Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photo by alphacityguides.
  • Staircase inside Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photo by alphacityguides.

Arc de Triomphe

What we love…

  • Honoring those that died during the French Revolution and the Neapolitan War the Arc de Triomphe today serves as an anchor at the west end of the famous shopping street Champs-Élysées in the Place Charles de Gaulle the circular intersection.
  • Because of the downward slope of Champs-Élysées the view from the top of the Arc is stellar. You can also see the La Defense, the Eiffel tower and Sacré-Coeur, which makes the Acr a great opportunity for a photo opt.
  • To get to inside you have to take the underground passage before the circle, unless of course you fancy playing chicken with Parisian traffic.


  • The evenings are the best time to view the city from the top of the Arc. The street lights illuminate the city making it twinkle, and if you are able to catch the Eiffel Tower light show it's even better.
  • The only way to the top is a tiny winding staircase with over 200 stairs so pace yourself.
  • Between April and September hours are extended from 10 am-11 pm. 

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Hours & Location

Arc de Triomphe
Sun - Sat: 10:00-22:30
  • Place Charles de Gaulle
    75008 Paris , Paris (75)
    Phone: 03 5537 7377