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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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“Worth it!”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

As a preface, we were at the Arc on a sunny March day. I'm sure your experience might be difference with huge crowds, high heat, or rain.

However, we took my two children, ages 12 and 10. We explored the bottom and they were appropriately impressed! We then climbed the MANY stairs to the top to enjoy some of the best views in Paris. In my opinion, part of the downside to the Eiffel Tower is that you can't see the Tower once you climb it. With the Arc, the problem is solved. I put this attraction on my must do list.

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

If only to view the historical tomb of the unknown soldier you must visit. It's truly awe inspiring , huge and the view from the top to the Champs élysées is WOW?

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is one of the sites that you must visit in Paris. It is easily accessible by metro and interesting to get a close view of. It has inscribed on it names of cities that were conquered and you almost want to imagine being back in that time. It is a really beautiful sight in summer too.

Visited July 2012
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“Arc de Triomphe”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Walk up the Champs Elysees and take the underpass to the arch. Just sit and take in the architecture and feel the historic significance. In the evening you can see the changing of the guard around the eternal flame on the grave of the unknown soldier. Metro stop near to the underpass.

Visited December 2012
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“Great view from the top and free for young EU citizens!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

The tickets to the top were free because we are both EU citizens and if you're between 0-26 years old you'll get in for free if you live in the EU zone.
The view from the top was great you can look down streets like Champs Élysées and you can look straight down to La Défense and you also get a get a good view of the Eiffel tower.
I prefer this over Tour Montparnasse, even though you have to walk up a lot of stairs!

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