We decided to take a day trip from Dresden to Leipzig to see the quintessential German university town. We had the benefit of a local 'tour guide' to show us around as our sister-in-law's sister is a Ph.D. student here. If we'd been on our own, we may not have taken the time on our short visit to travel by tram to Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Napoleon monument). However, we're so glad we did go as it was a highlight of our visit to Leipzig. The monument sits in a vast park.We slowly approached it admiring the strong and sturdy lines. Völkerschlachtdenkmal commemorates Napoleon's defeat in Leipzig. Proposals to build a monument on the site date back to 1814 but construction didn't begin until 1898 and wasn't completed until 1913 which explains how some of the seemingly Art Deco features were included.
We continued our climb up a dizzying set of spiral stairs. We emerged onto another platform and looked down at the choir serenading us below.