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Arc de Triomphe

Place de l'Etoile, 75008 Paris, France
01 55 37 73 77
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As featured in 3 days in Paris
Ranked #28 of 733 attractions in Paris
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napoleon I to honour the victories of his Grande Armée. Inspired by the great arches of... more » Owner description: The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napoleon I to honour the victories of his Grande Armée. Inspired by the great arches of antiquity, the monument combines the commemorative with the symbolic and it has always played a major role in the national republican consciousness. Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Great War. An exhibition portrays the history and explains its symbolic importance, nationally as well as internationally. The terrace provides superb views both by day and night across the city and its great sweeping avenues.-Opening hours : April to September: from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; October to March: from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.-Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July (morning), 11th November (morning), 25th December-Entry fees: Adults = 9,5 €; Concessions = 6 €; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Before visiting we were unaware that you could go right to the top. It is really worth doing for the view alone! Be aware that there are a lot of stairs though, and mostly on a spiral staircase, which never seems to end! We got in for free so I cannot judge whether it's worth the money or not, but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I had no idea you could climb to the top until my first visit to it in 2011. It is a steep, winding staircase, so get yourself ready for the physical effort. A woman in front of me started to have a panic attack, but she got it together and finished. I have asthma, and I definitely needed a hit... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

at the tip of Champs Elysee w/ circular traffice around it constantly, one must walk underground tunnels to reach it. One tip if not going to top is to bypass line and simply go up stairs to view beneath the ARC and sense its significance. yhere is no fee for this. There is a fee to go to top. Very... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The Arc de Triomphe is certainly something to see in Paris. We connected it to a walk down the Champs Elysees since we could catch the metro toward the end. Don't just view from the street. Enter and see the museum and the view of Paris from the top - it is truly wonderful. Paris museum passes will get you... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Arc de Triomphe: 1-No elevators..be ready to climb 10 floor stairs straight away :D 2-people on wheel chair cant go..as NO elevators. 3-good view of whole CHAMP ELYSEES street. PARIS TRAVELLING POINT:: 1-paris pass may not be very useful..and its expensive...HOP-on-HOP-off bus tour is helpful...do it first thing first in paris.. for a better insight. 2- Eiffel Tower's booking goes... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

One of the most famous monuments in Paris, which also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It looks very good and huge but that is about it. There is a fee to go inside. But you can walk around for free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great views from atop the Arc. Well worth the climb. About 250 steps. Fees are €9-50 adults and kids under 18 are free with adult purchase. Apart from the city views it is fun to watch the traffic going around this massive roundabout. Please don't try to cross the traffic to it on foot, there is a tunnel you can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great photos through the arch as the sunset! Twelve Avenues radiating out form this 1854 masterpiece. Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This monument is breathtaking from the street with all of its carvings, but the view from the top is not to be misse! There is an elevator if you wish to use it; however, it was out of order when we were there. The steps are many (over 200) and the spiral staircase is very skinny, but there are "cutouts"... More

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