Siegessaeule - Victory Column, Berlin
This monument was dedicated to the (first) unification of Germany in 1871 after the German victory over France in the same year. It is crowned by a golden victory goddess and there is a viewing platform on top. The view - despite its nearness to Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate - is nonetheless not too spectacular as Berlin has no interesting skyline. Don`t forget to look at the mosaics on the medium level though, they are nice.
If you're in the Tiergarten, take time to have a look at the Siegessäule (Triumphal Column). It was designed to commemorate victory in the Prusso-Danish war in 1864 but by the time it was inaugerated in 1873, further victories over Austria and France required celebrating so a bronze figure representing victory was added to the top.
The monument originally stood in front of the Reichstag but was moved to its current location by the Nazi government in 1938. During World War II, it escaped serious damage and was restored for Berlin's 750th anniversary in 1987.
If you're fit (which I'm not) you can climb a steep spiral staircase to a viewing platform at the top from where the views of Berlin are apparently excellent.
It's open every day and the entrance fee is 2.20 euros.
Although the wars this column commemorates pale in comparison to those which came later, they were extremely important in their time. The cannon lining the outside were captured in the three wars that built Prussia into a great power and led to the unification of Germany; The Austro-Prussian War, The Prussian-Danish War, and the Franco-Prussian War. For a few cents you can enter the building and look at a mosaic, then climb up and see out over the city for the typical panorama view. The true interest in this monument however, is that it deals with some of the more obscure aspects of Prussian History. (Obscure at least to everyone but the Danes.)
Siegessaeule, the Victory Column, is reminiscent of what was borius Prussian era, of the battles fought in the campaigns against France, Austria and Denmark. This 69 metre high monument, designed by J. H. Strack, stands in the Tiergarten Park, in the vicinity of the Reishstag and Brandenburg Gate. The 37 tonnes in weight gilden figure of Victoria (the Goddess of Victory) on the top of the column is work by F. Drake. Most of the Berliners, however, call it Golden Elsie.
The "Siegessäule", situated amidst Tiergarten in a direct line to Brandenburger Tor, is one of Berlin's biggest eye-catchers. It was build 1864 and inaugurated 1873 and commemorates to three victories in Prussian wars of the 19th century: the Second War of Schleswig (1864), the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870/71).
At a socket of granite the godess of victory, Victoria, is enthroned at a height of about 50 m. Victoria itself is a 20 m large statue. The whole column reaches a height of 69 m.
It is worth to climb the 275 steps up for three reasons: Most obviously you'll be compensated with a scenic overview over Berlin's boulevards "Straße des 17. Juni" and "Unter den Linden" and the green heart of the city, the Tiergarten. Secondly there are worth seeing tesselations with depictions of the three mentioned wars, which finally lead to the constitution of Germany as a nationstate. Thirdly there is a small exhibition inside, where you get a short introduction in Prussian (and German) history.
Siegessaeule - a column of a victory. It is constructed in 1865-1873 in honour of military victories of Prussia which came to the end association of Germany. The height of a column - 69 m. It is decorated by trunks of the guns grasped from enemies. There is a figure of the goddess of Victoria in height of 8 m at the top of the column. They call it Golden Elsa. This figure cast of bronze and gilt stands on a platform which conduct 285 steps. The fine view at Tiergarten and central areas of Berlin opens from the platform.
The Sieges?ule, designed by Heinrich Strack, is a victory column that commemorates Germany's victories over Denmark, Austria and France, and was built in 1873. It was moved to its current location in 1938 from in front of the Reichstag, and now is in a perfect position to view if you are walking through the Tiergarten.
On top of the column you can see a glorious statue of Victoria, the Roman goddess of Victory, which again reiterates purpose. You can climb the stairs (all 200+ of them) to a viewing platform, which gives you a fantastic view of the surrounding Tiergarten and even the Reichstag and Brandenburger Gate.
The victory monument is one of Berlins most famous landmarks, and is something you shouldn?t miss when visiting the city.
Even though this is a relict of germans militaristic past, it is one of Berlins most beautieful sights. I always have to think of Wim Wenders marvelous movie "wings of desire", ("Der Himmel ueber Berlin) when I see the angel on top.
It is one of my favourite movies and one of the buildings I love to visit often. It is situated within Berlin's Tiergarten, which is its biggest city park
entrance fee is Euro 2.20.
