It’s not the most exciting destination, but history buff’s will love the Arc de Triomphe. The significant historical value coupled and proximity to other great attractions makes worthy of a spot on your to do list while visiting Paris.
It’s worth noting that I visited in mid January. It was cold, rainy and grey (which was expected). Visiting Paris in Spring/Summer is definitely a better time of year to visit.
Arc de Triomphe
If you’re into European history, the Arc de Triomphe has significant historical value to France. This monument is located in the middle of Place Charles de Gaulle, an intersection of 12 avenues around the monument.
The monument was constructed in the early 18th century to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars and stands tall today in the middle of a bustling city full of cars, busses and mopeds.
Visiting the Arc de Triomphe is easy, busses drop off on adjacent streets and is only 30-45 minutes from the Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.
Grab a bite to eat from one of the dozens of cafes and bistros on the surrounding avenues. The ambiance is exactly what you would expect from an authentic Paris restaurant.