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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Asif Malik (5 months ago)
That thing is huge! You can go up to the middle with an elevator, then you have to climb some stairs. It’s a bit narrow, so Americans be aware ?great views 360 over the city.
Chozhan DM (6 months ago)
One of the best attractions of Leipzig. Soaked with immense History, the statues inside depict the pain of war. The architecture is mind blowing. The panoramic view of Leipzig from atop is also wonderful. It’s undoubtedly a must see for tourists (and everyone alike)
Yevhen Zabila (9 months ago)
No.1 on my to do list if visiting Leipzig for a first time. It takes about 2 h to visit museum and all around. It's worth to visit terrace on the top. But it takes more than 300 narrow steps up. It's easy but could be problematic for people with claustrophobia or health problem. Anyway the main hall is easily reachable and there is an elevator there. It should work but I even not trying that. At the last upper flor you have to wait for a while, about up to 15min approx. for a traffic lights.
Mirka Mendez (12 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. (12 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
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