Arc de Triomphe

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 75008, France
Telephone: 01 55 37 73 77

- Mid-range


A monumental triumph just for the view.

The Arc de Triomphe is just the sort of monument at which Paris excels: built just for the sake of it. Napoleon took the Arch of Titus in Rome and did it bigger – although it was only inaugurated in 1836 long after his downfall – crowning the Champs-Elysées and covered in martial sculptures. It's a steep climb to the top where you'll find an exhibition space outlining the history of the monument and some crazy ideas for monuments that never got built. A further staircase leads to the roof from where you have great views of the traffic milling around below and the avenues radiating out from the arch. At the foot of the arch, an eternal flame burns for the unknown soldier of World War I.

Value for money

Price advice

Admission 9 euros, free for all under 18s and for European Union nationals under 26.

Expert tips

Access is by staircase but there is a small lift (plus three steps) up to the gallery for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Be sure to take the tunnel from the Champs-Elysées metro to reach the arch.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Great views / scenery