Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia Sights

Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Memorial to the Battle of the Nations)

  • Str. des 18 Oktober 100 Map It
  • Leipzig
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Fodor's Review

In the fall of 1813, Prussian, Austrian, Russian, and Swedish forces defeated Napoléon in the Battle of the Nations. This was the first in a series of defeats that served as a prelude to the French general's defeat two years later at Waterloo. An enormous, 300-foot-high monument erected on the site in 1913 commemorates the battle. Despite its massiveness, the site is well worth a visit, if only to wonder at the lengths—and heights—to which a newfound sense of German nationalism went to celebrate their military victories, and to take in the view from a windy platform (provided you can climb the 500 steps to get there). The Prussians did make one concession to Napoléon in designing the monument: a stone marks the spot where he stood during the three-day battle. An exhibition hall explains the history of the memorial, which can be reached via Streetcar 15 or 2or by the S1 or S3 commuter train. (leave the tram or the train at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal station).

Sight Information

Address:

Str. des 18 Oktober 100, Leipzig, Saxony, D–04299, Germany

Map It

Phone:

0341-878–0471

Sight Details:

  • €8
  • Nov.–Apr., daily 10–4; May–Oct., daily 10–6; tour Tues. at 5

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