Siegessaeule - Victory Column, Berlin
In the middle of The Tiergarten at Großer Stern, stands the Siegeßaule, or Victory Column, and if you’ve got €3 - and the energy - it’s possible to climb the 285 steps to the viewing gallery that sits just under Victoria, the Roman goddess of Victory.
‘Golden Lizzie’ as she’s known locally, must have witnessed some of Berlin’s most historical events over the years. The column was originally conceived to commemorate the 1864 Prussian victory over Denmark, but by the time it was finished, it symbolised much more. When Emperor Wilhelm I unveiled it on 2nd Sept 1873 there had been another two wars and the German Empire had been born.
It was initially located in front of the Reichstag in Konigsplatz (Platz der Republik today), but was re-positioned in 1938 to fit in with the Nazi’s vision of Albert Speer’s ‘Germania’.
There are 4 sections to the 67m high column, the lower 3 of which represent the three wars and adorned, if that’s the right word, with cannons captured from these conflicts.
More captured cannons were used in the making of the bronze bas-reliefs at the base of the monument, but perhaps even more striking is the mosaic frieze on the rotunda at the base of the column which symbolizes the founding of the second German Empire.
Even though the area around the Siegeßaule was devastated during WW2, the column somehow miraculously survived relatively unscathed, although plenty of bullet holes can still be seen as a reminder. The same evidence can be seen on some of Albert Speer’s four neo-classical temples that serve as the entrances to the pedestrian underpass that gives access to the monument.
The Siegessaule is open throughout the year and can be reached by taking the well used bus #100.
The victory column was built to commemorate the Prussian victory over Denmark in the Danish-Prussian war in 1864. By the time it was completed in 1873 Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1. The column is 69m tall topped with an 8.3m gilded figure sometimes referred to as ‘Chick on the Stick’ or ‘Golden Lizzy’.
For a small fee you can climb the 285 steps to a viewing platform just below the statue. The column originally stood in the now named Platz der Republik but it got in the way of Nazi plans for the new German Capital of Germania and it was moved to its present site in 1939. Had the column remained in its original postion it would have no doubt been destroyed during WW2.
Pedestrian route to Siegessäule
Victory column of Berlin was constructed in 1873 after a few years to commemorate Prussian win against French. It was the war of unification, with leader Otto von Bismarck.
At first it was located near nowadays Parliament, in Square of Republic, but later was moved to crossroad of main streets, as it was an idea of Nazis to centralize sculpture and remodel Berlin to so called "Germania".
This place is also significant, as it was used for USA presidential candidate Barack Obama speech in 2008. It is also possible to lift up for a view, but I haven't made that.
The Victory column is 69 m high. It was built in 1873 and its original place was the Platz der Republik. The column was moved in 1939 in Tiergarten. There is also a brilliant mosaic depicting the foundation of the German Empire in 1871. The entrance fee is 3 euro. 265 steps lead to a breathtaking view of the whole city.
The Column of Victory is 220ft high, and reminding on the Prussian victories of war in 1864 and 1866 and 1870-71. The Column rises in the middle of a huge roundabout at Strasse des 17. Juni, called Grosser Stern. It's in the midst of Berlin's Tiergarten. Visits on the platform at the Column's top are possible. So far you haven't walk there or haven't take the subway but drove by car, it's quite an adventure to get around the roundabout there. After all it's fun to end up in the woods and explore the amazing green of the Tiergarten district. Just beautiful.
.... isn't actually an angel at all but that is what she is known as and everyone would know what you were talking about if you asked where it was so let's not be pedantic here.
I am very fond of her anyway and it was great to see her still looking so good after 30-odd years. I always felt we were "nearly home" whenever we had been out in the car on family visits somewhere and I saw her.. I knew Charlottenburg wasn't too far away! In fact she can be seen for miles in many directions and visitors can climb up to the viewing platform. I'm not sure if there is a charge for this as I didn't go up - (having walked the length of 17 Juni Strasse I didn't really feel up to it! )
West of Branderburg Gate there was wide boulevard (Straße des 17 Juni) which crossed the Tiergarten park. The boulevard was dominated by 67m (220 ft) high Victory Column (Siegessäule in German) which stood in the middle of roundabout called Großer Stern (Larger Circle). The column was built in 1864–73 to commemorate victory in the Prussian-Danish war. There was the golden statue of Victory (35 tons!) on its top which was added after further victories against Austria and France.
The most interesting fact is that the column first stood in another place: on the Königsplatz (now the Platz der Republik, in front of the Reichstag) and in 1938/39, the monument was moved to the Großer Stern. Hmm... they had to use quite special technology and technics to move it.
I remember this landmark of Berlin from TV showing over 1 milion ravers dancing around Victory Column during Loveparade.
