Arc de Triomphe

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Top 5 facts about the Arc de Triomphe

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!

  • It's the second Arc de Triomphe in Paris

    1. It's the second Arc de Triomphe in Paris

    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.

  • It's architect didn't live to see it finished

    2. It's architect didn't live to see it finished

    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!

  • It's the start of the annual Bastille Day parade

    3. It's the start of the annual Bastille Day parade

    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.

  • A plane was flown through it in 1919!

    4. A plane was flown through it in 1919!

    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!

  • An unknown of WWI was interred there in 1920

    5. An unknown of WWI was interred there in 1920

    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!

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    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.

  • How to get there?

    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.

Good to know

  • 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

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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.

The best way to see Paris. Forget the tour bus, the sidecar is way better. If you are thinking of doing this, just go ahead and book it, you won’t regret it. Hubby, myself and daughter enjoyed it - she is 5 years old btw. Plus the riders are genuinely nice and funny. Highly recommend. Well done guys.

Eny was our photographer and she was so nice to work with. She took a lot of photos in a number of different spots near the Eiffel Tower. We had a great time and the photos were amazing and so much variety! Absolutely priceless way to memorialize our trip to Paris!!! Highly recommend!

Kawther was great! Very accommodating considering we were late to meet her and it was freezing outside. She made the most our trip. It was an enjoyable wake around the the city.

Très bonne expérience. Les principaux monuments de Paris sont abordés. Je regrette néanmoins que le temps d arret devant certains monuments soit si court.