Victory Column


Want to feel like one of the angels in Wim Wenders' classic film Der Himmel über Berlin (a.k.a. Wings of Desire)? Climb to the top of Gold-Else, as the statue of Victory on the top of the Victory Column is known. Just don't jump off if you're not actually an angel. Else was moved to her present location by the Nazis, but was originally built to commemorate Prussian military prowess in the wars against Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870-71). Five roads run into a traffic circle called Grosser Stern, in the center of which is the Siegessäule. Else is visible from much of the city district known as Tiergarten. At the base of the statue are reliefs of war scenes representing the conflicts which this monument memorializes. The Allies forced Germany to take those panels down in 1945, but they were remounted in 1984 and 1987. Currently closed for renovations.

Victory Column and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile

Kammermusiksaal(1.4 km)

Berlin Sculpture

Berlin Sculpture(1.5 km)
The Berlin Sculpture on Tauentzienstraße depicts a broken chain of 2 interlocking links, symbolizing the formerly severed ties between East and West Berlin which still were culturally close.

Kollhoff Tower

Kollhoff Tower(1.8 km)
The 101 metre tall Kollhoff Tower on 1 Potsdamer Platz has an open observation deck on the roof that offers breathtaking views of Berlin.


Panoramapunkt(1.8 km)


Reichstag(1.7 km)
The historical Reichstag building on the Platz der Republik was constructed in 1884-'94 to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire.


Winterfeldplatz(2.1 km)


Kulturforum(1.3 km)
The Kulturforum is an ensemble of cultural institutions built in the 1950s - '60s as West Berlin's counterpart to East Berlin's Museum Island.

Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof(2.1 km)
Museum for Contemporary Art located in former Hamburger Bahnhof train station.

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