There was a viewing platform on the column just below the statue (access by stairs) which offered a panoramic view of the city (2.20 €).
daily 9.30 am - 5.30 pm;
Summertime (1 April - 31 October)
daily 9.30 am - 6.30 pm.
This momument was once opposite the Reichstag but was moved in the 1940's. After running up the 250 or so steps it has some amazing views and you can see right down the road to the Brandenburg gate too.
Built in 1873, commemorates the deeds of the soldiers in the Prussian army s.XIX, especially Denmark, Austria and France. The Nazis went to the Tiergarten in 1938 from its former location in the Reichstag, and also lengthen your spine, which currently reaches 67 meters.
Construida en 1.873, conmemora las hazañas militares del ejercito prusiano en el s.XIX, en especial sobre Dinamarca, Austria y Francia. Los nazis la trasladaron a Tiergarten en 1938, desde su antigua ubicacion en el Reichstag, y tambien alargaron su columna, que actualmente alcanza los 67 metros.
Situated on a roundabout in the centre of the Tiergarten (access via a tunnel) the column provides views of the city from its 48m high viewing platform. There isn't a lift, you have to ascend 285 steps of a spiral staircase. The view is worth the climb though.
The Victory Column is a famous sight in Berlin built after 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian war, by the time it was inaugurated in 1873 Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War and France in the Franco-Prussian War, giving the statue a new purpose. Later victories in the so-called Unification Wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 meters high and weighing 35 tonnes.
Surrounded by a heavily trafficked street circle, pedestrians can reach the column through four tunnels, built in 1941. Via a steep spiral staircase of 285 steps, the physically fit may, for a small fee, climb almost to the top of the column, to just under the statue and take-in the spectacular views over the Tiergarten.
This has always been one of my favourite attractions in Berlin. A lonesome column, crowned by a golden angel, in the middle of a busy roundabout named Großer Stern (Big Star). When Berlin was divided we often drove around there and had a look towards Brandenburger Tor in No Man’s Land.
Now as the Wall has gone, you can enjoy a very nice walk from Brandenburger Tor to Siegessäule. Straße des 17. Juni cuts through the enormous park of Tiergarten, and you walk under huge old trees that even shield you in heavy rain. But be prepared, it is a walk of nearly 2 km, past one of the Soviet War Memorials. (Only tour buses drive down this boulevard.) From Siegessäule it is only a short walk to Schloss Bellevue, residence of Germany's President.
The column is 66,89 m high. It was erected as the sign of victory of the Prussians in the combats against Denmark (German-Danish war in 1864), Austria (1866, during the German War) and France (1871, German-French War). It was inaugurated on 2 September 1873. Berliners call the goddess Victoria Gold-Else. They say this is a loving nickname – to me it sounds disrepectful, perhaps because in a famous German sketch Else is a cow!
But this does not change anything in the beauty of the Siegessäule. It is made of polished red granite – and lots and lots of smaller columns. The base is rather massive, reminding of a round Greek temple. The column, also made up of hundreds of columns, gets thinner towards the top where the glorious golden goddess raises her arms and wings.
The base is decorated with four bronze bas-reliefs of great battles. Those had to be removed in 1945 on request of the French and transported to Paris but were re-attached during renovation works in the late 1980’s.
You reach reach the monument through pedestrian tunnels from four corners of the five roads that meet at the roundabout. A spiral staircase with 285 steps leads up to a viewing platform at 50 metres. Great views over Berlin.
Open daily 9.30am – 6.30pm (winter 5.30pm).
Admission 2.20 Euro (as 2007).
Siegessaule (The Victory Column) was built to commommorate the victory of Prussia over Denmrak in Battle Of Sedan. This monument was originally built in front of Reichstag. This was shifted to the present location in the middle of Tier Garten during Nazi era. This tall column provides a panoramic view of Berlin from top. The statue of Godess Victoria designed by F Drake is erected at the top of this memmorial. This monument is open to visitors from 9 AM to 6 PM except Mondays. On Mondays admission starts at 3 PM
The column is to commemorate the victories of Prussia in many battles past. It was built in 1865 and is 210 feet tall. There are 285 steps to the top on a winding staircase, and the view is worth the trek. You can see for miles. The godess on top-called chick on a stick characterized by WWI GI's, is called Victoria; stands to reason. It is decorated at the base by gun barrels taken off the enemy. She is called also Golden Elsa. She is of bronze and gold cover overlay. It is the access of 4 main boulevards and in the middle of Tiergarten, a lovely place.
This is one that I will have good memories about because it is impressive, big and stands for a lot.
Siegessaule was built to commemorate victory in the Prusso-Danish war (1864). After victories against Austria (1866) and France (1871), the gilded figure known as "Goldelse" was added to the top.
Originally this monument stood outside the Reichstag building but the Nazi's moved it in 1938 to it's preent location.
There is an observation terrace at the top which for a couple of euros you can go up to from 9:30am - 6:30pm