There are countless emblematic monuments of Paris. The Cathedral Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacred Heart … One would almost forget the famous Arc de Triomphe on the Place de l’Etoile at the top of the Champs-Elysees.
Being one of the most visited monuments of the capital, quite a large crowd rushes to the foot of the Arc de Triomphe to visit it, but a cut-line ticket to book online (at the same price as the classic entrance), lets you pass in front of everyone to avoid the tail.
The Arc de Triomphe, a symbolic monument
If a monument really rivals the Eiffel Tower as a symbol of Paris, it is the magnificent Arc de Triomphe dating from 1836 that was ordered by Napoleon I, after his victory at Austerlitz in 1805 (construction began in 1806). Unfortunately, he died before the completion of the monument.
The Arc de Triomphe stands proudly in the center of the roundabout of the Place de l’Etoile. From the viewing platform at the top of the arch (50 m high), you can see the 12 avenues that “radiate” around the square.
At the foot of the building, you will have the opportunity to gather on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, installed under the Arc de Triomphe in tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died during the First World War. Every evening at 18:30 pm, the flame is revived and you can contemplate it with emotion.
How to Get there
It is relatively easy to go to the Arc de Triomphe. You just have to go out at Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile station on lines 1, 2, 6 of the metro and the RER A. Be careful , do not try to cross the roundabout on foot to reach the Arc de Triomphe , and instead take the underpass (called passage of the Souvenir, or underground passage of the Arc de Triomphe) which is located in between the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in the east and the Avenue of the Grande-Armée.
Once you arrive under the Arc de Triomphe, you can then introduce yourself at the entrance. 284 steps will take you to the summit of the Arc de Triomphe ( top of the building). Once up there, this stone pedestal overlooks the French capital. Thanks to the cut-line ticket, you have no reason to miss this French wonder. Inside, you will be able to follow a fascinating exhibition tracing the symbolic importance of the monument.
Tips for visiting the Arc de Triomphe
Why buy the fast-track ticket to reach the summit of the Arc de Triomphe? The answer is very simple. The classic entrance at the foot of the monument is €12. For the same price, you will pass in front of everyone to save precious time. Although less crowded than the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe still attracts more than a million visitors each year.
Before booking your ski pass ticket for the summit of the Arc de Triomphe, it is necessary to note some information:
- Admission is free for children under 18 years old (with family and outside school groups), for 18-25 year-olds (nationals of European Union countries and non-European regular residents in France), for disabled persons and their accompanying person, and for job seekers (upon presentation of a certificate of fewer than 6 months),
- The last entry is 45 minutes before closing,
- Your ticket is valid for one year on the date of your choice,
- After the mandatory security checkpoint as part of the vigipirate plan, show your digital ticket to be scanned,
- For security reasons, bulky bags (measuring more than 40x40x20 cm) are not allowed. There is no luggage locker in the monument.
From January 2nd to March 31st: open every day from 10am to 10.30pm
From April 1st to September 30th: open every day from 10am to 11pm
From October 1st to December 31st: open every day from 10am to 10.30pm
The Arc de Triomphe is closed on January 1st, May 1st, May 8th (morning), July 14th (morning), November 11th (morning) and December 25th.