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“Enjoyable experience but lots of stairs”
Review of Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe
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Skip the Line: Arc de Triomphe Including Terrace Access
Ranked #13 of 1,131 things to do in Paris
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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 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
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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“Enjoyable experience but lots of stairs”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

I really enjoyed this but it was quite a climb to the top. Took a wee while to get in but I would say it is worth it.

Visited June 2012
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“Great view”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

It is worth the climb and slight cost to go to the top of the Arc. All of Paris is at your feet. We went in the morning but wish we'd waited until after dark as the lights would be spectacular. We didn't go to the top of the Eiffel Tower but because we did this I think we got a good feel for Paris without the long wait.

Visited September 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Big stone arch”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Very nice big stone arch with mouldings - interesting bit is tomb of unknown soldier - mad traffic round it - dont waste one of your first Paris days looking at it - go to somewhere else instead

Visited October 2012
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Herndon, Virginia
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“Good view, long way to the top!”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

The view from the top is fantastic, one of the better you'll find in Paris. We had the Paris Museum pass which included passage to the top, I'm not sure I would pay for it separately though. Be prepared for a long walk up a spiral staircase, plus there is an elevator but it's only for wheelchairs or very elderly. It's a good way to work off the decadent lunch you had earlier or give you strength for the shopping you'll certainly do once you get back down!

Visited September 2012
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San Diego, California
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“The Arch”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

It was really overwhelming to see the Arc de Triomphe after seeing it in magazines since I was a kid. Both the Eiffel Tower and the Arch were even nicer in person.

Visited September 2012
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