Grande Arche de la Défense
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- 89%Local Culture
- 77%Budget Travelers
- 59%Luxury Travelers
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- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureBusiness Travelers+ 3
The Grand Arche is considered to be the modern Arc du Triumph and it's perfectly aligned with the old Arc on the same direction. You can also climb the l'Arche - like it's called - and have a wonderful view of the Arc du Triumph, Champs Elisees, jardin des Tuilleries and the Louvre at the end. If you don't have a lot of time in Paris, skip it, but if you do, it's nice to see the modern part of the city.Recommended for:
- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 3
la grande arche est très bien située dans l'axe des champs elysées. Il n'est plus possible de monter au sommet depuis 3 ans malheureusement. C'est très dommage on y avait une vue superbe. derrière l'arche il y a une passerelle que l'on peut emprunter pour pouvoir prendre de belles photos de l'arche.
Sur toute l'esplanade de la Défense, il y a également beaucoup de sculptures et oeuvres d'art modernes ce qui en fait une promenade sympathique. Et un centre commercial très moderne ou l'on peut faire une séance de shopping ou manger un morceau.Recommended for:
- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureFamily Travelers+ 4
La Défense is is a neat part of the city, but not a highlight if you're short on time. What's more impressive is the arche's positioning relative to the Arc de Triomphe.Recommended for:
- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 4
La Defence. By architect Otto von Spreckelsen. I do not know him well but the building is incredible. Sit on the immense steps or take the view of the other Arche from the top. Here I took one of my favorite photographs.
- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 13
Massive structure that can be seen from almost anywhere in Paris with a bit of elevation. It is a modern structure, and is quite different from much of the more romantic and historical architecture you will probably be seeing in a visit to ParisRecommended for:
- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers
The Grande Arche stands in a line with the L'Arc de Triomphe and the L'Arc du Caroussel in the Louvre. If you take the elevator to the top, you can appreciate the positioning of this modern structure. It is out of the centre of Paris in the Defense area among many office towers.Recommended for:
- Grande Arche de la Défense
Amazing place... very different style to the 'Arc de Triomphe' visable in the far distance at the top of the 'Champs Elysee'.
Lots of modern architecture in the immediate area... Real feeling of light and space here... quite an antidote to the overkill of the classic french style in the centre of Paris.
- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofFoodiesStudentsLuxury Travelers+ 2
The Grande Arche is spotted in front of the Arc de Triomphe from its similarity, nothing much to do here other than some photographs and explore the Defense area. the mall at the right isn't bad with some cinemas and fast food restaurants, very business feel.. I visited around sunset, it was calm and empty.
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- Grande Arche de la DéfenseMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
This is the business section of Paris and may not be for everybody but we liked walking around here to see a different view of the city. It is easy to get here on subway line number 1. The Arch is in a direct line with the Arch de Triumph.
- Grande Arche de la DéfenseFirst to Review
Imagine you are in Paris with an extra 4 hours to explore (hard to believe, but it can happen), and you are at the 'Arc de Triomphe'. Way in the distance... outside of the city is another square looking arch. That arch is the Grande Arche de la Defense!
Hop on the subway and take it all the way to the end... to La Defense station and find your way to the surface. You are now at that place... and that place is an architectural wonderland. It's a mix of new buildings and old, of residential and commercial, of restaurants and shopping and public art.
While the girls shop on the Champs Élysées, you can be having your own architectural visual adventure.
Not everyone who visits Paris makes their way out to the grand arch, and I'm sure not everyone is that in love with architecture. But for the 3 or 4 hours I spent in getting out there, having a meal and coming back... I felt like I found a little secret spot of Paris not many tourists take the time to explore.
But then again... I'm a fan of architecture.