There are many cities in the world that have a Triumph Arch, but Paris’ Arc de Triomphe may just be the most representative of all. Its full name being Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, it is one of the imperial remains of the Napoleon era: It was built between 1806 and 1836 as a triumphant homage to all those who died for France in the Napoleonic Wars. The names of the victories and the generals of the French army are written in its walls. Beneath the arc, there is yet another homage: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, for those who died fighting in World War I.
Arc de Triomphe is also a strategic location, the key point of the historic axis (Axe historique), also known as the triumphal way (Voie Triomphale), a line of important monuments and buildings that includes the Champs Elysées
, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum
, among others.
The Arc de Triomphe is located in Place Charles de Gaulle (which was historically called Place de l’Étoile), a huge roundabout located in the juncture of three of Paris’ arrondissements (that is, districts): the 8th, the 16th and the 17th.
There is something very characteristic about the location of the Arc de Triomphe, something that was reflected it its old name as Place de l’Étoile: it is the place where 12 of the most important avenues of Paris, forming six axes – thus the name Étoile, which means “star”. These avenues are Avenue des Champs Elysées, Avenue de la Grande-Armée, Avenue Kléber, Avenue Victor Hugo, Avenue de Wagram, Avenue d’Iéna, Avenue Foch, Avenue Hoche, Avenue de Friedland, Avenue Marceau, Avenue Carnot and Avenue Mac-Mahon. Undoubtedly, if you book one of GowithOh’s apartments near Arc de Triomphe, you will be able to enjoy a truly unique location.
Arc de Triomphe is the beautiful ending (or beginning, depending on where you’re looking at it) of the great avenue of the Champs Elysées, the main commercial street of the city: There, you will find all the fashion stores you can imagine, and some more, from the major brands for all budgets to haute-couture, as well as stores to buy books, records and technology products. If you decide to go to the opposite direction, taking the avenue of the Grand Armée instead of the Champs Elysées, you will arrive to La Defénse, one of the main financial and commercial districts of Paris – where you will find plenty of shops as well!
Arc de Triomphe is one of the westernmost tourist attractions of Paris, so you will be a little bit far from the tourist centre if you want to walk there. If you book one of GowithOh’s apartments near Arc de Triomphe, your best option is to take the metro. Paris has an extensive metro, and a few lines stop by Arc de Triomphe, which means that you have plenty of options to go to other interesting parts of the city. The metro station Charles de Gaulle – Étoile is one of the best: there, you can get lines 1, 2 and 6. Line 1 will take you through the Champs Elysées until Place de la Concorde, the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame. If you want to visit the greatest attraction of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, you can get Line 6, which will take you to Trocadéro, where you will get the best view of the beautiful attraction.
Arc de Triomphe is one of the most beautiful places of Paris. The overwhelming traffic around it (it’s located it a big roundabout where many huge avenues converge, including the famous Champs Elysées) may seem weird at first, for such a big monument, but you will soon realise how, oddly, it makes it even more beautiful: lots of cars will run past it very fast, while the huge monument remains there, immobile – as it has been for centuries. Don’t forget to pay your respects to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a tribute to the soldiers fallen during World War I.
Once, you’ve admired the beautiful Arc de Triomphe, you will still have many things to do in the capital of France. If you book one of GowithOh’s apartments near Arc de Triomphe, you will not be far from the Eiffel Tower.
You can get the metro until Trocadero, but you can also walk there, if you take avenue Kléber and go straight south.
If you book one of our apartments near Arc de Triomphe, we can guarantee you that you won’t starve at all – there are plenty of options for all kinds of foodies! For a wonderful traditional French dinner, try L’Etoile 1903, where you will be able to enjoy a tasty French meal in a beautiful place and a nice atmosphere.
If you have a sweet tooth, Arc de Triomphe is a perfect location as well. Paris is full of bakeries where you will find the most amazing pastries, but there is an especially enjoyable one in the area: Pauls, located in the Champs Elysées, where some say you will be able to find one of the best croissants in Paris – if you’re able to pick just a croissant among all that goodness!
If you’re travelling with children and want something simpler that they will enjoy (the elaborate French cuisine is sometimes not to the taste of the youngest palates), there is also a Pizza Hut nearby. It may also be some relief from the adults’ wallet, who will, for once, avoid a pricey restaurant.
If you want to go dancing, the club Le Duplex is very close to Arc de Triomphe. Entrance costs 20 euros, and you can check what kind of party they have for the evening in their website. For a nice and relaxing drink instead, try Sir Winston, a great English pub where you will be able to have a refreshing beer and a bite too, if you’re hungry or you skipped dinner.
But, do you know what the best night plan is if you book one of our apartments near Arc de Triomph? A walk towards the monument from the Champs Elysées, once the stores are closed and there is less people around: The illuminated monument will come closer as you walk, and you will be able to admire its beauty.