Monument to the Battle of the Nations

Leipzig, Germany

The Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) is dedicated to the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations. Paid for mostly by donations and the city of Leipzig, it was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle at a cost of six million goldmarks.

The monument commemorates Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig, a crucial step towards the end of hostilities in the War of the Sixth Coalition. The coalition armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden were led by Tsar Alexander I of Russia and Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg. There were German speakers fighting on both sides, as Napoleon's troops also included conscripted Germans from the left bank of the Rhine annexed by France, as well as troops from his German allies of the Confederation of the Rhine.

The structure is 91 metres tall. It contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top, from which there are views across the city and environs. The structure makes extensive use of concrete, and the facings are of granite. It is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Wilhelmine architecture. The monument is said to stand on the spot of some of the bloodiest fighting, from where Napoleon ordered the retreat of his army.



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Founded: 1913
Category: Statues in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Mirka Mendez (4 months ago)
Must see. Monument to the battle of nations is an impressive piece of architecture. The size of the monument and design impose a sense of strength and power. You can go up the stairs all the way up for a beautiful view as well. Elevators available to the middle level. Reccomend visiting. Worth the price to go inside.
Euge A. (4 months ago)
I liked it very much. It's a huge monumental construction, very impressive. Entrance costs 10€, but you actually can have a look inside for free, if you go on foot to the top of the stairs and enter the monument from there. I think this gives you quite a good impression of how it looks, you can see all the huge statues and the dome. Definitely is worth a visit
DAR F (5 months ago)
You can't understand the size of this monument by Google photos, it's just unbelievable! Amazing place, so clean, super powerful. Super recommended! Entry price: 10euros. You really need to see the 360 outside terrace! Windy and beautiful. **The stairs are super narrow, which gave me small anxiety, take your time, bring water.
Aftab Alam (5 months ago)
I really like this place. Been twice and not crowded. I love walking from the back of the place to the front lake as it opens the place up as you walk around. The monument is very impressive. Especially considering it is built in the 19th century. Very grand and epic to stand there. The lovely lake and had kids paddling in it on one end. There is a door at the base of the monument and you really appreciate the sense of scale when people are standing at the base. I will be going back regularly and its completely free unless you wish to go inside.
Enmanuel Rumbos (9 months ago)
Not as I is or popular as the other attractions, this is worth a visit. It's old, impressive and it elicits more questions than answers. If you are in town, it's a must see
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