Berlin: Part 3

First we take Manhattan… then we take Berlin.”*

I’m going to finish up Berlin with the Tiergarten (“Animal Park”), Berlin’s largest urban park. It was originally a hunting ground, hence the name.

Tiergarten

Tiergarten

The Tiergarten is a huge and gorgeous park, but oddly enough, there were very few people there. Perhaps it was the time of day, but there were just a few joggers and some apparent tourists wandering about. If I lived nearby, I’d definitely spend a lot of time there, especially along the river:

River along the Tiergarten

River along the Tiergarten

The park runs alongside the Berlin Zoo, some of which can be seen from the park pathways. Look! Fibery animals!

Llamas at  Berlin Zoo

Llamas at Berlin Zoo

Right by the Tiergarten is the impressive Victory Column. It was built in 1873, and commemorates the Prussian victories in the Danish-Prussian War, the Austro-Prussian War,  and the Franco-Prussian War.

Victory Column

Victory Column

The lower part of the column is decorated with beautiful glass mosaics:

Mosaic on the Victory Column

Mosaic on the Victory Column

There are bronze reliefs on the foundation, which were damaged during WWII. You can see the bullet holes and fractured pieces:

Bronze relief

Bronze relief on Victory Column

The reliefs were removed by the French during their occupation of Berlin in 1945 (perhaps they didn’t like being reminded of their defeat in the Franco-Prussian war?), and were taken to Paris. In the 1980’s, for Berlin’s 750th anniversary, the reliefs were ceremoniously returned.

You can (and we did) climb to the top of the column. All 285 steps.

Victory Column stairs

Victory Column stairs

It was a beautiful day, and we had a clear view of the city:

View of Berlin

View of Berlin

Not to mention a peek under Victoria’s skirt:

Statue of Victoria

Statue of Victoria

*From Leonard Cohen’s song “First we take Manhattan“. For Jennifer Warnes’ wonderful original version of it, have a listen here.

If you aren’t sick of Berlin, you can check out my Berlin set for more.

All posts for this vacation can be found with this tag: Europe2013

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3 Responses to Berlin: Part 3

  1. zeneedle says:

    The view at the top of the column is stunning and how fun to look up the skirt of the golden Victory.

  2. Marilyn says:

    What pretty greenness.
    The view of Berlin is wonderful but that is a LOT of steps. I’m winded just thinking about it. 😉

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