grounds of the Arc itself (it is located in the middle of a high-traffic circle). I had to run while hoping I didn't get tackled by a speeding car in a foreign country. Don't forget the eternal flame on the base of the Arc.

  • Animesh Kumar

    5
    - 14 May 2018 -

    Absolutely loved the architecture and the locality. The walkway to the Arc was also picturesque. It was great to understand that the Arc and Louvre are on the same straight line. Says a lot about how well this historic city has been planned. Best to visit towards evening to experience the beautiful lights on this street and color changing monument due to several colored lights.

  • Christina Lee

    4
    - 13 May 2018 -

    Great views of Paris and the Eiffel tower. In order to get to the arc, you need to walk through an underground tunnel, as it's surrounded on all sides by a giant roundabout. Easy to walk from the arc to the tower as well (it's perhaps a 15 minute walk). There are lots of stairs arrayed in a close spiral, so be prepared to climb them. Inside is a very small museum, gift shop, and restrooms. Tickets can be bought at the base of the tower before going through security.

  • Yulia Zamriy

    5
    - 11 May 2018 -

    It's hard to admire it from the ground. If you are right next to it, you can explore small parts only as it's too big to take it all in. When you get further away, there is all this traffic in between. Some people try to take pictures from the middle of the boulevard... Not recommended! But from the top the views are glorious. And you can finally observe the full design of the city. I highly recommend reading about it ahead of time or right there as we did. Also, it's quite entertaining to watch traffic below. The complexity and dynamics of it is mesmerizing.

  • tuan desomer-chu

    5
    - 20 February 2018 -

    It's massive. Crazy how you drive around it. On top of the main Street where a lot of posh shops are on. And also the standard shops e.g. h&m etc.. good to visit and take some pics. Always find tourists there. Very easy to get to as the underground in France is the best in Europe, so easy to navigate.

  • Ayla Kim

    5
    - 17 February 2018 -

    As one of Paris’s most famous, celebrated, and visited attractions, the Arc still remains France’s essential symbol of power and unity. The attraction is not only the Arc itself, but there’s a gift shop and a great view from the platform atop of the structure, and the Arc is actually fascinating. The views from the top of the arc are definitely worth the climb (284 steps), as you can see all the 12 avenues of Paris. Of course, the views of the Arc looking up from the ground level are breathtaking as well, like when you drive around the structure, along the roundabout surrounding the arc. The Arc is so intricately designed with different patterns carved into and on top of the surface as well as sculptures that it could take a long time to marvel at how beautiful of a structure it is, especially at night, not only when there’s less people around the area and therefore a better opportunity to admire the structure, but when the lights surrounding the Arc turn on. It’s a wonderful sight to see and a great photo op. Its proximity to the Louvre Museum also makes it a prime site to see when visiting Paris, as it extends from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace to the outskirts of Paris. I absolutely loved seeing the Arc!

  • Terry. B.

    5
    - 11 February 2018 -

    Just a Great homage to the People of France and the absolute rule of France's lost Empire. The Sheer Grandeur of the Arc de Triomphe both up close and from a distance shows the Best side of French Architecture. So Many Magnificent Monuments in Paris but Still this 1 of 4 "Gates" to the City of Paris reigns Supreme, not just of the Gates, but of the Landscape of the Great City of Paris : the City of Light. The view from Any point on the Champs-Élysées Is Breathtaking. Definitely a "Must See" and within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, the Grand & Petite Palaces and even the Louvre. Don't Miss !!!

  • Octavia Sherwood

    5
    - 04 February 2018 -

    The view is amazing and definitely worth the walk up all the stairs. It's amazing to see so much of Paris and feel so high up and above everything. It was something I will remember. The outside of it is also very beautiful if you don't feel like walking up

  • Kostyk

    - 28 May 2018 -

    Breathtaking view and not as crowded as Eiffel Tower

  • Zeynep Ozturk Ozyer

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Visit during the sunset and take your amazing panaromic shots of Paris!

  • Kawika Terry

    - 16 May 2018 -

    The best time visit is at sunrise or at sunset. Don’t go during the height of the day, Paris shines at night and the best view can be had from here.

  • Luiz Otavio Altenburg

    - 29 April 2018 -

    Stunning view at Sunset

  • Asael Veliz

    - 23 April 2018 -

    Majestuoso

  • Simon Nilsson

    - 10 April 2018 -

    It’s a classic

  • Girish Sachdev

    - 27 March 2018 -

    Magnificent

  • Nojan Soheilnia

    - 26 March 2018 -

    A great scenic view from the roof top! You can see Paris in a panoramic view

  • Nawaf S.Q

    - 06 March 2018 -

    Very nice Place 😍

  • Kostas Staveris

    - 06 March 2018 -

    If you pay 12€ you can go to the top !

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