The Isted Lion (or Flensburg Lion) (Danish: Istedløven or Flensborgløven), German: Flensburger Löwe or Idstedter Löwe) is a Danish war monument originally intended as a monument of the Danish victory over German-minded Schleswig-Holstein insurgents in the Battle of Isted (Idstedt) on 25 July 1850, during the First Schleswig War which was a civil war within the Danish Realm, although with troops from Prussia supporting the Schleswig-Holstein insurgents. At its time it was the largest battle in Scandinavian history.To visit Flensburger Lowe and other attractions in Flensburg, use our Flensburg tour planner.
Others perceived it more as a memorial for the Danish dead in the battle.
Originally erected in Flensburg, Schleswig during still Danish rule, it was moved to Berlin by Prussian authorities after Prussian conquests in the Second Schleswig War of 1864 and remained there until 1945. It was returned to Denmark as a gift from the United States Army and was located at Søren Kierkegaards Plads in Copenhagen. In September 2011 it was returned to Flensburg.
Flensburger Lowe Reviews
Huge statue, made by the Danes, when they won the first Schleswig war, it was later moved to Berlin, when German one the second Schleswig war in 1864. Post world war II it was moved to Copenhagen... more »
The cemetery that surrounds the Lion is also well worth a visit - particularly the bits that relate to the wars between 1850 & 1864, as this is part of the history of the Lion. Remarkable that it... more »
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