If you are planning a trip to Paris France, there are a lot of things to do and a lot of sights to see. If you are limited on time and have to skip an attraction, the Arc De Triomphe is one that you do NOT want to skip. It looks like a big giant arch, but it’s a lot more than that. You can actually go inside where there’s a museum, roof access, and the never-ending winding staircase from hell (no joke). From the roof, the views of the city are spectacular, not as good as the Eiffel Tower’s top level, but also not near as expensive or near as crowded.
The Arc De Triomphe costs less than $15 per person for a basic skip-the-line pass, which will allow you access up to the roof (terrace) and entrance into the museum where you can learn about the history associated with the Arc and what it means to France.
As far as I know, there is no elevator (lift) to the museum and to the top, so be sure to bring some water to drink, because that stairwell is long and steep, and during the summer months it’s sweltering hot inside the stairwell. Once you make it up the stairwell, the museum and terrace make it all worth it. Be sure to also bring a camera as their are many photo-worthy parts of this attraction.
A visit to the Arc De Triomphe is only a couple of hours, maybe less depending on the line and depending on the crowds, so it’s easy to squeeze it in between attractions if you must, but just make sure you don’t miss it.
Never-ending staircase from hell