You’ll find it at the top of the Champs Elysées and it’s the most bizarre traffic junction in Paris. We go as much to see the near accidents as we do to see the Arc! Fortunately there are pedestrian underpasses to get you to it and you can climb to the top for a good view. When you’re standing in line with the Arc, you can look both ways to see how the city is laid out from this central line. Looking down the Champs Elysées you can see right down to the symmetrical Place de la Concorde through to the Louvre, whilst looking the other way you can see the huge Arch at the La Défense business district. This is an extract from our free Paris City Guide.
The Arc De Triomphe is a symbol of the nation, but also links old and new Paris as it stands on the highest point in a straight line from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense. There are 234 steps to get you to the top of the Arc and we’d recommend going around dusk to see Paris as the lights start to come on.
The Arc is open daily from 1st April to 30th September between 10am and 11pm, and from 1st October to 31st March between 10am and 10.30pm. Adult admission is 9.50 Euros with under 18s free (2014 prices). Admission is also free for 18-25 years old if you are a citizen of one the 27 countries of the EU or are a non-European permanent residents of France. You can also get in free with the Paris Pass.
A fascinating way to see the Arc de Triomphe is on the special Paris by Night tour of illuminated landmark buildings which includes admission to the Moulin Rouge. This tour consistently gets good reviews from other travellers.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles-de-Gaulle, 75008 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 37 73 77
The Arc de Triomphe is on metro lines 1, 2 and 6 and the station is called Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile or RER line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile.
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Arc de Triomphe – Official Website
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Paris By Night Tour – features the Arc de Triomphe
Wikipedia – Arc de Triomphe page
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