This is a guided tour of the Arc de Triomphe, providing the visitor with the history, background, and major events that took place at the Arch. For the casual visitor, the Arch is simply a tourist destination. But for the French nation, the Arch represents the collective memory of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives for their country. It is a solemn place, with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Eternal Flame.
For the tourist, however, the Arc de Triomphe is a splendid monument. It is indeed monumental, in both size and decors, and it warrants a visit. The best place to enjoy the Arch is at the very top, on the terrace, which affords spectacular views over the city. You can see the entire city, with an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. See Paris from the rooftops!
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⚠️ There's no elevator to reach the top, so you must climb the 284 steps.
⚠️ Bags, items exceeding 40cmX40cmX20cm and strollers aren't allowed.
ℹ️ Under-18s, EU citizens and regularized EU residents aged 18-25, French jobseekers and disabled visitors and their carers get in free with a valid ID.
ℹ️ Please also note that last admission 45 minutes before closing, during peak times 1 hour before closing due to safety reasons.