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Located in the middle of Alexanderplatz is the impressive Berliner Fernsehturm or TV Tower. The tallest building in Berlin, this 368 metre tall tower is visible everywhere!
The TV Tower was built from 1965-69 by the East German government, defying West German with its dizzying height. Below its lofty antenna is a shiny steel sphere, that reflects the cross from the nearby Marienkirche, called "the Pope's revenge" by the West Berliners.
You can take a lift up to the viewing platform, 203 metres above the ground. On a clear day you can see for almost 40kms. Above the observation deck there is the Tele-Café, a revolving restaurant offering those same fabulous views.
The TV Tower, called the toothpick by locals is the city's tallest building at 365m. It was built in 1969. The ticket office and elevator lobby is located at the base of the tower, cost about 8.50 Euros..
Situated inside the steel clad giant sphere is the observation platform at 203m. On a clear day the whole of Berlin is visible and views of up to 25 miles can be had.
The Tele-Cafe is one floor above the viewing platform and consists of about 38 tables near the outer ring that move on a conveyor belt that does one full circle every 30 minutes. Despite its location we had a ten minute wait for a table (about 9pm Wed) and the prices for a 2x meal and dessert were 60 Euro which we thought was reasonable.
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The tallest tower
The Fernsehturm (TV tower) is the tallest tower in the city. It is 368 metres high. There is an elevator that takes you to an observation platform and a restaurant, which revolves slowly. From here you can see all across the city.
It is located in the middle of Alexanderplatz.
A symbol of Berlin
This is the highest constructure in Berlin, a symbol of the city, shown from almost everywhere, it is located in Alexanderplatz, in the center of Berlin, for less than 10 euro we can go to the top of it to admire the best view of all the city.
Fernsehturm (translation) television tower
The tower was built between 1965 and 1969 by the former German Democratic Republic . To get to the top of the 368 m hight tower you must take a 40 second long elevator ride. Like the CN tower and Skylon tower in Canada. The German tower has a observation deck and rotating dinning platform. The rotating dinning hall goes around twice in one hour, so you will be able see all of the city. Here are the hours if you would like to go to the top.
March - October: 9.00 am - midnight
November - February: 10.00 am - midnight
Adults: 9.50 €
seniors: 7.50 €
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Pie in the Sky - Fernsehturm
When you see this particular spire looming ahead of you ( and you can see it from most places ) you definitely know you are in Berlin. At 368 feet high, it is Germany's tallest structure and one of this city's most visited tourist attractions. It is quite stunning as transmitters go and I think it might not be unreasonable to suppose that it's size was as much to do with making a visual statement of power as it was about its actual day-to-day function.
This spectacular creation took four years to build and has been in service since 1969. At the top , on a fine day, you can see, if not forever, at least to a distance of 40 kms ,and the views over the city are obviously terrific. As well as the viewing station, there's a restaurant on top which makes a 360 degree turn every 30 minutes. Unfortunately, I didn't experience any of this for myself as I'm too claustrophobic to travel in lifts and the mere thought of being up so high makes me queasy. So I had to content myself with admiring it from the ground and taking multiple photos. Vt member MgMarcus has great photos from the top on his Berlin page , if you want to check them out.
The Fernsehturm website is excelllent and gives a virtual visual tour of the interior. If like me you are too chicken to take that 40 second elevator to the top, then you might find this of interest.
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The tallest structure in Berlin at 365 m provides magnificent views of the city. Take the lift up to the Viewing Platform, situated inside the steel-clad giant sphere. Also here is a relvolving cafe, a great place to sit with a drink & watch the city pass by at a birds-eye view. Once back on the ground there is a souvenir shop to visit.
The TV-tower is a good landmark in Berlin as you can see it from almost everywhere. On my second trip in March 2007 we went up to the tower and although I don't like high places I'm glad I made it as the view was amazing!
With its height of 368 m, it's the third highest structure in Europe. The visitor platform is at a height of about 204 m above the ground.
Fernsehturm - TV Tower
The Television Tower or "toothpick" as it is sometimes known as, is 365m (1,197ft) tall. It was built in 1969 by a team of architects and with the help of some Swedish experts.
You can go up to the top via elevator, for around 5,00EUR (half price for kids) from 9am - 1pm March-October and 10am - midnight November to February.
Below the antenna is a sphere of steel. When the sun hits it it creates the refelction of a huge white cross. The cross phenomenon caused a fair amount of hooha in the GDR which promted the West Berliners to nick-name it "the Pope's revenge"
See the Fernsehturm
I think you can still visit the Fernsehturm today - but this is a very old picture that I took back in 1983 when this was East Berlin, and the building in the foreground was the Parliament ('Volkskammer') We actually ascended the Fernsehturm back then and enjoyed the view at a height of 203 meters.
Tallest point in Berlin at 368 metres and has a viewing area at 203 metres, there is a television antenna on top which accounts for most of the height difference between the two. Hard to take photo’s due to the glazing of the glass and all the reflections. Opens at 9am and closes at 12pm and costs about 8 euro for an adult ticket. The is a café style revolving restaurant at the top but plenty of shops at the base if you want to save some money. You can see a lot of Berlin as it is not a heavily built up (upwards) city. Good view down Unter den Linden.
Fernsehturm and Marienkirche
I recall seeing the Fernsehturm (TV tower) from the former West Berlin in the 70's but never being able to visit and so it was really exciting to be able to actually walk up to it at ground level. Although I didn't go inside, it is possible for visitors to climb up the 362m tower for stunning views over the city. There is also a restaurant.
When the sun shines brightly on the globe, a distinct crucifix form is very apparent. Isn't it ironic? ;))
In the photo is also the steeple of the Marienkirche, Berlin's second oldest church after the Nickolaikirche.
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The Fernsehturm or television tower was built between 1965-9 by the former GDR and is the third tallest structure in Europe. The tower now stands at 368m and is visible throughout Berlin. The visitors platform, which is in the dome at 204m can be reached in 40 seconds by lift. The platform gives spectacular views of up to 40kms on a clear day. There is also a large restaurant which rotates every 30 minutes. Just like the the Gaint Ferris wheel in Vienna if you fancy a different wedding your can also get married in the tower followed by a reception in the restaurant.
The big 70's tower
Went up the top of the odd looking tower that dominates the skyline. €8 for an adult to go to the top.
The whole thing hasn't been updated since the cold war, from the staff uniforms and the wearers miserable faces, to the decor of the interior of the tower which looked like something off the set of a low budget 70's sci-fi TV show.
The one working lift took us up to the viewing level which does give an excellent view of the city. We eventually got past the woman minding the restaurant entrance and got a table.
The menus, food and service were fit for a visiting low ranking communist party official and was half expecting to be arrested as a British spy.
The food wasn't great and the soup with wursts in it was like wallpaper paste with 2 hot dog sausages poking out. It was all about the experience and was worth it for that!
The only way to see from East to West
My friend grew up in East Germany and he told me that many East Germans would visit the TV tower as it was the only way for an Ossie to see what life was like in West Germany/Berlin. The view is fantastic, too.
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