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Arc de Triomphe

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Paris City Guide5-day Paris City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Breathtaking views of Paris
  • Magnificent historical monument

Time required: 45 minutes

Phone: +33 1 55 37 73 77

Web site: http://arc-de-triomphe.m...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
April 1 - September 30: 10am - 11:00pm
October 1 - March 31: 10am - 10:30pm
Jan 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), Nov 11 (morning) and Dec 25: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 9 €
Reduced: 5.5 €
Under 25: Free
Disabled, Unemployed : Free

Public transport:

  • Metro Line 2: Charles de Gaulle Étoile station
  • Metro Line 6: Charles de Gaulle Étoile station
  • Metro Line 1: Charles de Gaulle Étoile station

Address: Place Charles-de-Gaulle, 75008 Paris

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: Lukke

Things you need to know:

  • Arc de Triomphe is the world's largest triumphal arch
  • It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and completed in 1836
  • It commemorates the victories of Napoleon's army
  • Names of his generals are engraved in the arch; the underlined ones died in battles
  • In the center burns the eternal flame on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a World War I victim buried on 11 November 1920
  • Napoleon's funeral procession passed under the arch; since then it is a focal point of state funerals
  • This is the central arch of 3 arches that form the 8 km-long (5 mile) Grand Axe (Great Axis) that connects Louvre with La Défense

What to do there:

  • Take the underpass to access the arch. Never attempt to cross the chaotic and dangerous roundabout from the Champs Elysées!
  • Climb the steps to the top of the Arch
  • On the way up do not miss the small museum presenting the history of the monument
  • Enjoy the sublime view of the 12 avenues starting from the arch

Tips & Insights:

  • The ticket office is located underground

Arc de Triomphe features in these preplanned City Guides: