Victory Column

obama speech in berlin at victory column

The Victory Column (Siegessäule) is a major tourist attraction in the city of Berlin and opens daily: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (April – October), and 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (November – March).

Surrounded by a street circle, the column is accessible to pedestrians through four tunnels, built in 1941 to plans by Albert Speer, who likewise increased the width of the road between it and the Brandenburg Gate. The Victory Column served as the location for Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin as a US presidential candidate during his visit to Germany on July 24, 2008.

Reichstag House with Triumphal Column on the Königsplatz (now Platz der Republik), Berlin, Germany

Reichstag House with Triumphal Column on the Königsplatz (now Platz der Republik) in Berlin, Germany

The Victory Column originally stood in Königsplatz (now Platz der Republik), at the end of the Siegesallee (Victory Avenue). As part of the preparation of the monumental plans to redesign Berlin into Welthauptstadt Germania, in 1939, the Nazis relocated the column to its present site at the Großer Stern (Great Star).