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“nice sculpture” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Victory Column (Siegessaule)

Victory Column (Siegessaule)
Am Grossen Stern, Berlin, Germany (Charlottenburg)
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Ranked #63 of 999 things to do in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The victory column was built in 1873 to celebrate Prussia's victory in the Franco-German War. It was moved to its present location in the Tiergarten in 1938. You can go to the top via 270 steps to see great views of Berlin.
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“nice sculpture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

only walked to it in evening time from the Brandenburg Tor. beautiful sculpture. take a few photos and walk on

Visited June 2012
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“Up up in the air”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Before visiting ask yourself can you take stairs. If yes then what you will see at the end is worth it. From the height of 60m you can see nice places of berlin. At the top there is small place to stand surrounding the tower which means you can take 360 degree view of the city from the top. You can see all the greenery at one side and historic locations like parliment at other side.

It is worth it.

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Visited December 2012
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“Well worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I have to admit to liking to get to the top of towers and thus had to do this one. 280 steps are a very good work out and to not attempt unless you are reasonable fit and not too wide as the stirs well gets very narrow towards the top and we saw a couple of people who could not get all of the way. We enjoyed it but access control is mediocre and thus there was quite a scrum when we went. Much be chaos in summer.

Well worth a visit though

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“Worth a detour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Being at the centre of Berlin and on the 17 June Strasse it was worth walking by. They say the mosaic is very beautiful. We walked in the dark so we could only ahve a distant glimpse of it

Visited November 2012
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“Great value historical attraction in Berlin!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The first thing to note about the Siegessaule (Victory Column to those of us who don't speak German) is that it has a fascinating history. It was designed to commemorate the great Prussian military victories up to the mid-1860s. By the time it opened France had been humiliatingly defeated in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. Naturally, following the German surrender in 1945 at the end of World War Two the French interpreted the column as a reminder of the aggression to which they had fallen victim on more than one occasion and apparently wanted the Siegessaule to be dismantled. Thankfully it remained intact and to this day tourists who visit the German capital are able to enjoy a monument which has its aesthetic qualities as well as historical importance.

The structure was originally situated outside the Reichstag but was moved on the orders of Adolf Hitler as part of his 'Welthauptstadt Germania' (World Capital Germania) plan. The latter would have involved a redesign of the city after the war was won. Of course, the outcome of the global conflict prevented the scheduled redevelopment from happening. The Siegessaule now sits near the lush Tiergarten, which is the city's lung. It is surrounded by a busy street but there is no need for visitors to negotiate a dangerous road crossing. Safe access to the monument is facilitated by a network of underground tunnels which were designed by Nazi architect Albert Speer.

It's difficult to find fault with this attraction. The admission price represents excellent value for money. Before ascending it visitors walk through a small but interesting museum which profiles some of the great monuments in Germany and beyond (for example New York City's famous Statue of Liberty is featured). The climb to the top is not suitable for disabled people as the only way to the summit is via a long, narrow staircase. Suffice to say it's good exercise. Guests can take a breather by exploring the podium which features Anton von Werner's impressive mosaic. One thing that amused me was the sign warning people that graffiti artists who deface the structure will be punished (it's pretty funny despite the serious message).

Those who make it to the viewing platform are rewarded with superb views of the surrounding area, including the myriad of trees that make up the Tiergarten. From a distance, one can see the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate). The very tall Fernsehturm Berlin (T.V. Tower) inevitably stands out from the rest of the skyline. Whilst the views from the latter are arguably the best that the city has to offer, the Siegessaule offers a different perspective and comes highly recommended by me.

After exploring the structure it is well worth checking out the statues on the opposite side of the road. One of them is an extremely impressive and remarkably imposing figure of Otto von Bismarck, who was the 1st Chancellor of the German Empire.

Anyone who appreciates this great city should definitely check out the Siegessaule. It's fantastic value for money.

Visited June 2012
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