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“Ugly, but definitely worth a visit”

Volkerschlachtdenkmal
Ranked #3 of 161 things to do in Leipzig
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Largest war memorial in Europe
Reviewed March 27, 2012

A huge monolithic memorial complete with brutalist statues, it actually reminded me of the pyramids of the Maya in Mexico. As is so often the case, the audio guide and museum displays are not particularly good, suggest you have a read of your guidebook or look online for some good summary info about the battle of Leipzig, which the monument commemorates.

1  Thank Kate C
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

Always visit this monument when we go to Leipzig. The recent restoration is almost complete and gives the stonework a new lease of life. Especially fond of the Crypt - essential viewing.

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Reviewed November 26, 2011

Europe's largest monument. I went on a cold day and the pond out front had bits of trash frozen in it. For a small fee you get access to a small museum and the interior of the monument. The museum has several interesting period pieces and few of the signs are in English and French, but most are in German. Audio guides are available for a fee. The monument is undergoing restoration which is set to be complete in 2013. It's made out of a dark natural stone and there are weeds growing out of it, but the engravings out front are very beautiful (you could see that for free). You might want to take the elevator, just when you think you've climbed more stairs than you can stand, you see a bench to sit on. The very top viewing platform is only accessible by stairs, so you may need to save your energy for that. If you are claustrophobic it might also not be a good idea to take the stairs. Towards the top it is so narrow that only one person can fit and there is a signal telling you whether or not it is safe to go up/down (passing is not possible). Too bad it was a foggy day, so I'm not sure how beautiful the view is.

1  Thank darthgrim
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

The architecture of this place is unparalleled. You have to visit this place to explore its real beauty. Leipzig trip is incomplete if you have not visited this place.

1  Thank SurjeetSachdeva
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

Done in 1913 to commemorate victory over Napoleon, this is one of the most incredible war monuments in the world! Undergoing restoration but the worst is over, and you can definitely get a great sense of it.

1  Thank JamesO3
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