You can't get past the Hermann Monument when you hike along the Hermannsweg. It is considered a landmark for the entire Hermannshöhen and the Teutoburg Forest. The monument is intended to commemorate Hermann, the Cheruscan, who won the so-called Varus Battle against the Romans in 9 AD.
For those who are looking for a little more sporting challenge, the Teuto climbing park invites you with a total of six climbing courses. And as always: the view is free!
More information about the climbing park:
August 23, 2016
To speculate on the reasons why one should pay a visit to the 'Hermann' is idle. To label him with labels such as "Liberators of the Germans" or one who "made sure" that "our people could grow up independently and without the influence of the Romans" does not help. The theme is too complex for it to be lit on a hiking app. There are at least as many reasons to head for North Rhine-Westphalia's most popular destination as there are annual visitors, around half a million.
June 17, 2017
The Hermannsdenkmal is a colossal statue near the district of Hiddesen in the area of the city of Detmold in North Rhine-Westphalia in the southern Teutoburg Forest. It was built between 1838 and 1875 according to designs by Ernst von Bandel and inaugurated on August 16, 1875.
The monument is intended to commemorate the Cheruscan prince Arminius, in particular the so-called battle in the Teutoburg Forest, in which Germanic tribes under his leadership inflicted a decisive defeat on the three Roman legions XVII, XVIII and XIX under Publius Quinctilius Varus in the year 9.
With a figure height of 26.57 meters and a total height of 53.46 meters, it is the tallest statue in Germany and was the tallest statue in the western world from 1875 until the Statue of Liberty was built in 1886.
September 22, 2020
The Hermann Monument is one of the most famous monuments in Germany. It is reminiscent of the "Battle in the Teutoburg Forest", also known as the Varus Battle, in which in 9 AD the Cheruscan prince Arminius (18/17 BC - 21 AD) called Hermann and his men defeated the Romans under Publius Quinctilius Varus 47/46 BC - 9 AD devastatingly struck. The news of a regional uprising is said to have caused Varus to take a detour through unfamiliar terrain with his entire army. At what is now the Kalkriese in the Wiehen Mountains near Osnabrück, he is said to have been ambushed by the Cherusci. The 17th, 18th and 19th Legions perished. Including the auxiliary troops, an eighth of the entire Roman army perished in the battle.
The monument is visited annually by several 100,000 visitors.
July 12, 2021
The highlight of the monument is in fact its sheer size and the complexity that accompanies its creation, completion and "work" as a place of monument: it was planned by Ernst Bandel (start of construction around 1838) financed by civic associations that united one, liberal, modern German state, at a time when censorship and small state rule. From the original approach quasi sinnentstellt finished it in 1875. Wikipedia knows:
"In the reaction phase after the revolution of 1848, the building rested until 1863. There was no financial or political interest in continuing the building during this time, not until the Prussian King's visit to the site in June 1869 and subsequently the founding of the German Reich after the German-French War (1870-1871), the monument project became popular again. "
The monument served in the years 1933-45 projections that are still working today and are simply called fascist.
If one looks at the cultural history of southern Germany, it must be stated that the peaceful coexistence with the Romans had much more beneficial consequences than the North has, where, thanks to Arminius' persuasive power, they have been beaten and driven out by various tribes in devastating battles. Almost 20% of the troops of Rome were lost.
In addition to the historical background, this offers:
November 14, 2017
A little tip for all visitors with Kombiticket Externsteine and Hermannsdenkmal:
The tickets are limited in time. Ours went to 31.3.19, so we set off today on the last day. Before, unfortunately, was always bad weather or we had no time.
After 10 km hike we were there and looked around the monument in peace. The children are then clean and we are behind. At least we wanted. But our adult tickets were invalid. Looked again. Not only are they moderately day-to-day, they are accurate to the minute. The kids tickets until 14:49 and ours actually only until 14:44. We were at 14.47 clock at the turnstile. Had we known that before ....
March 31, 2019
The Hermannsdenkmal, erected in memory of the Germanic tribes' victory over the Romans in the "Battle of the Teutoburg Forest", is one of the most important monuments in Germany. The battle (Varus Battle) itself probably took place near Kalkriese in the Wiehen Mountains. Here, however, the scholars argue.
December 6, 2020
In this battle, which is estimated to last 3 days, the Cheruscan prince Armin (translated today as Hermann) with his followers and the Roman governor and commander Publius Quinctilius Varus fought a battle that was in favor of the Teutons. (Lyrics to the battle) By the tactics of the Cheruscan prince succeeded Germanic defeated subjugated three complete Roman legions, each of 4000-6000 men were strong. Varus is said to have thrown himself into the sword when he saw the fight as lost. Armin was henceforth referred to as the "Liberator Germania".
April 20, 2019
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!