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“A monumental Clue to the Significance of both the 2nd & 3rd Reichs”

Victory Column (Siegessaule)
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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.
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is another must see for those who wish to get under the skin of this beautiful city. Originally this column stood in front of the Reichstag and commemorated the German victories that secured the 2nd Reich in 1871. This is why the French removed all its bronzed reliefs at the end of WW2, in a futile attempt to rewrite history! Fortunately they have now been restored, also revealing the significant damage caused by this action. These reliefs are quite remarkable and are well worth your scrutiny. Their story is told in two of the underpasses that you should use to reach the column. The column was then moved and raised to its current height as part of Hitler's refurbishment of his capital to symbolise the greatness of the 3rd Reich and its 1000 year reign which lasted for less than a decade. Intended to celebrate the victories of the Nazi party, the pock marked stone and bullet & shrapnel scarred bronzes tells of the fierce fighting that took place around this memorial. Albert Speer's great design as a centre piece for National Socialism now reminds us that pride comes before a fall. Take the time to visit the mosaics on the first level, and if fit and determined enough to climb the 585 steps to achieve a great view from the top. It is only 3 euros to access this interesting monument.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Berlin's victory column was designed to commemorate the victory of the Prussian army.
Height of 66.89 meters.
Who is watching the German film director Wim Wenders 1987 "Berlin sky angels" can identify the victory column as a site where angels used to gather.
285 steps to the top observation worth the effort.
Spectacular views to the center of Berlin and important sites.
3 Euro only.

Thank DanBraverman
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Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

A low key attraction and under sold.

A key landmark in the city but seems to be less busy than the rest which was a blessing in disguise.

For only 3 EUR an exhibition walks you through the history of the monument and other similar all over Berlin. Then there I a short flight of stairs to the first viewing platform with great views, at about tree height.

Then for those who are more adventurous there is the top to climb to up a tall spiral staircase. Not bad even for someone with vertigo. The top presents stunning views across Berlin from every angle. The top is a little narrow but you are well fenced in so quite OK for those with issues with height.

Good opportunity for a cheap panoramic city view.

Thank Harisap
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Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

The Victory Tower is an old monument with a beautiful statue of the winged victory goddess Nike on top. However it isn't quite what it seems as the Nazis dismantled it and added an extra section to the column to make it taller as Hitler, apparently, though a German victory monument should be bigger! It's on a traffic island that is slightly hard to get to (use the underground walkways) and has some unsightly graffiti (everywhere in Berlin), but has some incredible sculptures and mosaics. The view from the top is pretty good, though not as good as the view from the TV tower at Alexanderplatz

Thank Neil R
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The Victory column really is a beautiful monument. It's location is a little... difficult - in the middle of what is effectively a huge roundabout, but it's none the less something to see in the flesh.

Take a wander through the Tiergarten while you're in the area and don't forget the lakes and the Soviet memorial.

Thank khdroberts
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