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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
We had a fabulous day with our wonderful guide who was engaging, adaptable and a lovely person to spend a day with. The tour covers all different elements of Paris with interesting information. It is a great way to learn about this amazing city in 1 day. I went on the tour with my 2 smaller kids and the guide was excellent at adapting the tour for them. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would go again with this touring company.
The bus ride was super with a very detailed audio, I had a problem getting a bus stop but as soon as i go the local partner on chat they quickly directed me to the next stop and I hoped in, also make sure when you alight you have your 1 hr cruise tickets, i did not pick mine but got them again through the help of the chat services, if you love the Paris night lights take a booking that later in the evening.
If you go early in the morning (10am when it opens) you may be confused to where everyone is although they set up and you walk up by your self, people will eventually be there who work there it will be at 10 am no earlier.
I had a marvellous day and Jeanette was a brilliant, friendly guide. She was very helpful and understanding about my mobility problems. My Paris in a day experience was Perfect. Thank you for a great day.
It was beautiful! So full of history and the views were amazing, the line is really quick if you had a ticket. Same cost online as at the door so this was much more convenient.