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Arc de Triomphe
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Skip the Line: Arc de Triomphe Including Terrace...
Ranked #14 of 1,313 things to do in Paris
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We walked up to the street from Notre Dame when in the middle of streets there is a roundabout and Arc which carries a lots of memories. There is no lift in it, so you have to be ready to climb up... Amazing view all around and we enjoyed a lot to watch the traffic around guessing who will crush :D A bit mean but have a look and you will understand :D
Ticked are free for those who are under 25 :)

1  Thank HanaPeter
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

It was a treck up to the top climbing the stairs....and we wandered a bit to find the underground walkway to get to the Arc, but it was really worth it. And we had bought the 5 day metro and train pass, so we got a bit of a discount by showing them to the ticket seller. Got a nice picture of us with the Eiffel Tower in the background. We didn't stay too long there as it had been a long morning at the Orsay Museum.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

You get a good view from the top. It is a bit difficult to find the tunnel to get to the middle, but once there it is easy to get tickets. Lots of history, but takes awhile if you want to figure it all out.

1  Thank David S
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

You can walk around the Arc for free or pay a fee to walk up the stairs to the top, either way it is an impressive structure that pictures do not portray its true beauty or shear massiveness.
Make sure to read all the inscriptions on the floor of the Arc it gives one a feeling of solemness of all the dedications to the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
When first approaching the Arc you may wonder how to cross over the highly traveled round about (traffic circle) but there are tunnels leading from both sides of the Champs-Elysees to the platform. I would suggest visiting it both in day light and when it is lit up at night it gives you both sides of its beauty and the architects creative vision. But what ever you do while in Paris do not miss coming to this structure you will not be disappointed.
The Good: The beauty of the sculptures, the impressive architecture and the dedication to soldiers.
The Bad: nothing to write about here
The Ugly: Sometimes the peoples comments you over hear.
On the scubba bubble scale I give this Monument 8 out of 10 bubbles.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

The views of paris from the top were good, however subway enterance not well signposted so saw lots of people attempt to cross the very bisy roundabout. Also lots of stairs to get to the top.

Thank CAJ40
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