Arc de Triomphe
Place de l’Étoile, Paris, France
On the Champs-Élysées
(the “mp” becomes an “n”)
Getting to the Top
If you have a Museum Pass, avoid the long line in the underground tunnel and head to the front of the line
You will climb a LONG circular iron staircase to an unexpected Tourism Center toward the top, the bathrooms (la salle de bain) circa 1950’s
The rooftop was anti-climactic to us, it is so barren.
In contrast, the stone steps to the towers of Notre Dame seemed twice the climb. The slightly uneven and imperfect stone steps are approximately the same height as the Arc de Triomphe. The view is not much better, but there is so much of the tower to see, the gargoyles, bells, towers, integration with the total cathedral roof. The masonry! Well worth the climb.
For a better view, we suggest:
-The Plaza at La Defense
-The top floor balconies at Centre Pompidou
(although, we have never been to the top of Tour Eiffel