Niederwalddenkmal

Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

Niederwalddenkmal monument was constructed to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire after the end of Franco-Prussian War. The first stone was laid on September 16, 1871, by Wilhelm I. The sculptor was Johannes Schilling, and the architect was Karl Weisbach. The total cost of the work is estimated at one million gold marks. It was inaugurated on September 28, 1883. The 38 metres tall monument represents the union of all Germans.

The central figure is the 10.5 metres tall Germania figure. In the sculptured impression, Germania holds the recovered crown of the emperor in the right hand and in the left the Imperial Sword. Beneath Germania is a large relief that shows emperor Wilhelm I riding a horse with nobility, the army commanders and soldiers. The relief has the Wacht am Rhein (Watch on the Rhine) lyrics engraved. On the left side of the monument is located the peace statue. The war statue is located on the right.

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Founded: 1871
Category: Statues in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Patricia Francis (7 months ago)
You still have to queue even if you buy tickets in advance but its not a long wait. The ride on the individual cable cars is spectacular. The view at the monument is amazing and the stories behind it are fascinating. It's very peaceful up there. Gift shop and snacks available. The greatest Elvis filmed in number 76. We also came down in number 76.
Katelyn B (7 months ago)
Very beautiful views from the monument. The monument itself is very impressive and lovely to look at. I appreciated the informative signs in front, describing the history of the monument.
Kim K (8 months ago)
We loved the hike to the monument. Only 87 meters above sea level and just over 200 stairs, it was a perfect balance of exercise and enjoyment. A must see if you are visiting.
TSK (9 months ago)
This place is worth the time and effort to visit. You can actually walk up to this place from the town of Rudesheim. The cable car is the way to go up. If you have the time, you can walk Babcock down through the vineyards with the constant beautiful scenery of the Rhine River as you walk down. The history of this place is explained in several languages when you get up to the monument.
arpita bhati (10 months ago)
awesome-beautiful-amazing views and wonderful place to be with family or friends. One can take cable cars or walk or cycle up to reach the famous monument. Lots of benches to sit and enjoy the view. Very popular tourist attractions. ?
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