Arc de Triomphe

Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris


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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  • Hoda Mahmoud

    - 27 August 2018 -

    Fantastic piece of architecture. Loved how it looks like and is views. There is a tunnel where you can actually go to the arc island and climb it. It was covered in the Paris museum pass so didn’t really pay for it l. Stairs are pretty steep and not easy if your fitness is average or below average. There is a mini museum before you go to the roof top, you can read about the history of arc and what are the engravings in it. There were also and interactive map for many arch’s around Europe and other continents too. The seen is priceless and and very revealing to all Paris. You can easily catch old if not well clothed tho. It’s not yet wheelchair friendly, but they are working on it at the moment. There are plenty of artistic details that worth ages of exploring. Really loved how it is clean and protected.

  • Victoria Thomas

    - 26 August 2018 -

    Incredible and inspiring monument. Great view of the city from the top. Many many many spiraling steps up and down. Buy a museum pass and you can skip the line. There’s no sign saying this is so, but it’s on the museum pass list of skip the line places so please just go to the front of the line. I love it most when the French flag is mounted under the monument. Beautiful.

  • Matthew Sydes

    - 23 August 2018 -

    Positives: :: Great piece of architecture. :: Fascinating and important piece of history. :: Fantastic views - tall structure on top of a hill, and looks to be not much lower than the main deck of the Eiffel Tower. :: Queues fine, at least early in the morning :: Students younger than mid-20s go free with ID :: Tickets can be bought and printed in advance Negatives: :: Would be a tough walk up for many people

  • Mark Sebastian

    - 14 August 2018 -

    To be honest this is a. must see for sure. Most famous roundabout in the world potentially. However I wouldn't and didn't pay to go into it. It's not necessary, you don't get a better perspective at all, in fact you lose the essence of it. It's better observing from outside looking at it. When you're inside you just see cars go by and tourists taking silly photos. However don't let that put people off. It's definitely a must see when in Paris.

  • Chan Hsu

    - 29 July 2018 -

    Well worth the entrance fee of 12 euros to go up to the top. Check online if it will be open because today it is closed due to the Tour de France. Glad I saw it yesterday. It's a good climb so wear comfortable shoes with grip. The steps can be a bit slippery because they are metal and well worn because of all the people coming through. The view at the top is amazing, and yes you can see the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe. Happy climbing!

  • Dan Chapman

    - 19 July 2018 -

    Fantastic views from here, obviously. We got tickets ahead of time which saved us probably about a half hour wait by the looks of the line. It was approximately 300 steps to the top. There are a couple of places that two or three people can step aside to let others through until you get to the first main platform where there is some historical pictures and such and a gift shop. I highly recommend going to the top.

  • Ravi Dutt Sharma

    - 16 July 2018 -

    One of the monuments from the the list of various websites that you might search before you go to Paris. Truly speaking there is nothing much to see except a arch made sometimes back to denote something which I might not know. For French people it might be a symbol of something but if you are going to see this from the eyes of a traveller it's nothing. You will find that there is a possibility to go inside this monument, which I was not lucky enough as there was a long queue for the ticket and another equal for the entry. If in case you are interested to go inside this please book it online and go so that the waiting time is reduced to half. I think it a good place for some quick photographs but the main problem is that it is surrounded by busy roads on all the side. There are ways to get the pictures by going in the middle of the road and stand in the designated area and create memory. But I would say a little dangerous even though french people really respect the traffic laws but better safe than sorry Overall it's a place you can see if you have enough time in your travel plan but in case you are on a tight schedule like mine, this place is not very interesting to see rather some near by places to it can be explored.


    - 16 July 2018 -

    Beautiful. Is a long 280 stairs climb but worth it. Takes about 15 minutes to climb. There's also a 10 minutes long AV which takes you through the history of the Arc in detail. Tickets are under €20 and we'll worth it. Go in late evening, so that you're on top of the Arc at 10pm, that's when the Eiffel light show happens and looks absolutely stunning. Great views of Paris from the top too. 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 recommended 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.

  • Alejandra Vazquez

    - 09 July 2018 -

    The building is beautiful and its history interesting. Beautiful in the external part, nice store, kind workers. However, for the amount they charge (they might do at least 600,000 € /month!) they should (ought to) have better and clean bathrooms, water fountains and some kind of illumination on the stairs up and down. Their income and their jobs depend upon tourists. They should treat them better, offer better services.

  • Charlee Sintara

    - 26 June 2018 -

    Just a heads have to pay to get to the top, AND there is NO elevator! You will either need to be super fit to climb the entire staircases to reach the very top, or just take your time and let the others pass through while taking a break. There are benches at the end for everyone to take a breather. However, to get to the very, very top outside, you just need to take another sets of stairs. For those who thinks it's a waste, it really isn't. Once you get on top, it's REALLY worth it. I think it's best if you go there during a clear summer evening, where you can find the BEST sunset movement. Really breathtaking view. Top it off, you get to see the entire city of Paris from up there, the same way you can see Eifel tower.

  • 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 -


  • Simon Nilsson

    - 10 April 2018 -

    It’s a classic

  • Girish Sachdev

    - 27 March 2018 -


  • 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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