Arc de Triomphe
This triumphal arch is one of the most iconic sights to be found in the City of Light. Originally commissioned at the height of Napoleon’s career to celebrate the French victory at Austerlitz, the monument was not completed for another 30 years and has since been a focal point of many victory parades and national events. Situated at the western end of the tree lined Champs-Élysées, the arch stands proudly at the intersection of 12 radiating avenues and acts as a memorial to French lives lost in the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, as well as the final resting place of France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of World War 1.
Outside of its military connections, The Arc De Triomphe acts as the background to the finish line of the Tour De France, the world’s most famous bike race and has become one of the most recognisable structures anywhere in the world.
Visitors are not only able to visit the museum housed inside the arch, but also able to visit its viewing platform, giving truly breath-taking panoramic views of the city.
Arc de Triomphe
From April 1st-September 30th: Daily from 10:00am-11:00pm
From October 1st-March 31st: Daily from 10:00am-10:30pm
Free to walk under/around
€13/person to access the top
Free the 1st Sunday of each month between November 1st & March 31st
Free for those under 18
Free for anyone under 26 with EU citizenship or an EU student card
Free for those with disabilities and an accompanying person
Free for the unemployed and those receiving French welfare benefits
Metro line 6, Charles-de-Gaulle Étoil