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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Daniel Souza (15 months ago)
Wonderful experience, place filled with plenty of history.. if you are intending to visit, be sure to have disposition to go up and down lot of stairs.. by using stairs you can feel better the environment, instead of going by elevator.
Vyacheslav (16 months ago)
Huge and beautiful monument with exciting sculptures inside. It's possible to make here a lot of nice photos and to get a gorgeous view. The monument height is about 85 meters, so it's possible to observe the big part of the city. The sculpture definitely should be visited.
Pedro Eguiguren (16 months ago)
I've been here many times. Really nice place to bring tourists and explain a little bit of the history behind the construction of the monument. It is specially recommended to come here during "museum night" they have live artist performing inside where the acoustic is fantastic!
Alejandro Eliseo Lara (17 months ago)
It is a fantastic place! It is a huge monument commemorating a huge battle. You pay 8€ for the entrance to the building and the museum but it is totally worthy! The inside is very mystical, it feels like a Lord of the Rings scenery. Upstairs you get a nice view of Leipzig and surroundings.
hank threadgill (17 months ago)
Very impressive. You need some stamina though because there are a lot of stairs to the top. I go to the gym and would say I'm fairly fit, but it still was quite a workout to get to the top. View at the top was quite nice. The inside of the monument was very impressive also. Can't remember the admission fee for an adult but I think it was 5-8 euros or something.
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