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Arc de Triomphe

Place de l'Etoile, 75008 Paris, France
01 55 37 73 77
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Ranked #29 of 786 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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McLaren Vale, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was just one of our many trips this day. Easy access and only a limited queue the day we were there. Lift access for those who do not want to climb the 300 steps. Check to make sure that there is nothing formal going on as they shut the monument for civil occasions. Great views from the top and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a magnificent monument. The trek to the top is not for the faint-hearted but well worth the several hundred stone steps in the spiral staircase. The views are terrific, particularly looking straight down the busy Champs Elysees. The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is beautiful and the carvings on the monument itself are wonderful. Watching the traffic somehow... More

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Brockville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It cost just under 10 Euros per person to climb the stairs.....not everyone can nor would like to climb these narrow steep stairs but if you can you will really enjoy the magnificent views, especially of the Champs de Elysee.....watching the traffic negotiate the circle below is a treat in itself....a half hour is all that is needed to climb,... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a visit on any trip to Paris. We didn't walk up to the top but did go under the road over to the Arc itself which is worth doing, if only to watch the crazy drivers negotiating the road surrounding it! A great photo opportunity looking down the Champs Elysee from the Arc too.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is always going to be a busy location so be aware of a scam... a young woman walked towards my husband & appeared to find a yellow coloured wedding band ring on the floor. She offered the ring to him & he declined however she came back a second time & was more enthusiastic for him to take it.... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We have visited this spot twice in two months. Situated in the centre of twelve avenues, you could only access to space underneath the arch via subways. After taking pictures from all sides, it was recommended to buy a ticket in gaining access to the top of the arch, preferably just after its opening at 10 am each day so... More

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Seremban, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Access to the Arc is easy on the Metro, stopping at station Charles De Gaulle Etoile. Then, get to the Arc via the underground passage to avoid the unending traffic of the roundabout! The climb up the spiral staircase can be a bit tiring, but there's space for stops to get back your breath without impeding other visitors or climbers!... More

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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This iconic landmark is certainly worth the visit. The Paris Museums Pass gets you to the top. The views are great. My wife confirms about 300 steps to the top.

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We visited in the day first, it's near an avenue with Harley and Indian motorcycles. We bought tickets for the evening. The view is so wonderful from the top. Great for a zoom lens. If climbing stairs is hard for you there is an elevator but you will still have a few stairs to get out on top. The view... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Don't just see the Arc de Triumphe from the Champs Elycee- go in and walk the spiral staircase to the top. The view is sensational!

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