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“Great value + views”

Victory Column (Siegessaule)
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Owner description: The victory column was built in 1873 to celebrate Prussia's victory in the Franco-German War. It was moved to its present location in the Tiergarten in 1938. You can go to the top via 270 steps to see great views of Berlin.
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“Great value + views”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We decided to opt for a visit to the Siegessäule rather than the TV tower (largely due to the €15 price tag of the latter!), and were not disappointed.

For only €3 each, it is well worth going up the Column. You get stunning views of not just the Tiergarten park with the roads leading out from the Siegessäule, but also of Potsdamer Platz with the Sony Centre, as well as Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and the TV tower in the background. A great way to 'take in' the sights of Berlin!

Beware though that it is a climb to get up to the viewing platform! You have to walk up hundreds of steps on a spiral staircase - though the staircase is very stable and with a banister the whole way (I've seen far worse staircases to viewing places!). I also saw kids (about 4-5 years) at the top, so it is a perfectly do-able climb even for them.

There are also a couple of stopping points on the way up, if you want to catch your breath. If you do not wish to climb all the way to the top, there is a viewing platform by the mosaics on top of the base, though the view is obviously not as good.

I've been up the Column before, prior to the restorations a few years ago, but recommend it EVEN MORE now. The walls used to be marred with graffiti and scratchings, but now the entire place was clean, and well-kept.

Slight minus is that there was no toilet facilities (especially as the Column is in the middle of the Tiergarten park with no other toilets nearby).

If the weather is nice, definitely walk through Tiergarten to/from the Siegessäule, rather than catch the bus. It's a few kilometer walk, but through a lovely park. I'd recommend combining a visit with a visit to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag on one end, and the Gedächtniskirche and Ku'damm on the other end. (All in all roughly a 2hr walk.)

Visited November 2013
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“An alternate viewing point”
Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Not a lot to see and not a lot to learn but for only 3 euro it is a nice alternate viewing platform for this side of the city. Predominantly you will take in the tier garden as the view and the Brandenburg gate

Visited November 2013
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“An imposing structure in Tiergarten”
Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

The Victory Column is an imposing structure which was originally situated in front of the Reichstag but now stands in the middle of Grosser Stern intersection in Tiergarten. The column was designed by Heinrich Strack and was erected to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War. On our visit there was not a cloud in the sky and the column stood resplendent in the sunlight. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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“One of our favourites”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Beware the steep climb and narrow staircase to the top - but sooooo worth it!
Only €3 entry & good info on the column & history which led to its construction.

Do this during the day & the Reichstag after dark for 2 different views on the city (& don't bother with the overpriced TV tower)

Visited October 2013
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“Steep hard climb but views are worthwhile”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

If you can manage the steep spiral staircase the views from the column are definitely worthwhile. Fortunately there are resting places regularly as you go. The downside is that there are people coming back down at the same time as you walk upwards. Cheaper than the TV tower and beautifully placed in the centre of Tiergarten a lovely green space in Berlin. Interesting exhibition at the foot of the column.

Visited October 2013
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