L'Arc de Triomphe
Type: Great Views, Historic Sites, Sightseeing, Uniquely Here
This symbol of French victory was commissioned by Napoleon and completed in 1836. Adorned with sculpture and the names of military successes, the enormous arch features a small museum and rooftop... Read More
This symbol of French victory was commissioned by Napoleon and completed in 1836. Adorned with sculpture and the names of military successes, the enormous arch features a small museum and rooftop viewing platform. At its base is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The arch was inaugurated by the French King Louis-Philippe in 1836, dedicated to the Revolutionary Army and the Army of the Empire. Jean-François Chalgrin, the architect, is said to have been inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The arch sits at the center of place Charles de Gaulle (formerly place d'Etoile), a square that branches off into twelve avenues. It also offers great views southeast down the Champs-Elysées to the Louvre and northwest towards La Défense. Pedestrian access is most safely gained via the pedestrian tunnel from the north side of the Champs-Elysées. METRO: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
- Summer (Apr - Sep): Daily 10am-11pm
- Winter (Oct - Mar): Daily 10am-10:30pm
- Ticket Concessions Available; Adult 9; Child (18-25) Free - 5.50; Child (0-17) Free
- Outdoor Activities: "Visitors are allowed into the monument until 10:30 pm during winter hours and 11pm in summer hours. It's worth visiting at night since the views from up top over the whole city are rivaled only by those from the Eiffel Tower. Last entry 45 minutes prior to closing."
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: This rooftop view is completely uncovered and leaves nothing between yourself and the sky. It's a refreshing way to take in these panoramic city views.