CONTRIBUTED BY TEANNA SIDLES
The Befreiungshalle, “Hall of Liberation” is a memorial commemorating the victorious battles against Napoleon during the wars of liberation in 1813-1815. It is located in Kelheim, Bavarian, about 30 minutes outside of Regensburg. It was commissioned by King Ludwig I and was modeled off of centralized planned buildings from ancient Rome and Italian Middle Ages.
Construction began in 1842, but it was not complete until 1863, the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Nations.
Befreiungshalle is built on a picturesque hilltop above the Danbue River, we first saw it back in 2014 when we took a day trip to Weltenburg Monastery, but we didn’t have time to stop so we decided to save it for another time…2 years later we made it!
The views from the monument are absolutely breath taking!
Next to the parking area is the ticket office, it is the ONLY place where you can purchase tickets, (€3.50 for each adult) in the actual monument, no one is there. There is only a turn-style ticket reader, so make sure you pick up you tickets!
On the outside of the monument, there are 18 statues, which hold placards for the historic Germanic tribes. The number 18 also symbolizes the date of the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig (18.10.1813), when Napoleon’s troops suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Coalition.
Inside is a domed hall that is supported by 54 columns and pillars, 36 columns in the upper gallery. Around the edge of first floor are tall winged Angels in a circle representing the members of the German Confederation, alternatively holding hands and shields. On the shields are displayed the battles in the liberation of Germany and above the upper gallery are inscriptions for key generals and recaptured strongholds.
In the center of the hall is a saying, in English it reads;
“May the Germans never forget what made necessary the struggle for freedom and by what means they won”
If you’re a history lover, or even if you’re looking for a quick day trip, I would highly suggest checking this place out. You could even tie in a trip to the Monastery since it is literally next to each other!
Tips For Your Trip:
Befreiungshalle Straße 3, 93309 Kelheim
25 March-31 October: 0900 – 1800
November-March: 0900 – 1600
Ticket booth closes 45 minutes before the monument closes
Children under 18: €3.00
*Admission is Free with Bavarian Pass