The Berlin Victory Column is one of the most representative places in the German capital. Located in the center of the city and known as Siegessäule in German, it is a 69-meter-high column that rises above a roundabout in Tiergarten park. Do you want to know more about this important monument? Follow us!
History of the Berlin Victory Column
The Berlin Victory Column was built in 1874. The aim was to commemorate the victory of Prussia and Austria against Denmark in the War of the Duchies. The conflict took place in 1864 and ended with the Treaty of Vienna.
At the end of construction, the monument ended up celebrating more than one victory. To the previous one were added the victory in the Seven Weeks War against Austria in 1866 and the Franco-Prussian war against the Empire of Napoleon III.
To celebrate these three victories, three segments were erected ending in a bronze sculpture, although the fourth was added later. This sculpture was made by Fiedrich Drake and is 8.3 meters high. It represents Victoria, a Roman goddess, with a laurel wreath, an eagle and the symbol of the Iron Cross.
Evolution of the Victory Column
The column was initially located in front of the Parliament, in the middle of the Republic square, the Königsplatz. However, during Nazi Germany the remodeling of the city of Berlin took place. With this, the statue had to be moved to its current location, the rotunda in Tiergarten park. There the five most important avenues of the city converge.
In addition, the Victory Column has been able to withstand numerous military conflicts. The most important was the Battle of Berlin, which took place during World War II. France tried to demolish the monument, but the Americans prevented it, although they did remove some reliefs from the column.
Tourist interest of the monument
The Berlin Victory Column is popularly known as the “Golden Donkey” or the Goldenelse (Golden Elizabeth ). After a total of 285 steps, you come to a viewpoint where wonderful views of Berlin await you.
Currently, the column is surrounded by four blocks of sandstone. Each of them represents a victory against an enemy side. At the base are cannons requisitioned from Napoleon’s army. And also, along the column there are some engravings of William I of Prussia and Otto von Bismarck.
Visiting hours and rates
The Berlin Victory Column is one of the essential visits for every tourist traveling to the city. Visiting hours are seasonal. From November to March, the hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. From April to October, it opens from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The price of the visit is 3 euros. The visit includes climbing the spiral staircase to the top and seeing the engravings and mosaics inside. Once at the top, if you look east, you can see the Brandenburg Gate, the Television Tower and the Reichstag.
We tell you how to get there
As we pointed out, the Berlin Victory Column is located in the Tiergarten. It is the border between Mitte and Charlottenburg, two of the city’s downtown districts. Therefore, arriving does not have any complications.
In the same roundabout there is a bus stop and in the surrounding gardens there are train stations. To go by bus, you can take the 100, 106, 187 and N26 and get off at Grosser Stern. You can also take the metro, line 9, with a stop at Hansaplatz. And you can go by train, taking lines 7, 5 or 75, getting off by S-Bahn.
Finally, if you are in the center of Berlin, you can walk through the pedestrian tunnels until you reach the same roundabout. The road is pleasant and you will get to know the most important streets of the German capital.
The history of the Berlin Victory Column always arouses the interest of tourists who come there to see it. Feel free to include it on your list of things to see in the German capital. Dream views and hundreds of years of history are waiting for you.