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Paris’ triumphal arch has welcomed visitors for centuries. Standing at the meeting point of 12 major Parisian roads, including the iconic Champs-Élysées, this imposing monument is so much more than just the centrepiece of a roundabout!
As you approach the Arc de Triomphe, take a moment to stop and admire the view of this majestic structure. The four pillars provide windows down some of the biggest roads in Paris – time your visit for sunset for some truly remarkable photo opportunities. As you get closer to the arch itself, there is plenty of pedestrian-only space, so you can feel free to admire the architecture and decorative artwork safely.
The view from 50 metres above Paris is well worth the admission fee and the 284 steps (a lift is also available). The top of the Arc de Triomphe is home to a museum where you can learn about the history of the monument and a gift shop. Don’t forget your camera to capture the awe-inspiring panoramas from the top – these are especially magical in the early evenings and in the winter, when the trees in the surrounding streets sparkle.
At the base of the arch you’ll discover its true purpose as a memorial for all those who have fought for France. Commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806, after his army’s victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, the inner sides and top are engraved with the details of the battles and victims of the Napoleonic wars, fought between 1803 and 1815. After World War I, the body of an unknown soldier was buried here and an eternal flame was later added to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives in conflict. This purpose is remembered every day at 6:30 pm, when the flame is rekindled.
The Arc de Triomphe’s pillars are all decorated with relief sculptures, depicting scenes from French life, such as Francois Rude’s The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792 as well as allegorical figures, such as Triumph, Peace and Victory.
The Arc de Triomphe is located in Place Charles de Gaulle in the 16th arrondissement on Paris’ Right Bank. The arch is open daily, but if you time your visit around Bastille Day, on 14th July, you’ll have an excellent view of the national parade. This monument is easily accessible via bus, Metro, railway or on foot – it can be difficult to find parking nearby. Underpasses from nearby roads link to the arch, so pedestrians don’t have to battle with the traffic to reach it.
Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palais des Congres de Paris, Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Luis Vuitton Foundation Museum and Grand Palais are also within 3 mi (5 km). Paris Neuilly-Porte-Maillot Station is only a 4-minute walk and Porte Maillot Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Avenue Georges V and Champs-Elysees. Lido and Arc de Triomphe are also within 10 minutes. George V Station is only a 3-minute walk and Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this luxury palace is steps away from Avenue Georges V and Avenue Montaigne. Champs-Elysees and Lido are also within 10 minutes. George V Station is only a 5-minute walk and Alma-Marceau Station is 7 minutes.
Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Champs-Elysees and Parc Monceau. Arc de Triomphe and Lido are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ternes Station is only a 5-minute walk and Courcelles Station is 5 minutes.
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this hotel is steps away from Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees. Lido and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore are also within 10 minutes. Paris Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station is only a 2-minute walk and Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station is 3 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Lido. Avenue Montaigne and Place du Trocadero are also within 15 minutes. Boissiere Station and Kleber Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in 16th Arrondissement, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Baccarat Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Place Charles de Gaulle Etoile and Place du Trocadero are also within 15 minutes. Kleber Station is only a 2-minute walk and Paris Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Lido and Arc de Triomphe. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore and Avenue Montaigne are also within 15 minutes. Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station and George V Station are within a 5-minute walk.