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Visiting the Arc de Triomphe not only gives you one of the best views of Paris, but it gives you a sense of history in the city of lights.
The Arc de Triomphe stands 164 feet in height at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. It was inaugurated in 1836 and later the tomb of the unknown soldier was added in 1921. The monument is open for visitors from 10 am through 10:30 pm each day. During our first trip to Paris before our self guided tour of the Champagne region, we decided to spend a morning checking out the monument.
How To Visit Arc de Triomphe
For our visit, we took a stroll to the Champs-Élysées from our suite at the Prince de Galles Luxury Collection hotel (on a later trip we’d stay at the Park Hyatt Paris and liked it better), turned left and walked directly towards the monument. It was all in all about a 15 minute leisurely stroll.
We paid about about 8 Euros at the time of our visit, but you can always find the latest information here. Of course I used my “what to say in Paris to get by phrase” to order my tickets in English, and it worked very well.
Walking up to the monument you get a sense of the size and grandeur of one of the most famous monuments in all of Paris.
You take the winding stairs all the way up to the top.
You immediately get the sense that the famous avenues diverge from the Arc de Triomphe. During our first trip to Paris, we really enjoyed visiting the monument to get a sense of the places we wanted to visit while in the city.
We highly recommend any first time or returning visitor take a quick stop at the Arc de Triomphe to ground yourself in the city. Our quick walk to the monument was a great way to start our trip.
Have you ever been to the Arc de Triomphe? Did you think it was a worthwhile use of time in Paris? What are some of the other monuments you like in the city?
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