Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is situated at the western end of the Champs Élysées on a roundabout in the middle of Place Charles de Gaulle. This is an intersection of twelve busy roads.
This 50m high monument based on the Roman Arch of Titus was completed in 1836 and honours those who fought and died for France in war. The names of all French victories and generals are carved into the four pillars. There are also several statues depicting important events in French history.
You can see the location on my Paris map
. In order to get close to the Arc de Triomphe you need to use the subway which surfaces on Champs Élysées and Avenue de la Grande Armée. Trying to walk across the roads is not advised.
It's possible to go inside and climb the 284 step spiral stairway to the roof but for this you have to pay. Prices valid to 31st March 2013 are as follows-
18-25 year old- €6.00,
under 18s- Free.
There are also special rates for groups.
1st April to 30th September - 10am to 11pm.
1st October to 31st March - 10am to 10.30pm.