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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

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

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

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!

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

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!

Arc de Triomphe: Our Tips

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 to visit
    10:00AM to 11:00PM peak season, 10:00AM to 10:30PM off-season.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    ** Group tickets are available at a discounted rate per person.*

What People Are Saying About Arc de Triomphe

Well worth the money to avoid so many queues!

Very informal but our guide ensured we didn't have to queue for security or lifts. She was friendly and accommodating.
Priority Access to the Eiffel Tower Reviewed by Rachel, 10/18/2016

Sarah was amazing, very attentive, knowledgeable and funny. Brilliant

Our guide up the tower Sarah was so lovely and funny. We are very grateful we booked with you

Awesome tour guide, lots of fun facts, efficient use of time.

The tour guide makes the tour! Sebastian was an engaging, enthusiastic tour guide. He found commonalities with every family-group in his tour. He spoke at least 3 languages fluently --French, English, and Spanish-- and I wouldn't doubt he could throw in a few others. Though we were exhausted, we stayed with the group the whole time because our guide made the overview of la Tour and all the monuments in the view from la Tour so very interesting. We didn't have to wait in line to buy tickets, we got a great overview of the Tower and the city including interesting historical tidbits, and we had a gorgeous view of the city and sunset on our first night in Paris. Merci, Sebastian!

I truly enjoyed and everyone so kind and helpful

The hotel had all we needed and the people very caring the food was excellent met some nice people at the meals The Eiffel Tower was amazing went to the top by the lift Wednesday we went to Disney and had a good day there. In all the weather was sunny and warm and that was a help in enjoying the break

Highly recommend this to see the sights of Paris.

This was booked as a birthday treat for my sister and, as requested, the 2 CV displayed the appropriate number. Generated a considerable amount of interest from passers by as we drove past. Seeing the sights of Paris in this iconic car was an experience not to be forgotten. Not a great deal of padding in the back seat but somehow it added to the experience. Our guide Eric was lovely and very knowledgeable; making us aware of the history of some of the buildings that we would never have known about otherwise. Time was allowed for taking photographs. Would highly recommend this trip.
Private and Personalized Paris Tour in a Citroën 2CV Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/29/2016

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