Initial designs for this famous monument began in 1864 to celebrate the DanishPrussian War. It wasn’t until two more wars and six years later, however, that the completed Victory Column became the first national monument of the German Empire. Poised atop the 67 meter column, Victoria the Goddess of Victory affectionately referred to by locals as ‘Golden Lizzie’ has watched over Berlin’s turmoils and triumphs for over 130 years.
Since its final relocation in 193839, the Victory Column has stood tall on the Groβer Stern (great star) roundabout in the midst of the Groβer Tiergarten park. If you are wanting a closeup look, but not to cross the encircling sixlane traffic, venture underground via the broad lit tunnels – reminiscent of a movietheatre entrance – that lead to its base.
For the best view of the city, a bit of a cardio workout, and a cost of €3, visitors can weave through informational displays and up the 285 steps to the top. Those with extreme fears of heights or closed spaces may not enjoy the narrow, concrete spiral staircase and the still narrower lookout on top. Those that make the effort will be rewarded with a stunning, picture-worthy, 360° perspective.
Location: Straβe des 17. Juni/Groβer Stern, 10557 Mitte
Nearest Public Transportation Stop: Groβer Stern: 100, 106, 187, N26
Open Hours: April-October: Monday-Friday | 9:30-18:30, Saturday-Sunday | 9:30-19.00
November-March: Monday-Friday | 10:00-17:00, Saturday-Sunday | 10:00-17:30