Sightseeing Around The Champs Elysees

The most famous street in Paris is the Avenue des Champs Elysees, which draws millions of tourists and sightseers every year.

It's best known for the landmarks that are either end of the street: the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde.

The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe stands in center of the Place De L'Etoile - at the western end of the Avenue.

It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 after his victory at Austerlitz. However, it wasn't finished until almost 30 years later.

Arc De Triomphe

It's 51 metres tall and, if you're visiting Paris, it's worth going to the top of the Arc, because it offers spectacular views of the area around the Champs Elysees and the Place De L'Etoile.

Place De La Concorde & Cleopatra's Needle

At the other end of the Champs Elysees is Concorde, home of the famous obelisk. The obelisk was a gift from Egypt in 1833 and is 3,300 years old.

Other Activities Around The "Champs"

Apart from Arc and Concorde, the main attraction of the Champs Elysees is the Parisians.

They come here to shop during the day and, in the evening, to walk, to visit the cinema or clubs.

So, it's a great place to people watch.

However, apart from the people - and you shouldn't forget the shopping - there are other things to look out for:

- Near Place de la Concorde is the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French president.

- The Champs is used for the annual Bastille day parade (the largest military parade in Europe) and for Paris' main New Year party.

- Paris' main tourist information center is on in the Champs Elysees, near the "Arc end" of the street.

- The Avenue is also famous in the sporting world as the venue for the final stage of the Tour De France bike race.

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