The Arc de Triomphe is a patriotic arch built for martyrs in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Paris. “You will return home through arches of triumph,” said Napoleon. Located near the Place Charles de Gaulle, this structure has stood here since 1806. A must see if you are going to Paris.
HOW TO GO
Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. Flights from major cities across the world land here. You can take the metro from your hotel or take a cab to the Arc. Otherwise, Charles de Gaule – Etoile station, is the station which leads directly to the Arc. There is also a lift and underpasses which help visitors get around the structure. For general information on How to Navigate Paris, follow the link.
WHEN TO GO
Summer is the peak tourist time in Paris as winter is pretty brutal. If you want to avoid the crowded season and the harsh temperatures of winter, then visit in September. At the beginning of winter, there are typically fewer tourists. Plus, the fall season is a great time to experience the romance in the air. It’s neither cold, nor hot, but just perfect.
THINGS TO DO
You can book tickets to Arc de Triomphe online if standing in long lines tires you. Please note, having the Paris City Pass gives you entry to 20 different tourist sites including the Arc. If you want an iconic shot of the Arc de Triomphe, then May 10th or August 1st are the days to visit. The sun sets exactly between the arches on these days. Just, wow!
There are two underground walkways at Champ-Elysses and Grande Armee Avenues that help you to view the sculptures. However, to get to the top of the Arc, you need a ticket. Even if you do not make it to the top, you can still enjoy the structure from below.
La Marseillaise and many sculptures, as well as the Tomb of Unknown Soldier of WW1, await you at the bottom of the monument. If you do make it to the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe, a perfect view of Parisian buildings greets you.
The Louvre, Grande Arche de la Defense, the Champ Élysées, and the Place de la Concorde create the famous historical skyline of Paris, which you can view from the terrace.
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