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Pl. Charles de Gaulle (8th Arr.)
(33) 01-44-54-19-30 | arc-de-triomphe.monuments-nationaux.fr
HOURS/TIMESApr. 1-Sept. 30: Daily: 10:00am-11:00pm; Oct. 1-Mar. 31: Daily: 10:00am-10:30pm; Jan. 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), Jul. 14 (morning), Nov. 11 (morning), and Dec. 25: Closed
PRICE (ADMISSION)Base: Free; Tower: Adult: EUR 9; Youth (under 18): Free; Youth (18-25): Free (with EU citizenship or French permanent residency)
POPULAR TIMESSummer; sunset
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONUp to one hour
HIGHLIGHTSPanoramic views of Paris; Tomb of the Unknown Solider
METROCharles de Gaulle-Etoile
This iconic, grandiose stone arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate France’s greatest military victories and indeed now honors not only those Napoleon wanted to recognize but also both world wars. The Tomb of the Unknown Solider lies under the arch, and a small museum within gives some background on France’s military past. Its top story viewing platform and its position at the center of the notoriously crowded Étoile Charles de Gaulle intersection (where 12 avenues meet) make it a go-to place for excellent evening views of the city and an aerial taste of Paris’s chaotic streets.
GO HERE WITH
Architecture buffs; Paris first-timers; friends; kids; a date - for romantic late-night panoramas
WHY WE LIKE IT
The nighttime views of the city are incredible.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The exhausting climb to the top. Also, the museum is pretty rinky dink.
GOOD TO KNOW
The archway is so huge that in 1919, Charles Godefroy flew his biplane under it as part of the victory celebrations at the end of WWI. To get here, don’t try to cross the very dangerous road! Use the underground walkway instead. (If you’re planning on going up to the top, know that you’ll need to buy your ticket in the underground walkway tunnel too.) The last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Written guides are available in French, English, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Dutch, and Japanese; guided tours are available in French, English, Russian, and Spanish. (Tours are free for those under 18, EUR 13 for 18-25s, and EUR 16 for adults.)
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