Beautiful from all angles and located right in the heart of all of the hustle and bustle of the city, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most visited and famous sites throughout all of Paris. Whether you are making your way there soon or are trying to decide if you should, the following information should help for all of that and much more…
A Brief History
Honoring those soldiers who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Arc de Triomphe is a monument constructed with great attention to detail and great honor. You will notice that the names of all of the French generals and victories have been etched and inscribed on both its inner and outer surfaces. Though not quite visible, just below its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Regarded as the cornerstone of the historic axis (Axe historique), it is right in the center of an entire sequence of multiple monuments in its pathway. A rich history, an evident construction of detail and dedication, and an overall impressive look to it, the Arc de Triomphe is well worth the visit.
This iconic landmark and monument – as mentioned above – is located right in the center of a ton of action. You will find it standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle toward the western end of the Champs-Elysees.
Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
When to Visit
Many people consider the absolute best day of the year to visit the Arc de Triomphe is on July 14, which is Bastille Day and although it may be closed to enter into the monument, you will be joined with the large crowds of those celebrating and parading through the entire length of Champs Elysees. However, if crowds are not your thing then a visit during the autumn or spring months would be best.
Admission: Adults: 8 euro // Students: 5 euro
What to do There
Measuring a total of 50 meters (164 feet) tall with detail in nearly every single one of them, the first thing to do when arriving at the Arc de Triomphe is to simply marvel at its massive size, its surroundings, and its many engravings etched into each of its sides. Read the names of the 660 generals, stand under its central archway and look up, and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the entire base of the monument to make sure you don’t miss anything. Then of course make your way inside and proceed to make your up the nearly 280 steps to the top. When you finally reach it, catch your breath and take in the magnificent views of the city below. This is the time to snap plenty of pictures and enjoy looking down on all of the cars making their way around the Champs Elysees. If you feel you are unable to make it all the way up to the top, don’t let that stop you from paying a visit to this beautiful historical monument as you will find it is surely well worth the trip.