Take to La Grande Arche’s expansive 1000m² promenade to experience open-air panoramic views of Paris unlike any other.

Designed by Danish architect Johan Otto von Spreckelsen and Danish engineer Erik Reitzel, La Grande Arche pays homage to Arc de Triomphe through shape and form. It stands today as one of the world’s most impressive high-rises.

The monument is turned at an angle that allows metro, RER stations and a motorway to be directly situated beneath it. Its angle also formed a secondary axis with two of the highest buildings in Paris - the Eiffel Tower and Tour Montparnasse - at the time of its unveiling, in 1989, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most iconic sights in the city.

 

La Grande Arche Highlights 

Take the stairs: Climb the impressive, white marble stairs up to the top. These stairs are spacious enough for hundreds of people to relax outside and discover a new vantage point to the city.

Experience The Sky Avenue: The largest terrace in Paris is located on the rooftop of the Grande Arche. Walk across its 100-meter long footbridge and spot the city’s storied landmarks – the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower – around you. La Grande Arche also provides an excellent view over France’s largest open-air museum in the plaza of La Défense. The exhibition space displays 69 monumental pieces, including Le Stabile by Calder and Le Pouce by César.

Then take the elevator: The dramatic views don’t stop when you descend. La Grande Arche’s panoramic views keep going even in its lift, 100m back down to the ground floor.

 

Facts about La Grande Arche

The monument is a massive structure when seen up-close: 108m wide, 110m high and 112m deep.

La Grande Arche de la Defense is not only a tourist attraction, it houses some government offices on two of its sides.

The compelling shape and form of this structure has been noted as looking like a hypercube (a tesseract) projected onto the three-dimensional world.

 

What’s on at La Grande Arche

YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND RETROSPECTIVE
28 June – 1 December

Explore the thematic work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand on the rooftop of La Grande Arche. Uncovering the ‘true state of the world’, this exhibit showcases his first photographs, including those of the Bestiaux where hunters pose with hunted animals, the portraits of the French, and his big project “the Earth from the sky”. In association with the Good Planet Foundation, this exhibit raises awareness around our environmental impact and the need for a more responsible, ecologically-respect lifestyle.

 

How to get there

Train
RER A

Metro
1

Tram
2

Bus
73, 141, 158, 159

 

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Address:

1, parvis de la Défense 92 044 Paris La Défense Cedex

Telephone:

0140905220

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