Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal

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  • Andreas Platzl

    From here the view is terrific! Every time I visited friends in Dortmund, they brought me here. But also the monument itself, with the 34 meter high tower and the equestrian statue of the emperor is no less impressive. Do not forget the jacket! This is somehow always a strong wind. But you can use them anyway when hiking in the area.

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    • October 14, 2016

  • Traveler

    Offering grandious views across the valley, the Hohensyburg, also called Sigiburg or Syburg, is located on the 245 meter high Syberg above the confluence of the Ruhr and Lenne above the artificial Hengsteysee in southern Dortmund district Syburg. Nearby are the natural stage Hohensyburg (since 1952) and the Hohensyburg casino (since 1985). The Ruhr escarpments Hohensyburg is a recognized and protected nature reserve. The Syburg Bergbauweg presents relics of modern mining.
    A monument in the memory of Kaiser Wilhelm I with four related still images was erected here from 1893 and handed over to the public on 30 June 1902. The architecture was by Hubert Stier, sculptures by Adolf von Donndorf. In 1935 based on plans by the Dortmund sculptor Friedrich Bagdons it was completely rebuilt and redesigned according to National Socialist architecture.
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    • December 12, 2016

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    In addition to the castle ruins is located on the 245 meter high Syberg built in memory of Kaiser Wilhelm I monument with four Nebenstandbildern. The monument was built from 1893 to 1902 and handed over to the public on June 30, 1902. The architecture was by Hubert Stier, the sculptures by Adolf von Donndorf. It was completely rebuilt in 1935 to plans by the Dortmund sculptor Friedrich Bagdons and redesigned in accordance with the National Socialist architecture. Of the four flanking statues, those of Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm and Prinz Friedrich Karl, which were kept by Otto von Bismarck and Helmuth von Moltke, were preserved in a modified arrangement. On an inscription removed after 1945, the 16th of March 1935 was given as the date of completion.
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    • January 27, 2017

  • Nadine

    The tour starts in the city as you walk through an old town center. This one is nice and small, but having to walk along the main street with the dogs afterwards was not so nice. Along the Ruhr it is very nice. Of course, even in good weather quite busy. The forest path up to the memorial is not necessarily suitable for children or pensioners. However, when you have overcome the hurdles of high-tow over roots and sometimes very high levels, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view. Above is a beautiful park that connects the monument and the ruin. All in all, a nice tour with a few minus points.

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    • October 24, 2017

  • Pottkind

    A great place with foresight

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    • May 4, 2018

  • Peter

    You will be rewarded with a wonderful view over the Hengsteysee

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    • April 8, 2018

  • Pruemmel

    Very nice big monument with a great view!

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    • November 1, 2018

  • Sven

    a great subject for photography, with a great view

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    • November 15, 2018

  • Markus 🥾⛰

    Very nice view over the Ruhr valley and very impressive

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    • March 4, 2019

  • Marc

    Just crazy when you think about how the tons of copper got there

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    • August 14, 2018

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    Only a few steps away from the Syburg stands the widely visible monument in honor of Emperor Wilhelm I (1797-1888, emperor from 1871 - 1888). It presents itself today as a monumental stone block with an equestrian statue of the emperor, flanked by statues of the Prussian Chancellor Otto Count von Bismarck and the Prussian Field Marshal Count von Moltke. The monument stands on a walk-in gallery. The square below has the shape and construction of a small fortress and enhances the monumental impression of the distance. Especially when passing by train on the Upper Ruhr Valley Railway or by car on the A1 motorway, the monument at the Syberg can be well identified.

    The imperial monument was unveiled in 1902 and at that time had a distinctly different appearance than today. In addition to embellishments, which appear quite appealing on historical postcards, it originally had two further statues of prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Friedrich Karl on the right and left of the emperor in front of their own small turrets. In 1935, the National Socialists rebuilt and demolished the modern and modern form of the period - apart from the symbols of the Third Reich that were removed after the war. The statues of the two princes disappeared to the right and left.

    Like the castle ruins, the monument is freely accessible. The large square below offers an excellent view of the Hagener Ruhr valley with the confluence of Ruhr and Lenne, the lying at the feet of Hengsteysee pumped storage power plant and the industrial suburbs and parts of downtown Hagen. Leisure boats on the lake can be followed as well as trains that cross the Ruhr bridge directly at the confluence of the rivers and thereby make some noise.

    The monument and the castle ruins are open day and night.

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    • February 27, 2019

  • Thorsten

    The Kaiser Wilhelm monument on the observation deck. From here you have a beautiful view over the Hengsteysee and the Ruhr valley.

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    • May 1, 2019

  • micha.harnau

    Imposing monument with great views of the Ruhr valley and the lakes ....

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    • March 6, 2019

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    Das Denkmal ist den Helden des Deutsch-Französischen Krieges von 1870/71, den Schöpfern des zweiten Reiches, dem Deutschen Reich 1871 – 1918 (Kaiserreich) gewidmet.
    Wie bei dem Kaiser Wilhelm-Denkmal auf dem Kyffhäuser wurde das Denkmal auf altem Reichsboden neben einer Burgruine eine Stätte gegeben. Das am 30. Juni 1902 enthüllte Denkmal zeigt den Kaiser Wilhelm I. zu Pferde sitzend vor einem 34 Meter hohen Turm, flankiert von Standbildern Otto von Bismarcks und Helmuth von Moltkes. Über dem Kaiserdenkmal steht die Inschrift der Reichsgründung: „18. Januar 1871“. Entwurf und Planung des Denkmals stammten vom Architekten Hubert Stier (27.03.1838 – 25.06.1907) aus Hannover.
    Die Standbilder Wilhelms I. (Reiterstandbild), Bismarcks, Moltkes, des Kronprinzens (Kaiser Friedrich III.) und des Prinz Friedrich Karl wurden von den Bildhauern Adolf Donndorf (16.02.1835 – 20.12.1916) und seinem Sohn Karl (17.07.1870 – 30.10.1941) entworfen und ausgeführt. Am 30. Juni 1902 wurde das Kaiser Wilhelm-Denkmal auf der Hohensyburg eingeweiht. In den 20er Jahren wurde die umgebende Landschaft neu gestaltet.
    Anfang der 1930er Jahre geriet das wegen seines architektonischen Stils heftig kritisierte Denkmal in einen baulich immer desolateren Zustand und so nahm sich die westfälische Provinzialverwaltung der Sache an. Nach einer Stellungnahme der Fachleute in der „Tremonia“ im August und September 1934 wurde vorgeschlagen, dem Denkmal eine „dauerhafte und abgeänderte Form“ zu geben. In der Zeit von Januar 1935 bis Januar 1936 wurden daher erhebliche Umbauten am Denkmal durchgeführt.
    Das gesamte Erscheinungsbild des Denkmals änderte sich zugunsten einer an die NS-Architektur angelehnten Gestaltung, die einem Modell des Dortmunder Bildhauers Friedrich Bagdons (07.08.1878 – 07.03.1937) folgte. Die Standbilder des Kronprinzen Friedrich Wilhelm und des Prinzen Friedrich Karl verschwanden, die des Fürsten Otto von Bismarck und des Grafen Helmuth von Moltke wurden dem Reiterstandbild Kaiser Wilhelms I. am Hauptturm direkt beigeordnet. Die beiden Seitentürme wurde, wie auch die Kaiserkrone auf dem Hauptturm entfernt.

    • June 7, 2019

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Location: Ruhr Region, Münster District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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