Arc de triomphe
At the crossroads of several arrondissements, at the centre of what is today the Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de triomphe features a panoramic terrace sitting 50 meters above ground level. Climb up the 284 steps and judge for yourself. By day or night, it provides one of the most extraordinary perspectives over Paris; not only can you admire the Champs-Élysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world, but also gain a real sense of the scale and wealth of the capital’s Haussmannian treasures. Gazing out along the “Triumphal Way”, the major historic axis that links the Champs-Elysées with the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Défense, is a breathtaking experience.
Centuries of History, Engraved in Stone
Built under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806, this now emblematic Parisian monument pays homage to the Empire and Napoleon’s military victories.
Its neoclassical architecture, directly inspired by the triumphal arches of antiquity, is particularly impressive. At its base, you will find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a torch whose flame is rekindled at 6.30pm each evening. On the arch’s pillars are engraved the names of 660 national heroes.
To appreciate the sculptures that adorn its façades, you’ll need to look up – often. A visit to the on-site museum explains in more detail how this exceptional monument become, over the course of history, a true symbol of France.
TOP TIP: the admission ticket to visit the Arc de triomphe at your own leisure is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.
Access and contact
Metro : lines 1, 2 et 6, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile RER : line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile Bus : lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus From outside Paris: exit Porte Maillot and avenue de la Grande Armée or exit Porte Dauphine and avenue Foch From Paris center: go up Avenur des Champs Elysées
Days and opening hours
From 02/04 to 30⁄09, daily between 10 am and 11 pm. Closed exceptionally on May 1st, May 8th and July 14th. Careful: due to unknown climatic factor, the monument is likely to change its visiting schedules. Open on 8th of May and 14th of July.
From 01/10 to 31⁄03, daily between 10 am and 10.30 pm. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, November 11th and December 25th. Careful: due to unknown climatic factor, the monument is likely to change its visiting schedules. Open on 11th of November.
Guided tour languages
Documentation languages (home)
Bulletin board languages
Single mean time tour45 mins
Single services tour
- Unguided individual tours available permanently