Siegessäule information

Berlin , Germany
Street Grosser Stern
Getting there
bus 100, 200
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Lonely Planet review

Like arms of a starfish, five roads merge into the roundabout called Grosser Stern at the heart of the Tiergarten. At its centre is the landmark Victory Column, built to celebrate 19th-century Prussian military triumphs and now a symbol of Berlin’s gay community.

The gilded lady on top – irreverently called Goldelse – represents the Goddess of Victory. Film buffs might remember her from a key scene in Wim Wenders’ 1985 flick Wings of Desire . You can climb just below her skirt for views of Tiergarten park.

The column originally stood in front of the Reichstag until the Nazis moved it here in 1938 to make room for their utopian Germania urban planning project. The pedestal was added at the time, bringing the column height to 67m.