Arc de Triomphe


About the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle at one end of the most famous streets in Paris, the Champs Elysées. Built in the 1830s to commemorate those who died in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, the Arch  has been the site of many famous victory marches throughout history. It was inspired by the Roman arch of Titus and, at 50 metres tall and 45 metres wide, was large enough for pilot Charles Godefroy to fly his biplane through it to mark the end of World War I. Burning underneath the arch is the eternal flame which rests on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and adorning each of its four pillars are a group of sculptures representing France’s military achievements. In addition to taking in the history of this key Paris monument, you can ride the lift to its summit to visit the small museum and take in the unforgettable Paris views.

Helpful information about the Arc de Triomphe

The monument is open every day (except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, 1st May, 14th July and the mornings of 8th May and 11th November) from 10am until 10.30pm with opening until 11pm from April to September. As with many French monuments and museums, certain groups including EEA residents between 18 and 25, gain free entry to the Arc de Triomphe. For others, entry is €12. The nearest airports are Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly. From there, you can travel by underground or on the Regional RER train to Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile station where you’ll be greeted with the sight of this unmistakeable arch!

Make sure you bring your walking shoes if you intend to climb to 284 steps to the top, but don’t worry if you’re not feeling fit - there’s a lift too!

Where to stay in Paris for the Arc de Triomphe

Make sure you enjoy a wonderful stay in Paris by booking the perfect rental accommodation for you. At Eventful Stays, you have the choice of staying in bed and breakfasts, studios, apartments, houses or boats…all within easy reach of the Arc de Triomphe via public transport or on foot. Check out our accommodation in Paris.

Things to do near the Arc de Triomphe

When planning your visit, make sure you check out the other sights that Paris city centre has to offer, including: the iconic Eiffel Tower, the myriad of masterpieces in the Louvre Museum and the beautiful city centre park, the Tuilerie Gardens. You’re sure to find something delicious to eat in the world’s gastronomic capital, whether it’s at a local café or a renowned five-star restaurant.

More information about the Arc de Triomphe

To find out more information about this famous Paris monument, please contact the venue directly, where you’ll be able to find out more about the history of the arch, the entrance fee and opening hours as well as the location of nearby museums such as the Louvre. You’ll also be able to find out how to buy tickets on the day of your visit.

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