Bismarck Monument (Hamburg)

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Bismarck monument
View of the monument from the southwest in 2004
Bismarck Monument (Hamburg) is located in Hamburg
Bismarck Monument (Hamburg)
Location of Bismarck Monument in Hamburg
Bismarck Monument (Hamburg) is located in Germany
Bismarck Monument (Hamburg)
Bismarck Monument (Hamburg) (Germany)
Coordinates53°32′55″N 9°58′19″E / 53.54861°N 9.97194°E / 53.54861; 9.97194Coordinates: 53°32′55″N 9°58′19″E / 53.54861°N 9.97194°E / 53.54861; 9.97194
LocationHamburg, Germany
DesignerArchitect: Johann Emil Schaudt
Sculptor: Hugo Lederer
Height35 m (115 ft)
Opening date2 June 1906
Dedicated toOtto von Bismarck

The Bismarck Monument (German: Bismarck-Denkmal) in Hamburg is a memorial sculpture located in the St. Pauli quarter dedicated to Otto von Bismarck. It is one of 250 memorials to Bismarck worldwide and is the largest and probably best-known of these Bismarck towers. The monument stands near the jetties of Hamburg port on the Elbhöhe, today a local recreation area. The architect was Johann Emil Schaudt; the sculptor was Hugo Lederer.


The site of the monument was previously occupied by the Elbpavillon restaurant which was removed in 1901. Mayor Johann Georg Mönckeberg established a citizens' commission to erect the monument at the site.

The Bismarck Monument cost 500,000 Goldmarks,[1] and construction finished in 1906.[2] The building of the monument was documented by the photographer Wilhelm Weimar, who worked for the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe.


The monument is approximately 35 m (115 ft) high, weighs 600 t (590 long tons; 660 short tons), and is the world's largest Bismarck monument.[1][2]

Designers created a large network of catacombs beneath the monument. During the years 1939 to 1940, they became an air-raid shelter offering protection for up to 650 people.[2] The architect's intent for the catacombs remain unknown however they, and the entire monument interior, are no longer accessible for safety reasons. During the 1970s, a soldier who served with the British army during the occupation in Germany discovered a tunnel beneath the Bismarck memorial while in Hamburg which led to a Nazi hideout. He contacted the Daily Mirror newspaper and they contacted the Burgermeister in Hamburg. After viewing the tunnel as the soldier had just described it, the tunnel was sealed.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Wiborg, Susanne (17 December 2008). "Der größte Bismarck der Welt" [The world's largest Bismarck] (in German). Die Zeit. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
  2. ^ a b c Hirschbiegel, Thomas (20 July 2006). "Der Titan vom Kiez wird 100" [The titan of the Kiez is 100]. Hamburger Morgenpost (in German). Archived from the original on 20 July 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2017.


  • Jörg Schilling: Distanz halten - Das Hamburger Bismarckdenkmal und die Monumentalität der Moderne, Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen 2006, ISBN 3-8353-0006-7

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