This impressive monument was erected at the request of Kaiser Wilhelm to commemorate the Prussian victories over France, Austria and Denmark. The huge gold-covered statue of the goddess of victory stands 69 metres high.
In the 1830s, the 200ha (495 acres) large Tiergarten, a Royal hunting estate, was turned into a park. Centrally located between Mitte and Charlottenburg it is a favorite picnic and barbecue place. At the center of a large roundabout in the Tiergarten, known as the Grossers Stern or great star stands the tall Siegessäule. The cocky looking triumphal column was built from 1864 to 1873 after a design by Johann Heinrich Stack to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Prusso-Danish war of 1864. The 8.3m gilded figure at the top was added after further Prussian victories in wars against Austria and France. The figure, designed by Friedrich Drake and locally known as the 'Golden Else' represents the Goddess of Victory. It weighs a massive 35 tons. The now 69 meters tall victory column originally stood at the Königsplatz (now Platz der Republik), the square in front of the Reichstag. It was moved in 1938 by the Nazi government to its current location at the Grosser Stern. The base is decorated with bas-reliefs of battles, while a mosaic frieze by Anton von Werner higher up the column depicts the founding of the German Empire in 1871. A number of other mosaics at the columned hall portrait more battle scenes. The top of the Siegessäule has an observatory, offering great views on Berlin. Looking eastward, you can see the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Gate and of course the Fernsehturm.
Originally designed in 1864 to commemorate the victory of Prussia in the Danish-Prussian war, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870/1871), giving the statue a new purpose.
You can get to the column by using the underground tunnels built in 1941through the underpasses, and you can also climb to the top if you're fit enough for the stairs. We had done enough climbing by then so didn't have the energy.
The Victory Column was erected by Kaiser Wilhelm to commemorate the Prussian victories over France, Austria and Denmark.
Heinrich Strack created the orignial design after 1864. Later victories inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria of 8.3 meters height and 35 metric tons of weight, designed by Friedrich Drake. Berliners, with their fondness for disrespectful names of famous buildings, call the statue Goldelse, meaning something like "golden Lizzy".
Surrounded by a street circle with heavy car traffic, pedestrians can reach the column through four underground tunnels. A spiral staircase of 285 steps leads to the top of the monument and a spectacular view over the Tiergarten.
Originally the column was erected with a height of merely 50.66 meters opposite the Reichstag building. In preparation of executing the monumental plans to redesign Berlin, in 1939, the Nazis relocated the pillar to its present location at the Grosser Stern (Great Asterisk), a large intersection on the visual city axis that leads from the former Berlin City Palace through the Brandenburg Gate to the western parts of Berlin. At the same time, the pillar was augmented by another 7.5 meters, giving it its present height of 66.89 meters.
I'm a huge U2 fan so I strongly remember Bono singing "Stay (Far Away So Close)" from the top of the Siegessäule.
The Victory Column (Siegessäule) was constructed to commemorate the German victories over Denmark in 1864, Austria in 1866 and France in 1870 and 71, it was inaugurated in 1873 by the Emperor William 1. In 1938 Hitler moved it from its place in front of the Reichstag to the centre of Tiergarten where it stands today.
The Victory Column stands at 61.5m high and provides great views of Berlin from the center of Tiergarten. The statue of the victory goddess Viktoria that stands on top of the Victory Column was created by F Drake and weighs 35 tonnes
In summer its the end of the Love Parade a music festival were I have never been, maybe in future :o)
The Victory Column was erected at the request of Kaiser Wilhelm I to commemorate Prussia`s victory over France and Denmark. The huge, gold-covered statue of the goddess of victory sttod in front of the Reichtag until 1938. Those who brave the 285 steps that spiral up the column are rewarded with a wonderful view over the Tiergarten and much of Berlin.
Further Prussian victories – against Austria in 1866 and against France in 1871- caused the addition of a gilded figure representing Victory (known as the “Goldelse” to the top of the column. Its base is decorated with bas-relief commenorating battles, higher up on the column is a mosiac frieze of the German Empire in 1871. Originally it stood in front of the Reichstag but it was moved to its present situation in 1938 by the Nazi government. There is an observation platform at the top which gives a wonderful view over Berlin
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