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The Siegessäule (‘victory column’) plays a prominent role in Wim Wender's 'Stay'-Video video, and further scenes were filmed in the streets surrounding it.

TThe Siegessäule was originally built as a national monument to the "Einigungskriege" ('unification wars') on the Königsplatz (now the Platz der Republik right in front of the Reichstag) in 1864–73, to celebrate victory in the Prussian-Danish wars. After further defeats of Austria and France the column was crowned with the 8.3m high golden ‘Viktoria’ – lovingly called "Goldelse" ('golden old girl') by the locals. During the Nazi period the column was again extended to a total height of 67m and moved to the Grosser Stern in the very centre of the Tiergarten. You can climb up the column to a platform and enjoy a great view of Berlin! Entrance is EUR 3.00 (2017).


Großer Stern, Str. des 17. Juni


Berlinkarte Nr. 3 | Nearest U-Bahn station: Hansaplatz (U9). From the station follow Altonaer Straße to Großen Stern. The column itself can be reached through numerous bus lines to Großer Stern (lines 100, 106, 187).


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