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This magnificent triumphal arch commemorating the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars is a bonafide icon of the nation's turbulent political history. Here are five things to know about it before booking your tour!
Originally known as the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, it was built in 1836 – 28 years after the much smaller Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was completed closer to the Louvre.
Jean Chalgrin, who also did work on the Palais du Luxembourg and Versailles, unfortunately died in 1811 – five years after designing the arch, and 25 prior to its completion!
Every year on July 14th, the begining of the French Revolution is marked by a military parade from the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs-Elysées, to the Place de la Concorde.
French airmen, like the infantry, were ordered to march on foot to commemorate the end of World War I. Charles Godefroy protested by flying a biplane through it 3 weeks later!
After the Arc's vault became the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, military parades have avoided marching through the arch out of respect. Even Hitler observed the custom in 1940!
The Arc de Triomphe looks most spectacular at night, and the eternal flame that marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is most visible then. At a height of 50 meters, visitors can climb to the top from 10:00AM to 11:00PM (10:30PM off-season), and gaze down the surrounding illuminated boulevards. Tickets can be purchased at ground level.
The Arc de Triomphe can be easily seen at the end of each of the 12 avenues radiating from it, including the Champs-Elysées. The nearest Metro stations are Argentine and George V (both line 1), Ternes (line 2), and Kléber (line 6). Take the underpass to the arch itself, avoiding the dangerously busy roundabout that encircles it.
- When should I visit?
- 10:00AM to 11:00PM peak season, 10:00AM to 10:30PM off-season.
- Is it expensive?
- Free to look at from the outside. Tickets to climb the arch are 9,50 € for adults.
- Will I need a guide?
- You won't need a guide for the arch, but might want to check out our best-selling tours in the area.
- How to get there
- The the Metro line 1 to Argentine and George V, line 2 to Ternes, or line 6 to Kléber.
- Additional information
- ** Group tickets are available at a discounted rate per person.*
What people are saying about Arc de Triomphe
The most difficult part was getting to the location to pick it up . It changed 3 times ! Took most of an afternoon to track it down. Kept sending us to different places ! Once we received it . It was very good . Immediate access to Louvre & Metro & transit . Wish we had more time to take advantage of all items the items &Opera house was included. River Cruise was great. Better directions to which dock would have helped. Stood in line 20 min to find out need to go to other place . Was also told by one person we could board at 3 different places , not true , only one place by Eiffel Tower. Please correct confusion about pick up & more detail about boat cruise.
Whilst we did not get priority at Versailles. It was useful at The Louvre. I found it hard to visit enough museums and tourist attractions in three days to recoup the money but this was offset by knowing we didn't have to queue at other sites. Eiffel tower not included but we were lucky as it was closed for two days after we visited due to changes to ticketing arrangements. River cruise was excellent.
we booked our tickets on this site on day of visit to arc de triomphe. this was very quick and easy. booking tickets in advance would really help as ticketing lines are very long and time consuming and you need to save energy to climb up around 350 steps and then down as well. so paris planners do use this option to book your tickets.
We were so tired after the Lourve and then walking to The Arc de Triomphe was not as appealing. If you have to do it in the same day because we are excercise nuts. Take a taxi! Stopped at a quaint Italian pizzeria - Rodrigo was amazing. Have us sustenance to make the rest of the journey!
Around 8pm first evening in Paris, went to the arc around 9pm, without waiting on the long queues we quickly got in and could enjoy a beautiful day and night view over Paris and Eiffel Tower. It was a perfect idea because almost nothing else we could do with so little time and effort.