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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. Our Paris online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Arc de Triomphe and other Paris attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • You have to see it in Paris. Easy to get there and you can combine with the Champs-Elysees tour. To get close to monument you have to use the underground access. 
    You have to see it in Paris. Easy to get there and you can combine with the Champs-Elysees tour. To get close to monument you have to use the underground access.  more »
  • Always a nice place to visit and enjoy the history of this building. Beautiful views from the top (You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance), with a lot of steps to climb, or use the elevator if... 
    Always a nice place to visit and enjoy the history of this building. Beautiful views from the top (You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance), with a lot of steps to climb, or use the elevator if...  more »
  • Lines can be very long, but I went around 6:30 one evening and all but walked right up to the security hut. There is access to an elevator to get up to the shop, where you take a 50 step or so stair.....  more
    Lines can be very long, but I went around 6:30 one evening and all but walked right up to the security hut. There is access to an elevator to get up to the shop, where you take a 50 step or so stair.....  more »
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  • An iconic sight. Extraordinarily beautiful architecture that is truly triumphant. Pictures don't do justice for how large this monument is in size. Buy a ticket in advance to catch the view from the top where you get an absolutely undisturbed view of the Eiffel Tower amongst other classic sights. It’s a number of steps up and down a spiral staircase but it’s worth the trip up if you can make it. There are also toilets on the floor before the terrace. An absolute must visit when in Paris.
  • Very nice place to visit. Visiting the top gives awesome view of the Paris. Requires climbing spiral stairs to the top, easily doable. Circle around Arc is also super and has a good view from the top. Buying tickets in advance for visiting rooftop is recommended, otherwise you will be stuck in 2 queues. One to buy ticket and one to enter the arc for rooftop visit. Area around the arc is freely accessible.
  • Fantastic view of Paris. Easy access with a metro stop at the base. Relatively cheap. 13 euros per adult. Students get in for free, but still have to get a ticket (free). Great short video at the top explaining the history behind the famous Arch.
  • Unlike most of the attractions in Paris, this one wasn’t too overcrowded with tourists. There is 284 steps to get to the top which might put people of. However the arc itself is pretty impressive, but the view from the top is breathtaking. You can see a full 360 view of the Paris skyline. We visited at sunset, which gave us a great view of the sun setting over La Defense area.
  • My most favorite view of Paris and definitely a highlight of the city! I have visited many times in the past, but it never ceases to amaze me how grandiose this building is. During my last visit, I waited around 10 minutes to purchase the ticket and another 5 minutes to go through security - all reasonable times, however next time I would buy tickets online. Once I walked up the twisting stairs (there is no elevator for the general public) I entered a lobby where toilets are located, and continued to the roof. I spent about half an hour at the roof deck, walking around and enjoying the view of the city. It was not really busy, people were just chilling, relaxing, and taking pictures. It was really lovely to watch the buzz down there by the roundabout and traffic at Champs-Elysees. As the sun was setting it created fabulous photo opportunities over the La Defense neighborhood. On the way down I passed by a quite large gift shop and watched a couple of videos in the lobby right under the roof deck. I saved some time to walk around the Arc and enjoy the beauty of it. Definitely a place to return to when in Paris! Visited in May 2022.

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