Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig

Monument to the Battle of the Nations


Also known as the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, the huge temple to death and freedom in Europe rises 91 metres into the sky on a site near where Napoleon’s command post stood during the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. 364 steps lead to a viewing platform which gives phenomenal views of Leipzig and the surrounding area.

The impressive monument complex with the integrated Forum 1813 museum covers four hectares and gives spectacular insights into the events of the Battle of Leipzig and its aftermath.

Völkerschlachtdenkmal Choir:


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restored Monument 2013


Straße des 18 Oktober 100
04299 Leipzig 
Fon 0341/2 41 68 70
Fax 0341/2 41 68 7137
Contact: Steffen Poser

Admission charges Vlkerschlachtdenkmal
FORUM 1813

Adults: 8 €
Reduced: 6 €
Free for children and school students ages under 6
more Admission charges for our museums can you find here.


Please see our programme of events.
Further information is published in the local press.

Opening hours

April - October
Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November – March
Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Viewing plattform

As for the monument

Guided tours

Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Audio tours in German, English, Spanish and French, for children in German

How to find us

Car park in front of the monument
Tram route 15 from Leipzig central station to “Völkerschlachtdenkmal” stop

A special note

Once again we have become aware that the far right National Democratic Party (NPD) is spreading its repellent ideology in its local newspaper “Sachsen Stimme” below the image of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal.

As the Völkerschlachtdenkmal is a public building, we unfortunately cannot forbid the use of its image. What we can do, however, is to express our objection to the implied connection between one of Leipzig’s landmarks and a way of thinking that scorns both critical commemoration and the European culture of remembrance. 

In the 90 years of its existence, the Völkerschlachtdenkmal has been often misused as a historic legitimization for the ideology of various political movements such as the monarchists in the Weimar Republic, the Nazis in the Third Reich and the Stalinists in East Germany.

We regret that once again the image of Europe’s biggest monument is being misused as part of an effort to promote a perception of nation and society which for the overwhelming majority of Germans belongs firmly on the scrapheap of history.