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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. Plan to see Arc de Triomphe and other attractions that appeal to you using our Paris tourist route planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It's amazing to see the architecture and materials of this structure. We did not go up to see the view so I'm not sure if it's worth the line. We took numerous pictures at different times of the day a...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Family visit in August. France is quite quiet in August. Queue wasn't too bad. 2 of us went up and 2 stayed at the bottom. We where mistaken thinking we all had to use a lift to get to the top but as ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    We went early one damp morning and there was hardly any que. It dosn't cost anything to wander around the base and see the eternal flame for the Unknown warrior and cost €12 euros each to limb the spi...  more »
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  • July 19, 2017
    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.
  • July 24, 2017
    Great place. Go to the top for fantastic views..but be prepared for lots of steps. You can see the whole of Paris from the top and the chaos of the traffic below. We also went here to watch the Tour de France which was ideal with two large screens and shops very close for supplies as well as the sponsors village giving free food away !!!! My best bit of Paris
  • September 6, 2017
    Worth a visit, must see while in Paris! Nice shopping ( and window shopping..) nearby and fantastic scenery from the roof especially during sunset..We walked from the Champ Elysees up to the Arc de Triomphe . Really impressive and what is more incredible is the circle road around it where 12 roads spread from the circle like a star.The inside with sculptures is very interesting.. The grave of the unknown soldier must be visited too.
  • August 28, 2017
    Wow. What a great place to start a visit to Paris. Makes the most extreme UK roundabouts look tame. Easy to access lots to see and do Thank heavens for the underpass to the centre. Did not pay the €12.00 to go to the top of the monument. Think that I will see this every day of my visit.
  • August 19, 2017
    A staple of Paris for any tourist who is visiting for the first time. Get photos of the entire Arc from outside the traffic circle. The line to the top is always long and runs down into underground. Try visiting during the week or during the off season. View are amazing from the top. The is great place also to visit during the night when it is lit up.

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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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