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Großer Tiergarten - Points of interest - Areas worth seeing in the park

Großer Stern and Siegessäule


The "Siegessäule" monument on "Großer Stern" square, 2014; photo: Thomas LeBas / minigram
The "Siegessäule" monument on "Großer Stern" square, 2014
photo: Thomas LeBas / minigram

Großer Stern, located at the intersection of several avenues with Charlottenburger Chaussee, now known as Straße des 17. Juni, has been a favourite meeting place for Berliners since the 18th century. It is also known as "Die Puppen" (the puppets) because of about 12 or 16 sandstone figures of gods and goddesses erected here.

In the course of the redevelopment of "Platz der Republik" in front of the Reichstag building, in 1938 the Siegessäule (Victory Column) was relocated to Großer Stern, which had its diameter enlarged from 100 to 200 m while the Siegessäule was extended in height by one column. The Siegessäule is crowned by an 8-metre high golden statue representing Victoria, designed by Friedrich Drake.

The Bismarck Monument, the marble monument of Field Marshal General von Moltke and the sculpture of Minister of War von Roon were also brought from Platz der Republik to Großer Stern in 1938, at the same time as the Siegessäule. Together with the Siegessäule, the figures and other architectural structures of that time were to form the "Forum of the Second Reich".

In connection with Nazi architect Albert Speer´s plans for a major North-South and East-West axis for the capital of the Reich, not only were the monuments of Siegesallee to be relocated to Große Sternallee, but the avenues of Charlottenburger Chaussee, now known as Straße des 17. Juni, were also to be lowered and doubled in width. The oversized route split the Tiergarten into two parts and was used not only as a parade route during the era of the Nazi regime, but also by the Allies after the war.

Moltke statue by Joseph Uphues, 2014; photo: Philipp Eder
Moltke statue by Joseph Uphues