Although there's a campaign to get Hamburg's TV Tower re-opened, it doesn't look like it's about to come online any time soon. So you can forget the glorious vistas that were once enjoyed from its observation deck. For now it provides a gleaming white 60s view of the future, all pancaked UFOs stacked atop of each other cresting in a confusion of parabolic mirrors. It looks like it was designed to be part of the Discovery One spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
You can get great views of the TV tower from all over Hamburg, as it's relatively close to the centre, but the Binnenalster and the parkland west of the lakes make for the best pictures.
Hamburg's TV Tower is one of the tallest building in the entire city. Having been completed in the year 1968 it is sort of a young building compared to some of the other buildings in the city; however it is certainly not lacking in beauty. This huge tower is an astounding 280 metres tall reaching way up into the sky. It is an elegant landmark in the north west corner of Planten and Blomen/Public Gardens and from the park is reached via a footbridge over Renzelstraße.
Unluckily, during our visit, we were not able to reach up to the viewing platform and to the revolving restaurant. The access was closed 10 years ago. We knew this news from few locals in the Karolinen district where the tower is located.
Accessible with public transport:
Sternschanze (U3,S11, S21, S31)
With its impressive 271.5 meters the telecommunication tower of the German Telekom with distance towers above all other buildings in Hamburg. Even without the antenna it measures 204 meters.
In order to be able to enjoy the fantastic view, one takes the elevator 130 meters up to the prospect pulpit, or a floor higher, in the panorama restaurant. Since the restaurant is on a turntable, one can enjoy the view over the city here quite relaxed with coffee and cake, and see everything, without having to crane one's neck.
The TV tower, or "Tele Michel", how it is called, was built for 1965-1968 by Fritz Trautwein and Fritz Leonhardt. It is officially called Heinrich Herz tower and is dedicated to the Jewish physicist Heinrich Rudolf Herz (1857-1894), who discovered the electromagnetic waves for radio transmissions.
In search of a hangover cure me and a couple of my mates decided we would go to the top of the TV Tower. Off we set on foot for what we thought was a 5 minute walk from the Reeperbahn, half an hour later we don't seem to be any closer to the dam thing!!
Well exagerating a bit, it maybe took us half an hour in total to get there, imagine our bemusement and disappointment to be greeted with a building site of monsterous proportions at the bottom of the tower, it was bloody closed!!
Not to worry the fresh air had done us good, and the TV Tower looked mightily impressive from the ground, maybe a trip to the top would of sent me over the edge?
Near to the Planten un Blomen park, this concrete needle with a 271.5 metre high antenna supports an observation platform and, a little higher, a panoramic revolving restaurant that makes a complete turn every 55 minutes. On a clear day, you can have a wonderful view across the Hamburg area.
IMPORTANT: THERE IS NO LONGER A RESTAURANT IN THE TV-TOWER!
And from what i have heard, there is no possibility to go up and enjoy the view anymore!
The TV-Tower is with its 280 m (919 ft) Hamburg's highest building. It is situated in the Lagerstraße.
If you want you could jump from the 120 m - platform and for 130 € you get a bungee.