Strasse des 17. Juni (17th June Street)

6 09 2007

The 17th June Street is the western continuation of Unter den Linden, which runs east-west through Tiergarten. At its eastern end is the Brandenburg Gate, and at the western end is Ernst Reuter Platz in Charlottenburg.

17 Juni Strasse.


In the middle of the street is the Berlin Victory Column (Siegessäule), and between the Brandenburg Gate and the Siegessäule is the Red Army Monument.

Red Army Monument.

The street was named “17th June Street” in 1953, to commemorate the uprising of the East Berliners on 17 June, 1953. Today it is a popular recreational area, which serves as the starting point of the Berlin Marathon, and also the Gay Pride events and Love Parade pass through it.

The Siegessäule, with the golden statue of Victory, was constructed on the Königsplatz (now the Platz der Republik, in front of the Reichstag) as the national monument to Germany’s “Wars of Unification”. It was built according to plans by Johann Heinrich Strack from 1864-1873, to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Prusso-Danish war of 1864.

Victory Column.

After further victories against Austria and France, it was supplemented with the 8.3 meters high golden Victoria, by Friedrich Drake. It was moved to its current location in 1938-9, as part of the redesigning of the “Capital of the German Reich” (Hitler had great, actually, monstrous, plans for the city. It’s very fortunate he didn’t get his wish). A viewing platform on the column offers a panoramic view of the city.

Golden Victoria.

Opening Hours of the Siegessäule:
April-October: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:30-18:30. Sat, Sun: 9:30-19:00.
November-March: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10:00-17:00. Sat, Sun: 10:00-17:30.

Entrance:
2.20 euros for Adults, 1.50 euros for Children, Pupils (with ID), Students (with ID), In military duty, In civilian duty, Handicapped.

Another very impressive statue is the statue of “Der Rufer” (the Crier), which is located on the street, not very far from Branderburg Gate. On the base of the statue there’s a quotation from the Italian poet Francesco Petrarch, which says: “I wander through the world and cry “Peace, Peace, Peace””. The statue is 3 meters tall, and was created by the sculptor and graphic artist Gerhard Marcks in 1966. Other castings of it have been erected in various places around the world.

Der Rufer.

There’s a very nice flea market on Strasse des 17 Juni, a walking distance from the S-Bahn Tiergarten Station, and also near U-Bahn Ernst-Reuter-Platz. It’s open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 and 17:00, and is supposed to be the largest flea market in the city (people say it’s also the most expansive market). We found there a tripod for the camera for a very decent price, and I also had my very first taste of a Currywurst there (which was very good).

You can find more information about markets in Berlin here.


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