Victory Column (Siegessaule), Berlin

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You can't help but notice the gigantic statue of the Roman goddess Victoria crowning the top of Victory Column (Siegessaule). It weighs 31 metric tons (34 tons) and is 67 m (220 ft) tall. Designed in 1864 to commemorate Prussia's military triumphs, the statue was not finished until 1873. Intended to honor victory in the German-Danish war, its completion ended up coming closer to Prussia's defeat of France. You're allowed to climb to the top of the tower, but the statue the locals call Golden Lizzy will still be above you. The ascent is strenuous and not recommended for those with mobility issues. Add Victory Column (Siegessaule) to your Berlin travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Berlin trip planning app .
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  • Victory column located on axis with the Brandenburg Gate. Represents the victory of Prussia on Denmark. It is possible to climb to the foot of the statue.
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  • In the Centre of the Tiergarten stands out from afar. Ideal visit to a cloudy day to walk in the Park and to take breaths. Only if you have naturally complement the other attractions ...
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  • This is another Berlin icon which you cannot miss! Very impressive structure commemorating bygone victories!  more »
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  • The Siegessaule (or Victory Column) is a symbol of the city. It is now in the center of a round about. The base has a museum presenting the history of the column and of other German monuments. You can climb to the top and have amazing views of the city. There is no lift so be ready to climb quite a few stairs (probably more than 250 steps). The views are worthwhile and the cost for the museum and climb is low. The bottom of the column is decorated all around with golden mosaic scenes from the founding of the Germain empire.
  • Nice walk from the Brandenburg Gate. You can see it get bigger as you approach. Best way to reach the centre is via the short tunnel. There is a plaque depicting a story regarding some friezes in the tunnel which is worth a reqd. (No spoilers here). You can climb the stairs and view Berlin from the top. Good to see in the sunshine. Well worth the walk and not far from the zoo.
  • One of the best places visited during the weekend trip in Berlin. Really good value-for-money ratio and I was really surprised to find a exhibition about European monuments in the first floor and the history of Siegessäule. Climbing to the first platform is pretty easy and OK, but the highest stop requires a bit of an effort. The staircase is pretty steep and narrow. Entrance fee is 3 € for adults and 1,5€ for reduced fare. Price is really great and I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.
  • Nice sight to be up next to. It is something that can be seen from across the tiergarten so if you can pay it a visit. Straight shot to and from the Brandenburg Gate. Be aware it does cost to get to the viewing deck.
  • Great day and brilliant value for money 3 Euro for the museum and entry are brilliant. Not for people who don’t like heights and with vertigo etc. 300+ stairs on spiral stair case. Brilliant experience

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