Hall of Liberation at Kelheim

Picture: Hall of Liberation at Kelheim

The memorial commemorating the victorious battles against Napoleon in the Wars of Liberation in 1813-1815 was commissioned by King Ludwig I and begun by Friedrich Gärtner, who modelled it on centrally planned buildings from ancient Rome and the Italian Middle Ages. It was completed from modified plans in 1863 by Leo von Klenze.

The supporting buttresses of the façade are crowned by 18 monumental statues which are allegories of the German 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.

Picture: Interior external link


Inside the building, 34 monumental goddesses of victory made by Ludwig Schwanthaler in white Carrara marble join hands in a ceremonious round dance. Between them they hold 17 gilt shields that are said to have been made from the bronze of melted weapons. Since it soon became difficult to obtain the large marble blocks from Schlanders in Tyrol, only six figures could be made from this stone. The marble for the other 28 goddesses came from Carrara, and was transported to the Michelsberg primarily by water.

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Virtual tour (as of 2010)

In this virtual tour you will experience the Hall of Liberation at Kelheim from a brand new perspective. The Panoramic shots (360 degrees) will present you phantastic views of the palace and the gardens. Please click on the picture below to start the virtual tour:

Picture: Hall of Liberation

The panoramas or pictures to be loaded are rather large, and thus take a relatively long time to load. Please be patient – they are worth waiting for! The tour opens in a separate window and was prepared by Josef Spitzlberger, Oberschleißheim.

Live pictures of the Hall of Liberation you will find here:

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Object information:


Befreiungshallestraße 3
93309 Kelheim
Telefon 09441 68207-0

Current information

From 5 August to the end of October 2019, the State Road 2230 between Kelheim and Essing is closed due to construction work. A detour is signposted.

Opening hours

April-October: 9 am-6 pm
November-March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily

Tickets on sale
April-October: 9 am-5.15 pm
Nov.-March: 10 am-3.15 pm

Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31

General information on opening times and admission charges

Guided tours

No regular guided tours

Audioguide available

Multimedia-Guide available in German and English (with costs)

Admission charges 2019

4.50 euros regular
4 euros reduced

Combination ticket
(Hall of Liberation / Prunn Castle / Walhalla)
11 euros regular
9 euros reduced

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Accessible via lift



Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Café Bistro zur Befreiungshalle
Telefon 09441 6609485
 www.cafebistro befreiungshalle.de

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Ludwigsbahn Kelheim

Parking space:

Car park and bus car park available (with costs)

Responsible administrative office

Verwaltung der Befreiungshalle Kelheim
Befreiungshallestraße 3
93309 Kelheim
Telefon 09441 68207-0
Fax 09441 68207-20
befreiungshalle.kelheim@ bsv.bayern.de

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