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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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  • Glad to see the 'Triumph of Napoleon'. Great location on Champs Elysee. Did not go up to the top though!  more »
  • Really a must the Arc de Triomphe. Recommend subway up, visit the arc and back walk (down) the Champs Élysées. Climbing in arco (several steps) is very worthwhile. The view is amazing. From there you can see the entire city, the torre Eiffeel (of course), the Basilica Sacre Coeur (on top of the Montmartre), and what's nice, the structure of the huge avenues that converge as a star towards the bow.
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  • A very well run and maintained attraction in Paris. Walking distance from the Eiffle tower. You can use your museum pass for entry. The security lines were short. The best part is the control the numb...  more »
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  • Make your plans to go right before sunset so that when you get to the top it will be down. The view of the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc De Triomphe after the sun has set and it's all lit up is amazing. Bring a small tripod and snap some pictures. At 10pm the Eiffel Tower has a light display that makes it look like a diamond glistening. The lights twinkle for a couple of minutes. It's beautiful.
  • We purchased a museum pass so we were able to skip the ticket queue and go straight up. There's quite a few stairs to the top though so be prepared for the climb. Once at the top the viewing deck offers spectacular views. We were there for sunset and it was a great experience to see Paris disappear into the night and the Eiffel Tower come to life at night. Don't be like my wife and try and cross the road to get the the Arc de Triomphe there's a tunnel to get you from the Champs Elysees and back again.
  • A structure gate to commemorate Napoleon's victory.It has some other side gates to complete it. It's surrounded with a huge park at three sides and also in one side across a good park to work as a good photo stop. Good for kids place.
  • Very cool how you need to go underground to reach the arc (around it are moving cars that won't stop for you). Just going around the arc and seeing stuff like the eternal flame is free, if you want to get inside you have to pay (unless you're under 26 and a EU citizen). After you walk a lot of stairs, there isn't really a lot to do or see. But if you walk a few more stairs you get in the top and my God the view is stunning. I would even say that the view is better than from the top of the Eiffel tower. Simply because you can see much more details (because everything doesn't appear tiny) and you get to see all the impressive monuments, including the Eiffel tower. So I highly recommend to get to the top and enjoy the view.
  • Nice 360 view of Paris. As this is on a massive roundabout you can go via subway. You have to buy tickets to go up. There is a lift, in case you need it, just ask the security. No food is allowed even with kids, so plan well ahead in case you intend to stay for longer.

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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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