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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 #30 of 750 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The Arc de Triomphe, I feel, has the best views in Paris. Standing on top of the famous land mark 50m above the busy roundabout, looking down the Champs Elysees towards the Louvre museum as well as, of course, the Eiffel Tower truly is a treat. I would recommend going up the Arc de Triomphe just before sun down, to... More

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Stuart, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We took our bikes around the Round about. Only took few glimpses at the arc while avoiding being run over, but had enough adrenaline left in the system to enjoy the climb to the top. With Paris pass, you can skip the line. Views from the top are great. Otherwise, unless you are a history ( military ) geek and... More

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Fort Saskatchewan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We walked to the Arc de Triomphe on our first day in Paris. It's quite a site to see. Underneath is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can climb steps to the top but we didn't do that. There was a line-up (as with all the major attractions in Paris). We were exhausted from our trip here and decided... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Not the most exciting places in Paris ,although watching the traffic zoom around it was quite fascinating and also the odd person trying to dodge the traffic !After seeing the Arc de Triomphe we walked down the Champs Elysee to the Louvre ,a long walk but the best way to see everything along the way .The shops on the way... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Yes it is expensive, yes it doesn't really offers much, yes it is a tourist trap but hey... what did you expected when almost everything about Paris is in fact a tourist trap. On the other hand, is a must see if you happen to be in town, but you don't really have to go up to appreciate it, I... More

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

19€ for 2 to see down some of the most beautiful streets in the world from above (on top of the Arc de Triomphe) was pretty good value I think.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We didn't make it to the top, but the memorial was still very impressive. Wish I had known the history better beforehand. Great view down the Champs Elysee. Traffic is pretty bad. We were glad to have used public transportation.

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North Molton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

No queue, unlike other attractions, both my sons were free even though one is 21, making it very cheap, we could take as much time as we liked and the view from the top was outstanding. We would recommend a trip up the many steps just for the view. This was our second trip to Paris we never realized you... More

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Northern New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Made it here in anticipation of climbing to the top. We had a very long day and didn't feel like climbing or waiting in another line. This is a magnificent sight to see as the round-a-bout is quite chaotic and incredible at the same time. This is worth a visit as you can make it a 15 minute stop or... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Visited here on this our second trip to Paris, the sheer size is amazing, didn't climb to the top but went through the underground tunnel to get to this fantastic monument. the architecture of this gateway is very impressive. Seeing picture's of the Arc don't do it justice. A must visit

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