From 14 to 19 October 1813, the Allies Austria, Prussia, Russia and Sweden inflicted the decisive defeat on the French army, thereby breaking Napoleon’s domination of Europe. With up to 600,000 soldiers from all over Europe involved, the Battle of Nations near Leipzig entered the history books as the largest and bloodiest field battle in world history up to the beginning of the 20th century. Almost every sixth man died in battle or later succumbed to his wounds. Many villages around Leipzig were destroyed.
This year, between 19 and 21 October 2018, visitors can experience traditional international bivouacs at the Dölitz and Markkleeberg Gate Houses. Access to these bivouacs is free of charge. In addition, historical performers will also bivouac in the “village year 1813” in Liebertwolkwitz, which requires admission fee. A total of up to 2,000 historical performers from all over Europe are expected.
The highlight will be the historical battle presentation on Saturday 20 October at 2.30pm at the “Galgenbergdenkmal” between Liebertwolkwitz (Leipzig) and Wachau (Markkleeberg). In addition several commemoration meetings, markets and talks will take place.
Holders of a ticket for the historical battle presentation will receive a 50% discount on the regular ticket price at the following museums during the weekend:
– Zinnfigurenmuseum (Pewter Figure Museum) in the Torhaus Dölitz (Helenenstraße 24, 04279 Leipzig)
– Regional museum in the Torhaus Markkleeberg (Kirchstraße 40, 04416 Markkleeberg)
– Sanitäts- und Lazarettmuseum (Medical and hospital museum) Seifertshain (Pfarrgasse 2, 04463 Großpösna / OT Seifertshain).
Please check the opening hours of the museums!