Hermannsdenkmal

Detmold, Germany

The Hermannsdenkmal ('Hermann Monument') stands on the densely forested Grotenburg, a hill in the Teutoburg Forest range. The monument commemorates the Cherusci war chief Arminius (in German Hermann) and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in which the Germanic warriors under Arminius defeated three Roman legions under Varus in 9 AD. At the time it was built, the location of the statue was believed to have been very near the actual site of the battle, though it is now considered to be more likely that the battle actually took place near Kalkriese, a considerable distance to north west of the monument.

Earthworks of the monument began in July 1838, and the foundation stone was laid in October 1838. Problems emerged due the criticism for design and the financial viability of the project came to be questioned. It was inaugurated not before 1875, in the presence of Emperor William I and the crown prince, Frederick. 

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Grotenburg 4, Detmold, Germany
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Founded: 1838-1875
Category: Statues in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)

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Iulian Iftinca (3 months ago)
Nice easy to access monument. There is an adventure tree climbing park nearby. The parking is 4 euros otherwise great place.
Satvinder Saini (3 months ago)
If you’re in Detmold, this place is worth a visit. You may visit the monument any time with car parking charges of EUR 4. However, visiting times do apply to visit the top of the monument with views of the surrounding vistas!
Peter Stadlera (4 months ago)
Great monument. You can even go up there for a small fee. Nice attraction, good parking area, just fine and interesting.
Tater Tot (4 months ago)
DON'T WASTE MONEY GOING INSIDE! The surrounding area for hiking is five stars all the way. But the monument itself is pretty small. Nothing amazing. And they charge FOUR EUROS to go inside. There's not even anything inside, no history of the area or anything, just stairs going up to the tiny platform at the top which you can walk around in about five seconds. At most they should charge 1 euro, but even better, none! This monument was "given" to the German people but I guess not really. Haha. Waste of money going up. If you don't go up, it's a nice place, the monument is well preserved and looks cool, just DON'T WASTE MONEY GOING INSIDE!
Ernst-Joerg Oberhoessel (15 months ago)
Unique location in beautiful nature. Recommendation: Starting point for two hours hiking trail at Donoper Teiche.
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