Peeking through the trees of Tiergarten in Berlin is the unmistakable golden statue of Victoria, the Goddess of Victory, a splash of colour against the grey skies of Berlin. The victory column is considered a top tourist attraction and it is possible to climb to the top for beautiful views of the city. Personally, I prefer the views here over the Fernsehturm as the roads that meet the Victory Column make for aesthetically pleasing views.
The Berlin Victory Column (Siegessäule) stands at 67 m and was opened in 1873 originally in front of the Berlin Reichstag Building. It was designed by Heinrich Strack who also built Babelsberg Palace and the gatehouses of the Brandenburg Gate. The column was built to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War.
In 1938 the Nazis moved the column from in front of the Reichstag building to where it stands today. If it was not for this move the column would quite likely have been destroyed during the war.
Climbing to the top is not for the faint-hearted, 285 steps may not sound like a lot but put those into a spiral staircase and you will soon be huffing and puffing. What makes it harder is trying to maneuver around all of the other tourists especially those doing a pit stop. The view from the top is worth the climb though and you can see the Goddess of Victory up close and personal – the observation deck is just below her. My personal favourite time to climb is at sunset, I think the pictures explain why.
➸ The Berlin Victory Column sits in the middle of a large roundabout
➸ The golden statue of an angel on the column was in the music video for U2‘s “Stay”
➸ Barack Obama chose the Siegessäule instead of the Brandenburg Gate for his speech to 200,000 Berliners in 2008
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