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Located on the Place Charles-de-Gaulle, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is part of the landmarks of Paris and simply belongs to a visit to the metropolis. Directly below the monument, which was completed in 1836, is the grave of the unknown soldier. The observation platform on the Arc de Triomphe requires tickets, which are best purchased online in advance.
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4 tips for visiting the Arc de Triomphe

Ornaments in the Arc de Triomphe | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Be ready to climb stairsThe observation deck of the Arc de Triomphe is located at a height of 164 feet (50 meters). There are a total of 284 steps to climb to the top. As an alternative, there is only one elevator to the middle floor, from which there are only 64 more steps to the observation deck.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Visit the Arc de Triomphe in the eveningAt 6:30 p.m., the flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been ceremonially lit since 1921 and the Champs-Elysées shine in the light of the falling night. This makes a visit to the Arc de Triomphe a very special experience - but also makes for quite a crowd. If you'd rather have it quieter, a morning detour might be more appropriate.
Use the underpassSince the dangerous traffic circle of the Champs-Elysées would be almost impossible to cross safely otherwise, there is an underpass that takes guests below the square directly to the Arc de Triomphe.
Book in advanceThe lines at the Arc de Triomphe can get very long, which is why buying skip-the-line tickets is worth it in any case.
Arc de Triomphe | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Arc de Triomphe de L’Etoile: A Monument Full of History

The monument at the western end of the Champs-Elysées was built under Napoleon from 1806 and is one of the most important sights of Paris.


Napoleon I did not live to see the completion of the mighty structure, but in 1840 his mortal remains were carried in procession under the triumphal arch, completed in 1836. The monument is inspired by ancient Roman monumental buildings, the inscriptions commemorate battles, great military leaders and fallen soldiers.

Christo Wrapping in the past

The Arc de Triomphe was completely covered in 2021 as part of an art project.

The French-Bulgarian artist Christo wanted to wrap the Arc de Triomphe since the early 1960s. Posthumously and as the artist's last gift to his city of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe was shrouded for two and a half weeks in September 2021. Up to six million people are said to have seen the shrouded Arc de Triomphe up close. It was a reminder that there is nothing threatening about crowds in large-scale projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. On the contrary, the massive works exuded peace for a long moment. The silvery shells took the harshness out of the huge official architecture.In countless selfies, this work of art surely lives on. It did the soul good. Paris appeared in a new light.

Paris's highest observation decks

Total height
Height of observation deck
Open since
Arc de TriompheParis | France
50m#4 in Paris#4 in France#81 worldwide
50m#4 in Paris#4 in France#81 worldwide
Eiffel TowerParis | France
324m#1 in Paris#1 in France#42 worldwide
276m#1 in France#36 worldwide
Tour MontparnasseParis | France
210m#2 in Paris#2 in France#75 worldwide
210m#2 in France#63 worldwide
Burj KhalifaDubai | UAE
828m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
585m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
Empire State BuildingNew York | USA
443m#3 in USA#17 worldwide
373m#3 in USA#14 worldwide
The ShardLondon | UK
310m#1 in UK#46 worldwide
244m#1 in UK#52 worldwide
Arc de Triomphe is number 4 in Paris and number 81 on the worldwide list of the tallest buildings with an observation deck.

General information

opening hours

The Arc de Triomphe observation deck is open from January 2 to March 31 and between October 1 and December 31 from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. From April 1 to September 30, the Arc de Triomphe observation deck is open to guests from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. The attraction is closed on January 1, the morning of May 8 and November 11, as well as May 1 and December 25.


Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-Gaulle
75008 Paris


Tickets for the Arc de Triomphe cost €13 regular or €10 reduced (for teachers and 18-25 year olds from outside the EU). Free admission is available to guests under 25 years of age residing in the EU, disabled persons, job seekers, journalists, and people working in tourism, among others. Between November and March, admission is also free for everyone on the first Sunday of each month.

how to get there

By metro, you can reach the Arc de Triomphe with lines 1, 2 and 6 via the Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile stop. The RER line A also stops here, as do buses on lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and the Balabus. Paid parking is available around Place Charles-de-Gaulle.
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