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


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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Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating Enjoyed this place imencelly. From here, you can see the Eiffel tower in the skyline, makes the experience very Paris, even more so than being on the Eiffel tower itself. It wasn't super busy when I went on a weekend, but line to get in was still long, but this slowed the flow of people to the top, so it was less crowded and it didn't feel rushed. There are nice places to take pictures at the top. The gift shop in there isn't super in your face so it feels a little less commercial. Lots to see and do, but won't take up your whole day. The area around it is very lively, with many cool shops to explore. There is no food to buy inside it, but many restaurants around it.

KingTut559 - 20 hours ago

5 Star Rating What a terrific place to see Paris. Best time is dusk when the Paris is turning on its lights. I've been there 3 times and never tire of the view. For seniors and people having problems doing stairs, there is an special elevator for your use only.

Dick Wolfe - 4 days ago

4 Star Rating Beautiful historic place, touristic. Plenty of space though full of people during day and night. In daytime you can go up and enjoy the views. It's located at the center of a roundabout so you can appreciate the structure all around.

Karina Acuña - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing. It's a sight to behold both from a far (you can see it from really far) as it's massive. When you get up close, you are just in awe at how large it is. Going inside is well worth it. I managed to get in on a free day (not sure why/what the occasion was) but the price would still be worth it. Inside you have to climb/descend very large spiral staircases. If you have trouble with those, you may want to take your time. The view from above is spectacular. It really is a Triumphant Arc ;)

Dobrin Gueorguiev - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating A monument built to commemorate Napoleon's victories, which has a observation deck on top. This arch is huge and has a car roundabout around it. There is also an underground tunnel which will take you inside the Arc. You can see the Eiffel tower as well as very scenic view of Paris. I recommend making a point to visit this monument.

Russell Horton - 20 days ago


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