Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a historic landmark of monumental proportions

View of the Arc de Triomphe from across the traffic circle
View of the Arc de Triomphe from across the traffic circle cc licensed photo by asw909

Seeing the Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arch) in person is a must if you are visiting Paris for the first time. This huge and impressive historical monument is an example of French patriotism at it's highest. The Arch stands 164 feet high and 148 feet wide. The large opening is 96 feet high and 48 feet across. You can reach the top of Arch by a combination of a lift and steps. There you will find a museum about the Arc de Triomphe and at the very top a viewing area where you can enjoy panoramic views of Paris.

The Arc De Triomphe is located at the west end of the Champs-Élysées in the centre of a large and chaotic traffic circle from which 12 streets radiate. The monument, designed by Jean Chalgrin, was commissioned in 1806 as a tribute to the Grand Army in celebration of Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz during the height of his success. Construction took place over a period of 30 years and eventually, in 1940, the remains of Napoleon passed beneath the Arc enroute to their resting place at Les Invalides.

Four significant sculptures on the Arc De Triomphe are Le Départ de 1792', Le Triomphe de 1810, La Résistance de 1814, and La Paix de 1815. There are also six reliefs sculptured in the Arch that epitomize significant events surrounding the French Revolution and the time of Napoleon. These sculptures are incredibly detailed and must be seen to be appreciated.

On Armistice Day in 1920 an unknown soldier was interned beneath the Arc de Triomphe in what is now known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A flame on top of the tomb burns continually in memory of the many fallen soldiers from World War I and II who where never identified.

Nearby attractions: Jacquemart-Andre Museum - (Private Art Collection) and Parc de Monceau

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Outside is free. Admission charges apply for the museum and viewing platform except entry is free with the Paris Pass

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Phone: 01 55 37 73 77

Official Website: Arc de Triomphe

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Metro 1, 2 or 6 or RER ACharles de Gaulle—Étoile station2 minutes

How to get to Arc de Triomphe by Metro / RER

By Metro or RER: Take the Wagram exit from Charles de Gaulle—Étoile station and look for the stairs to the underpass which are located on the north side of Avenue de la Grande Armee right next to the traffic circle. Do not try to walk across the traffic circle - it is far too dangerous.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating Great site to see in Paris. The best place to take pictures is that the end of the Champs de Elysees in between red lights. However, this is dangerous and I would not suggest this if you are faint at heart. The Eternal Flame was also great to see. If you are on the Big Bus tour and gives a lot of great history.

Mo C - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Very nice historical site. It was much bigger than expected. The only annoying thing was that it took me forever to figure out how to cross the street. I walked all the way around the circle trying to find a crosswalk, I even asked a few people but they didn't speak English. I finally figured out you have to go underground to get across.

Rami Casper - 15 days ago

4 Star Rating What a great view to end my Paris trip at! Takes about 284 steps to the top to see the spectacular view. An elevator is available but only for people with special needs and staff I guess. Others climb the stairs. Restrooms are available at the top. People below 25 must ask for a youth ticket. I paid 9 euros instead of 12 euros since I took the youth ticket.

Tejal K.P - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Very interesting place to visit, but the boulevards that surround it are far more impressive. A must see while in Paris, but there are so many other impressive sights around it that you'd probably see it anyway. Difficult to get a good photo however, as there is a substantial amount traffic, both foot and vehicle.

Ben Harris - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating It is indescribable how huge Arc de Triomphe truly is. It was much taller than I expected and was surrounded by a thick road with at least 5 lanes for cars. To get to the little island it's placed on you have to use an underpass and the feeling once you get to walk abound it is slightly underwhelming, but it's still such a wonderful and powerful sight that I can honestly say it was in my top three things I saw in Paris. It is also located right next to a metro stop and a number of shops making it a convenient location to visit.

Tomas Havranek - 2 months ago

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