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Review of Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe
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Skip the Line: Arc de Triomphe Including Terrace Access
Ranked #13 of 1,132 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
“Go to the top”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

I agree with the other reviews that say you should go to the top for the view. It was definitely worth the admission fee. (It's free to look from the bottom. ) There are stairs and an elevator that takes you up. I believe last admission is about 45 minutes before closing. I recommend going for the sunset views. I also agree that you should take the underpass from Champs Élysées and not try to cross the traffic circle.

Visited February 2013
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“Worth the Walk Up”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

My husband and I visited the top of the Arc de Triomphe in August 2012. It wasn't too high a climb but I fell the second I got to the top. Very embarrassing and I've had knee problems ever since. Even with the fall the view of Champ-Elysses, the Eiffel Tower and Paris in general, was worth it!

Visited August 2012
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“i find your gold ring scam”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

you will have to wait at least 30 mn on a rush hour. we decided not to go up. it is nice when you look at both arcs from champs-elysee. People are running "i found your gold ring" scam so if someone finds "your" gold ring, tell them it is not yours or better don't engage in communication.

Visited March 2013
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“Great views, great monument.”
Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

I especially liked going up to the top. Even though it was snowing and visibility was limited, it had excellent views of Paris and easy to take photos. Lots of stairs - exhausting for my wife. Highly recommended.

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“Watch out for the gold ring trick!”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Again a fabulous sight, this huge monument was even grander than I had imagined. However, watch out for a gold ring scam ...which a man tried on us ( briefly) then can you believe three times that day by different people !
There is a cost to go under the Arc which we didn't pay or visit ..the veiw from the side was great though and we managed to get some great photos.

Visited March 2013
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