We lucked out and had good weather. They were setting up the Christmas festival and no one thought the monument was open. 278 steps to the top and what a view!
The design allows you to see all the stone carving in detail which was interesting in comparison to other monuments.
We were the only two on the monument and I can understand other reviewers comments. If there had been anyone else there, the cramped landings and narrow stairs would have made it challenging.