Climbing to the Top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
The first priority when my family and I landed in Paris at noon was to stay awake. After traveling for 24 hours, the worst thing to combat jet lag would be to take a nap. We decided to drop off our bags and explore the city. We found the best view of Paris and the best way to get our hearts pumping! One of our favorite activities in Paris was climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
View from the Arc de Triomphe
The best views of Paris are from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Not only are there amazing views of the beautiful shopping on the Champs Élysées, there are also beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower. It was a great place for my kids to get their first glimpse of the city as well as to visit the famous landmark that symbolizes Paris.
Inside the Arc de Triomphe
There are approximately 280 steps up a spiral staircase to climb the Arc de Triomphe. I was surprised when we reached the top. There is a museum as well as a gift shop on the top level. There is one last set set of stairs to get out to the spacious rooftop. At the time we visited they were renovating the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Despite the construction, there was plenty of room for photos and viewing.
Arc de Triumphe Location
The Arc de Triomphe should be entered through the underground walkway. Do not attempt to cross above ground where there is a lot of traffic! The RER line A took us directly from Hilton Paris La Defense. Metro lines 1, 2 or 6 all stop there as well. Exit at the Charles de Gaulle-Étoile station.
Arc de Triumphe Tickets
The ticket window and entrance to climb to the top are underground. Adults are 9.5 Euros, or approximately $12.25. Kids are free to go to the top. There is no charge to view the Arc from the ground level. The stairs were fun to climb, and the reward is when you get to the top!
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Tricia lives in Phoenix with her husband, 14 year-old daughter and 12 year-old son. She is a special education teacher for elementary students. Her family’s favorite memories…