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“Impressive war monument”

Volkerschlachtdenkmal
Ranked #4 of 145 things to do in Leipzig
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Largest war memorial in Europe
The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Impressive war monument”
Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Must see when you are in Leipzig! Very impressive monument. Don't forget the museum at the right side of the building, that is included in the entrance fee. Be aware that you need cash money for your tickets: cards are not accepted. Strange (and discriminatory) policy that as a couple you pay twice the entrance fee (2x€6), but as a family (with a maximum of five (!) kids accompanying you) you can buy a family ticket for €11.

Visited October 2013
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“Hand me the whip, Indy....”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

This is probably one of the most impressive monuments I've seen outside Egypt. Only completed in 1913, it commemorates the victory of the German nations over Napoleon in 1813, preceding his final defeat by the English at Waterloo.

Easily accessible by tram or bus, the huge tower is set in some lovely parkland, with a huge man-made lake providing the perfect approach to the monolith. The outside is a perfect example of monolithic carving, with huge face, figures and eagles gracing the entrance. Everything about this is massive.

Inside you feel like you're on the set of the latest Indiana Jones film: more immense statues and a high vaulted ceiling that totally overwhelms the senses.

Take the lift and you can get to the upper levels. Even bigger statues and a walkway round the exterior of the tower with some superb views over the surrounding countryside.

A wonderful, awe-inspiring visit.

It's also worth doing some information searching before you go. There are many changes and alterations that were made under the Nazis that aren't mentioned in any of the information given at the place. All obvious regalia (e.g. swastikas) have been removed, but there are plenty of things there, if you know where to look.

Visited October 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Worth a tram ride from the city”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

It is an easy ride by tram number 15 from Leipzig to this monument commemorating the Battle of Leipzig, which took place in October 1813. The monument is a huge stone edifice which is impressive in its size, if not necessarily pleasant architecture. We did not go inside the monument, but even walking around the exterior of the monument and ascending the steps to the entrance gave impressive views back towards Leipzig City. The monument is set in a pleasant wooded area, with beautiful reflections in the large adjacent pool.

If you have an hour to spare, it is worth visiting the monument while you are in Leipzig.

Visited October 2013
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South Florida, Florida
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“Leipzig. Voelkerschlachtsdenkmal. 200th anniversary”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

You would need to understand German history from the Napoleonic wars to the actual date of the battle to the erection of the monument in early 1900 to today's place in history and put this monument into the proper context.
The monument is impressive (in bad weather and in good weather). Understanding this monument requires some historic knowledge, especially for the 200th anniversary.
Accessability is very easy, once you know how to navigate the trains, trams and busses in the Leipzig area, and then travel becomes very easy. 24 hour tickets are available, covering all kind of transport systems in the area. You just need to know where you want to go (i.e. do your homework).
Views from the middle platform (which I visited) are impressive. The Upper Platform is supposed to have even better views. The interior with its massive and impressive stone mason figures leave an impression.

Visited October 2013
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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“Ugly”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Never seen an ugly statue before, but still it remembers us what happened many years ago. So if you have the time go with the grand tour of Leipzig and visit this ugly statue

Visited October 2013
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