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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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One of the city’s most famous monuments, Arc de Triomphe honors those who died fighting in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and consists of four main sculptures. This location also marks the central spot where the avenues radiate out of Place de l'Étoile. See the names of French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Inside the monument, you can view a permanent exhibit conceived by artist Maurice Benayoun and architect Christophe Girault exploring the symbolism of this and other national monuments in regards to war and peace. Beneath its vault lies the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" from World War I. Plan to see Arc de Triomphe and other attractions that appeal to you using our Paris tourist route planner.
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  • Access to this central island is by pedestrian subway. Also located in this subway is the ticket office that enables you to go onto the top. 12 roads converge onto this traffic island. Take time out t...  more »
  • Truly a great experience visiting Arc de Tromphe. It offers great views of Paris City from the top. The souvenir shop is also good. One of the must do things when in Paris.  more »
  • Steps or elevator, cost 10.00 euros view of the champs elysees and the city. lines but not too long.  more »
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  • Spectacular. An amazing sight to see. Provides a wonderful view of Paris with a much safer feeling than the Eiffel Tower. Not a fan of heights, but this wasn't that bad. The spiral climb up and down wasn't wildly open for me to look down and feel like death was coming. Kids get in for free and students get a discounted rate. Cool how you cross the street by going underground. Would not suggest anyone undertaking the climb that isn't good with a lot of steps, but it is definitely worth it if you are willing. If not, still quite the work of art from underneath.
  • Before coming here, i read the history of this place. I think it helps me to understand the architecture here. All of statue are powerful and make me feel impressive. There are lots of people across the street to take the photos which can make you get a good position. If the time is enough, it has small tunnel. You can walk down and across the street to see this place insight.
  • First of all let me say I give the workers there a 1 star. We went there twice 45 minutes before it closed and they did not let us go up. OK now to the Arc de Triomphe. Be ready for a lot of stairs. But you can go to the top and look out onto a good view of France. Funny thing I went to France in 2004 and did not know that you could go up the Arc. My fiancée saw that you can go up. I recommend going up during the day and at night. You get a great light view at night I recommend getting the Paris Pass if you plan on going to a lot of Paris sites. You can skip lines and all the ticket prices are included
  • Just amazing :) The queue to go on the top is too long with a waiting time of at least 30 minutes. It looks good from the bottom as well, as monumental as one expects. One tip: don't cross the road! Take one of the many underground tunnels to walk there since crossing is way too dangerous
  • Amazing place with a great view of the romantic Paris city from the top, including the Eiffel tower. One cannot but appreciate the wonderful construction considering perfect symmetry of the roads connecting from the outer Arc to the center like the spokes of a wheel. One must not miss the top view especially in fine weather. It's so easily accessible by metro.

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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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