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Arc de Triomphe

Climb to the top of this grand historic monument for a spectacular view over the beating heart of Paris.

Soaring 50 metres above the Parisian skyline, the top of the Arc de Triomphe is a great vantage point from which to look out across the city, and to see the cars approaching from 12 different avenues to the traffic island on which the monument stands.

Built by Napoleon I after his military victory at Austerlitz in 1806, it was completed 30 years later, long after the French leader died. It was commissioned as a memorial to those who had fought in the Napoleonic Wars, and on the sides you can see engravings commemorating French troops and leaders. You'll also see François Rude's 'The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792', portraying French folk defending their country led by Liberty – a work that would become known as La Marseillaise after the country's song.

It won't cost you to explore the base of the arch which lies at a busy junction. The pillars of the arch are so wide that a pilot famously flew his plane through it back in 1919. You can also see the grave and eternal flame here of the unknown soldier, in remembrance of those who died in World War I. The flame is rekindled every day at 6:30 p.m.

You will have to pay a fee to reach the top of the arch. Head up its 284 steps or take the lift. When you're at the top, apart from the magnificent view, you’ll also find museum and a gift shop.

The monument can be reached by car or by walking along the Champs Elysées. Even though this is a busy traffic junction, there is enough space for you to comfortably stop and admire the monument's ornate design. You can also take the bus, metro or railway, but be aware that parking is likely to be difficult if you're driving.

Situated on the Right Bank in the 16th arrondissement, the Arc de Triomphe is open daily. If you're here for Bastille Day, the monument marks the focal point of the parade, with a huge flag draped down the façade.


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Hotel Monceau Wagram Rs5,174
Hotel Monceau Wagram

Hotel Monceau Wagram

7 Rue Rennequin, Paris, Paris
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Champs-Elysees and Parc Monceau. Arc de Triomphe and Lido are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ternes Station is only a 5-minute walk and Courcelles Station is 5 minutes.

    Hotel de Sevigne Rs5,174
    Hotel de Sevigne

    Hotel de Sevigne

    6 rue De Belloy, Paris, Paris
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Lido. Avenue Montaigne and Place du Trocadero are also within 15 minutes. Boissiere Station and Kleber Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées
      Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées

      Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées

      12 Rue De Marignan, Paris, Paris
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the business district, just steps away from Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Elysees. Lido and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore are also within 10 minutes. Franklin D. Roosevelt Metro Station is only a 5-minute walk and Saint-Philippe du Roule Station is 7 minutes.

        Hotel Eiffel Turenne Rs5,864
        Hotel Eiffel Turenne

        Hotel Eiffel Turenne

        20 Avenue De Tourville, Paris, Paris
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue Cler and Les Invalides. Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower are also within 15 minutes. Ecole Militaire Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Tour-Maubourg Station is 6 minutes.

          Hotel Galileo Rs5,795
          Hotel Galileo

          Hotel Galileo

          54 Rue Galilee, Paris, Paris
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is steps away from Avenue Georges V and Champs-Elysees. Lido and Arc de Triomphe are also within 10 minutes. George V Station is only a 3-minute walk and Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station is 6 minutes.

            Atala Champs Elysées Rs12,495
            Atala Champs Elysées

            Atala Champs Elysées

            10 Rue Chateaubriand, Paris, Paris
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Lido and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Arc de Triomphe and Avenue Montaigne are also within 10 minutes. George V Station is only a 4-minute walk and Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station is 5 minutes.

              Hotel Balmoral - Champs Elysees Rs9,659
              Hotel Balmoral - Champs Elysees

              Hotel Balmoral - Champs Elysees

              6 Rue Du General Lanrezac, Paris, Paris
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Lido. Palais des Congres de Paris and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore are also within 15 minutes. Paris Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station and Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Hotel Lord Byron Rs12,342
                Hotel Lord Byron

                Hotel Lord Byron

                5 rue chateaubriand, Paris, PAR
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lido and Arc de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower and Palais Garnier are also within 2 mi (3 km). George V Station is only a 3-minute walk and Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Station is 6 minutes.