Siegessäule (Berlin Victory Column)

Hidden Berlin Facebook and Instagram feeds (18 March 2016)

Yeah, we know: the Siegessäule (or Berlin Victory Column) defies any interpretation of the term “hidden.” 67 metres high and towering over the Platz der Republik, it's one of Berlin’s best-known symbols. However, as you emerge from the canopy of the Tiergarten and gaze up in awe at Heinrich Strack's 1864 brainchild, you might be surprised to see it’s not just birds getting a close-up view of that shining bronze Victoria. Yep: those are people up there too. And €3 is all it’ll cost to join them. Well, €3 and a whole lot of panting, sweating and vows to cut back on the Weißbier. Once you’ve paid the admission, enjoy a wander round a small museum on the monument’s history, plus an exhibition on landmarks from across the globe. Then the hard work begins: 285 dizzying stone steps winding up through the column to a viewing platform where panoramic views of Berlin await. Don’t worry: with resting points and benches at regular intervals, you can cleverly disguise those getting-your-breath-back breaks with claims you just want to prolong the experience. It worked for us. #Siegessäule #VictoryColumn #BerlinVictoryColumn #Berlin #BerlinMonument #HiddenBerlin #BerlinHistory #Panorama #SpiralStaircase #SpiralStairs #StoneSteps #Victoria #Statue #HeinrichStrack #Architecture #BerlinArchitecture #GroßerStern #Tiergarten #PlatzderRepublik

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Yeah, we know: the Siegessäule (or Berlin Victory Column) defies any interpretation of the term “hidden.” 67 metres high and towering over the Platz der Republik, it’s one of Berlin’s best-known symbols. However, as you emerge from the canopy of the Tiergarten and gaze up in awe at Heinrich Strack’s 1864 brainchild, you might be surprised to see it’s not just birds getting a close-up view of that shining bronze Victoria. Yep: those are people up there too. And €3 is all it’ll cost to join them. Well, €3 and a whole lot of panting, sweating and vows to cut back on the Weißbier. Once you’ve paid the admission, enjoy a wander round a small museum on the monument’s history, plus an exhibition on landmarks from across the globe. Then the hard work begins: 285 dizzying stone steps winding up through the column to a viewing platform where panoramic views of Berlin await. Don’t worry: with resting points and benches at regular intervals, you can cleverly disguise those getting-your-breath-back breaks with claims you just want to prolong the experience. It worked for us.

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