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Soviet War Memorial

This monument commemorates the sacrifice made by 17,000 Russian soldiers who died to end the seven-year-long Nazi occupation of Vienna. 

Towering above the picturesque Hochstrahlbrunnen fountain on Vienna’s Schwarzenbergplatz is the Soviet War Memorial. This spectacular monument, otherwise known as the Heldendenkmal der Roten Armee (Heroes Monument of the Red Army), memorializes the thousands of Soviet troops who fell in the 1945 Battle of Vienna against the Nazis. Take some photos of this important monument to a dark time in Vienna’s history.

The pivotal Battle of Vienna took place in April 1945 during World War II. After heavy fighting, Soviet troops won control over the city, ending a Nazi occupation that began as far back as 1938. Unfortunately, when the battle ended, 17,000 Soviet soldiers lay dead. To commemorate the soldiers’ sacrifice, the Allies had the Soviet War Memorial constructed by the end of 1945.

The most prominent feature of the memorial is a statue of a Red Army soldier holding a gold shield and a Soviet flag. Admire the bronze sculpture, which stands at 12 metres (39 feet) tall atop a pillar. Take pictures from afar, since the statue is hard to see from nearby due to its height.

Inspect the monument up close to read what is printed at its base. The inscription, which appears in the original Russian of poet Sergei Michaelkow, begins: “Monument to the soldiers of the Soviet Army, who for the liberation of Austria from fascism have fallen…” A further inscription appears in glittering gold letters on the row of columns that wraps around the Russian soldier statue from behind. Walk along the colonnade and notice the two further statues resting on both of its ends.

Reach the Soviet War Memorial by riding the tram to Schwarzbergenplatz or nearby Karlsplatz. Due to the monument’s location in Vienna’s bustling centre, you may need to navigate crowds and traffic to reach the monument on foot.


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