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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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- Historical Travel
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.
The Fernsehturm is a television tower in the centre of Berlin,(Alexanderplatz) built in 1965 by the Democratic Republic and actualy owned by Deutsche Telekom
The Fernsehturm is the second largest structure in Europe (368m)
Two details on this landmark :
-There is a “turning”restaurant , given a extra ordinary overview on the City
-When the sun is shining on the tower, tiled with stainless steel, the reflection appears
in the form of a cross due the construction itself or the reflection of the cross off the nearby church, look at the picture.
This luminous cross is therefore called “The Pope’s Revenche” (Atheisme in the DDR)
Fernsehturm - the TV Tower
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 is also available for weddings, so if you fancy getting married 203 metres in the air, just speak to the Berlin-Mitte registry office and invite up to 200 of your closest friends and family!
The only times we had the chance to go up the tower the weather was a bit grey, so we will just have to go back to Berlin and check out those views another time.
Opening Hours: March - October: 9.00 am - midnight and November - February: 10.00 am - midnight
- Family Travel
Opened on October 3, 1969, the spargel or asparagus tower sits prominently in the middle of Alexander Platz. You can reach the top in a lift which takes about 40 seconds to travel the 200 meters to the top. Here you can have a drink in the bar or dine in the revolving restaurant and take in the splendid view across the city.
There is also a souvenir shop at the entrance.
- Food and Dining
TV Tower & restaurant
The TV tower is a must see, we went to the revolving restaurant which is rather 60's style but the food and service was great. I really don't like heights but went up because my boyfriend wanted to go, however the longer we were up there - 4 rotations, the more I got used to it and quite enjoyed it in the end.
I'd recommend getting there just before sunset, we got to see it in daylight & at night which was great. The views are amazing.
When we were there tmobile have put big pink bits on the tower ball to make it look like a football for the world cup, you can just see this on the pics.
The only not so good thing is that you have to still pay 7 euros to go up the tower to get to the restaurant.
The TV tower isn't very pretty to look at but the views are spectacular and there's lots of information up there so you know what you're looking at. We stopped for a drink at the bar up there, drinks were reasonably priced considerring it's a big tourist attraction, and it was great to relax whilst looking out over the city. I'd imagine it's even more fantastic from the revolving restaurant higher up but there was a big queue so we skipped it. Don't be put off by the queue to go up the tower though, it's worth it. I'd also recommend doing this quite early on in your visit to Berlin as it helps you to map out the city and work out what's where.
- Historical Travel
It's a big one
A masterpiece of DDR design (built by Swedes I think), the Furnsehturm opened in 1969 and is visible from most points in central Berlin (it also makes a good navigation marker from some of the outlying suburbs).
The best way to check out the TV tower (Fernsehturm in German) is on your way to or from Alexanderplatz. It's really not so far by foot, so take a break from the metro & the crowd. :)
The tower itself was built in 1969 & has been visited by almost 50 million tourists since! You have a perfect overview of the whole city from the 368 m high tower! You can even get married up there, well if you're up to it... ;) Another highlight is the rotating restaurant - watch out for the prices though! :) The entry fee is 7 EUR.
Fernsehturm - TV tower
Of all those odd looking German TV towers, the one in Berlin is the biggest and most famous. It is visible from here and there throughout the city so you can orientate yourself. You can get up the more than 300 metre tall building to a viewing platform in the sphere for great views of Berlin in good weather. Just make sure you are here early as the queues are veeeeery long. There is also a restaurant here which revolves every half hour - quite cool :)
- Arts and Culture
That used to be the emblem of Eastern Berlin and now it is the Kudamm with the churches, I guess.
From up there you have the view over all Berlin and that is a good reason to go up there.
I was there again after I don´t know how many years - I guess 20 years and looked at the city again and so many things have changed since then.
I just remember that the last time I was there ( I was a child and it was an "honor" to go up there at that time - at least for my family) I didn´t like the food I had and it was just very expensive - you pay the height also :)
but I think that with the food has changed over the years, just the prize thing stayed the same :)
But you can go up there today even without eating anything and just look at Berlin - you just have to pay 7.50euro which is not that cheap either - but I guess it´s worth it...because Berlin is a great city!
open: march until october - daily from 9am until 12pm
november until february - daily from 10am until 12pm
- Historical Travel
The TV tower, known as the Fernsehturm or the Tele-spargel (toothpick) is one of the largest structures in Europe. The total length to the top of the spire is 365m or 1197 ft. It was built in 1969 by a team of architects with the help of Swedish experts. It contains a concrete shaft, a steel-cladded metal sphere and a TV antenna. The sphere contains a revolving restaurant (Telecafé) at 207m and a viewing platform at a height of 203m.
In 1969 two more monuments were added to the square, the Weltzeituhr (World Time Clock) by Erich John and the Fountain of International Friendship.
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Go for a Spin & See Berlin - TV Tower
It is really good fun to visit the tower & have dinner in the revolving resturaunt. I imagined it would be quite expensive to do that - but considering the view it was very resonable. I would say book ahead though. When we got there, there was a queue and I thought as time was getting on - oh no, but we managed to get seated after a short wait.... but people who had reservations were of course able to go on up when they arrived. So that might be a good tip for you.
Afterwards it was nice to walk in the park below.
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