Germany is celebrating a number of anniversaries in 2013, including the bicentenary of the Battle of the Nations – which took place outside Leipzig in 1813 – and the centenary of the monument built to commemorate the battle. This year's events marking the critical turning point in the Napoleonic Wars are all about commemorating, celebrating and participating. The programme features exhibitions, talks and music events that explore historical, religious and political themes. Children and young people can learn all about the battle on an activity tour.
The highlight of the double celebration is the commemorative week in October entitled 'Leipzig 1813 – 1913 – 2013. A Landmark of European History', which focuses on the peaceful coexistence of nations.
At 91 metres in height, the Battle of the Nations monument is one of the largest monuments in Europe and was voted one of Germany's Top 100 sights.