Siegessaeule - Victory Column, Berlin
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.
.... 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! )
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).
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
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.
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 Victory Column is 69 meters high and was erected 1873 in memory of victories against Danmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870/1871) on the Königsplatz (Kings Square), where some years later also the Reichstag was built. The Nazis moved the column 1938 into the Tiergarten which was part of the plan to create a new Berlin, "Germania". There you still find it today, and I think it would not suit bad to its original place....
On the column you find canons of the three defeated countries and a mosaic that symbolizes the union of the German Empire in 1870/1871.
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 Victory Column was designed in 1864 By JH Strack for the square facing the Reichstag.
Under Hitlers rule it was removed onto the roundabout of the Grosser Stern.
It's worth visiting, but it urgently needs to be cleaned.
Opened on Monday from 13.00 till 18 hours and Tuesday till Sonday from 9.00 till 18.00 hours.
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.
67 m high, it was designed by Johann Heinrich Strack and raised in 1873 in front of the Reichstag (Parliament) to commemorate German victories in the wars against Denmark, France and Austria. In 1939 it was dissembled and moved to where it is now (Straße des 17 Juni) by Albert Speer; in the same year the diameter of the surrounding square (Grosser Stern) was enlarged from 80 to 200 m. The external part of the Column is decorated with reliefs which commemorate the three wars, while in the interior 285 steps lead to a platform, where you can have a panoramic view of the Tiergarten (one of Berlin’s park).
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.
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 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.
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.