Siegessäule (Victory Column), Berlin

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Straße des 17. Juni, Berlin-Tiergarten 391 29 61
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    Victory Column

    by magor65 Written May 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Victory Column stands in the Grosser Stern - a large roundabout in the centre of Tiergarten. But it's not its original location. This triumphiant figure used to stand in the square in front of the Reichstag and in 1938 it was moved to its present place. I don't know the reasons for this decision.
    The statue was built to commemorate Prussian victories over Denmark, France and Austria. The base-reliefs show the battle-scenes.
    The eight-metre tall figure stands on a column which is 67 metres high. There is a view - terrace at the foot of the statue.

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    Column of Victory

    by Audrey118 Written Mar 2, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At the centre of the Tiergarten, stands the Column of Victory (Siegess?ule), 67m high, surrounded by a large roundabout called "Gro?er Stern".

    The column was completed in 1873 by Johann Heinrich Strack for the K?nigsplatz in front of the Reichstag. It was constructed to celebrate the military successes of Prussia over Denmark in 1864, Austria in 1866 and France in 1870 and 71, it was inaugurated in 1873 by the Emperor William 1.

    The statue of Victoria, popularly called the Golden Elsa, was added some years later by F.Drake. She commemorates Prussian victories of war.

    In 1938 Hitler moved it from its place in front of the Reichstag to the centre of Tiergarten where it stands today in preparation for his plans for Germania, the new capital of the ReichThere is a 285 steps upthere to see a wondeful view of the large park.

    Symbol of Victory - Prussian Glory
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    Victory Column (Siegessäule)

    by Mandy23 Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It stood first in front of the Reichstag and in 1938 it was moved to the Großer Stern crossroads in the 'Tiergarten'. This was done by Albert Speer, an architect who worked for Hitler. The top of the Siegessäule has an observatory, offering great views on Berlin.

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    The Siegesaule (Victory...

    by nighthawk Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Siegesaule (Victory column)is 67 metres high. It was built between 1865 and 1873 and it's a project of Heinrich Strack.Originally it was on the Konigsplatz (King square) in front of the Reichstag. Because of the great plans Albert Speer had with the grounds that laid before the Reichstag it was decided that there was no longer room for such a 19th century monument. It was placed here in 1938 and it was raised with 6,5 metres.On top of the column is a 8,3 metres high 'Victoria', made by Friedrich Drake and around it are three rowes of gilted gun barrels that are a remembrance to the victory on Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870). At the foot of the column are four bronze reliefs with scenes of the war in 1870, which were removed in 1945 by the French and were replaced in 1987 at the 750 th annual of the city.

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    Victory ColumnEnjoy a...

    by zys1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Victory Column

    Enjoy a marvellous view over the Tiergarten from the top of it.

    Moved from the front of the Reichstag to the centre of the Tiergarten in 1938, the Siegessaule, or Victory Column celebrates the military successes of Prussia. 285 steps to the top guarantees one of the best views of Berlin.

    ( NOTE: IT is one stop of bus 100, you can arrive this place easily by bus 100.)

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    Walk, walk, walk. A good...

    by jhawk1000 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Walk, walk, walk. A good place to start is in the Tiergarten area by the zoo. Go to the Siegesaule and then go right past the Soviet war memorial to the Reichstag. Go down Unter den Linden.
    You must also go to the Reichstag if nothing more than to hang around. It is easily the most accessible capital I have ever been around and just walking around it is full of historical references. This is a picture of the Victory Column.

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    See the Siegerseule

    by jonkb Updated Mar 7, 2003

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    Fondest memory: It's right in the middle of the Tiergarten Park, and offers a wonderfull, but distant view of Berlin. It's possible to visit the top via a spiral staircase inside. The coloumn was risen in memory of germanys victory in war.

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    Keeps you fit

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Sep 21, 2007

    Favorite thing: Cross the road by a tunnel which will bring you safely to the centre {the Grosser Stern}and the Siegessaule which is only a few €s to walk up.
    A gilded figure by Friedrich Drake representing Victory, known as the 'Goldelse', was added to the top, of the column based on a design by Johann Heinrich Strack.

    Fondest memory: Great views from the top but a long way up many steps, it will keep you fit.
    Remember your camera spare memory card and batteries.

    SIEGESSAULE Unter Den Linten Riechstag Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtnis-Kirche & Europa centre Triumphal Column {Siegessaule}
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    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 24, 2006

    Favorite thing: Erected in 1873 to commemorate Prussia's military successes and currently located around the middle of Tiergarten (a huge nice park), towards the western-central part of Berlin. It's straight ahead from Brandenburger Tor and it's a nice - but VERY LONG - walk along the wide avenue with the park at each side.

    You may go inside the column, although I think there's nothing in there except for the possibility of climbing it and having a panoramic view of the city. In order to reach the monument you have to go through an underground tunnel (I think there are 2). There are 4 entrances around the rotonda, 2 for each tunnel; you walk downstairs to reach the tunnel, which goes all the way underneath the road through to the rotonda. Then you have to pay if you want to go inside the monument.

    NOTE: Check out the entrance you take in order to walk underground, as I used one that took me to a tunnel where there was no light inside and it was really scary and dangerous to walk through it without seeing anything -- the tunnel is really long so you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel! So check before entering that the artificial light is working inside the tunnel, otherwise take a different entrance (pick one located on the opposite extreme of the rotonda and not just across the street on the same side, so you can access a different tunnel)!!

    Fondest memory: The column of victory in Berlin is really similar to the Independence Monument we have in Mexico City which is a golden Angel of victory on top of a very high column, located in a rotonda in the middle of a big avenue (ours is quite higher though). In Mexico this is the place where people gather when there is something to celebrate - especially when our national soccer team wins an important match - and now (2006) that the World Cup will be taking place in Germany there's a funny TV commercial where some Mexican TV broadcasters search for the Siegessaule in order to go and celebrate our "future triumphs" around this column...

    Siegessaule in Berlin
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    Victory Column

    by JUNLI Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Five large roads merge into the roundabout called Grosser Stern, the 69m-high Victory Column stands there which rather cockily commemorates 19th century Prussian military exploits.

    There are 285 steps of spiral staircase leading to the top for an eyeful of the park and surrounds. I still remembered the exhausting climbing and the stairs seemed to be endless at that moment. :-) In the end, the panoramic view on the top would give the best reward to everyone who had strived.

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