In October 1813 the allied armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden won the decisive victory over Napoleon’s army on German soil in the Battle of the Nations (or the Battle of Leipzig) near Leipzig. More than 110,000 people lost their lives in this battle, which was the largest in the 19th century. In order to commemorate this event, the Monument to the Battle of the Nations was inaugurated as the biggest monument in Europe on the 18th of October 1913.
As a national memorial, the monument was intended to have a national educative effect and to convince the “patriotic“ elements of the German nation of the need for absolute and unconditional support of German imperialistic politics. Its message conveying the need for the submission of the individual to the superior objectives of the nation enabled all undemocratic political forces in the Germany of the 20th century to use the Monument to the Battle of Nations for propaganda purposes.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people visit this impressive Leipzig landmark to commemorate the historic events associated with it, to see a historic monument with gigantic ensembles of sculptures or to enjoy the unique view of the city from one of the observation platforms of the 91m high building. Moreover, concert events in the interior of the gigantic dome structure are an unforgettable experience for music lovers from all over the world.
Monument to the Battle of the Nations Leipzig
Straße des 18. Oktober 100, 04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 (0) 341/2 41 68 70
Fax: +49 (0) 341/2 41 68 71 37
April to October 10am – 06pm every day
November to March 10am – 04pm every day
Closed on 24th and 31st December
Audio-guide system in German, English and French and for a special children’s tour