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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Roger Tech (5 months ago)
Lovely place, fantastic views over the River and areas...bridges and roads clearly visible... recommend the walk paths and end Points to see. There are no toilet facilities on the walk paths and it's 25 to 40minute walking one way, so my best advice is to use toilets at the start of journey they're by the entrance to the cafeteria on the left and cost 1euro to use but are well and maintained. You can Also picnic and they are some benches also to sit on. Parking is 4euros per day and must be paid for at pay machine situated by the exit gate before driving off in the car... Enjoy!
Blanched Kafka (6 months ago)
Exquisit View Point, and not just one! Even by not exactly sunny weather was a great place to do a small walking tour. Also despite the corona situation there's a nice cafe with the warm drinks and warm food "to go" and the modern WC near the parking, you have to pay for it 1€ though...
Thomas George (11 months ago)
Loved the view. Autumn colour treat from the vineyards The parking is not cheap if you are just visiting for short time. For a day it's flat 4€ no matter how shorter is your parking time is.
Satya R (12 months ago)
Love the view of the city from here.. Cable car makes it a easy visit. Good picnic spot and after you are done, you can come down and have a beer in one of the many monumental brewery cafes
Mikdore (13 months ago)
It's a great monument, truly stunning. It's very big, which I didn't expect. But there's not much to do after you've seen it (other than appreciating the awesome view from the hill), leading me to rate it "only" a 4/5
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