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Laboe Naval Memorial

Laboe Naval Memorial

Laboe Naval Memorial overlooking the Baltic Sea

The Laboe Naval Memorial's foundation stone was laid in 1927 at the mouth of the Kieler Fjord in the Baltic Sea. The 72-metre-high tower was finished in 1936.

German architect Gustav August Munzer designed the tower. Today, it is one of the country's few examples of expressionist architecture. 

The 341 steps in the brick tower take you up to a viewing platform at the very top.

The naval monument initially commemorated the German marines killed in World War I. The memorial came out of World War II unscathed. However, in 1946, the Allied Control Council launched a plan to blow up all Nazi museums and monuments. Since this monument did not glorify the war, it escaped being torn down.

Peaceful navigation

The German Naval Association was given the naval memorial in 1954 and placed different emphases on it. Today, the Laboe Naval Memorial is a memorial to all those left at sea and a symbol of peaceful navigation at sea.

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