Berlin Television Tower

Berlin Television Tower

Symbol of the capital Berlin

Berliner Fernsehturm, Alexanderplatz – © visitBerlin, Foto: Artfully Media, Sven Christian Schramm
Bar Berliner Fernsehturm – Foto: katrin bernsteiner
Berlin TV Tower - Restaurant – © Berliner Fernsehturm
– © Berliner Fernsehturm

Anyone who has ever been to Berlin has seen it. Indeed, it is hard to imagine not being able to take notice of it. No wonder - the Berlin Television Tower, which is 368 metres tall, is the highest publicly accessible building in Europe. But it’s even more than that.

History of the Berlin Television Tower

The Berlin Television Tower, or the Berliner Fernsehturm as it is known to Berliners, was inaugurated on 3 October 1969 just before the 20th anniversary of the GDR. For Walter Ulbricht, who was the State Council Chairman of the GDR at the time, it was one of the most important symbols demonstrating the superiority of socialist societies. The construction of the Berlin Television Tower showed that a better future was being built in the East.

But while the GDR has long since been history, the Berlin Television Tower still stands - and it is now accepted as a landmark for all of Germany. Every year more than a million visitors from 86 countries go up 200 metres to the observational level and there take in a breathtaking view of the bustling and constantly changing city.

Go to the revolving Sphere Restaurant without waiting!

Azure-blue sky, not a cloud obscuring your view? Then jump out of bed and get as quickly as possible to the TV Tower! Because, to be honest, on beautiful days like this, only those who show up extra early at the ticket counter will avoid those waits loved by no kid, big or small. Otherwise, plan your visit based on the weather report and book your tickets online, where you can decide what time you want to ascend up to the clouds.

Online booking is urgently recommended if you'd like to enjoy a meal in the TV Tower's spectacular Sphere revolving restaurant. On the menu you'll find not just many international delights for the adults, but also special themed kid's meals such as "Turmi rice pudding", the "Olympic crispy chicken breast" or "Michel vanilla" ice cream.

All of Berlin and then some from way up

One storey lower, on the observation deck, you're still more than high enough to see the high rise Charité hospital, Tempelhof airport, and the multi-storey apartment buildings in Hellersdorf – almost close enough to touch. And if you put a coin in the telescopes, you can even see the Brandenburg windmills miles away. The display charts help you identify the most important buildings near and far in every direction. Even if this is your first time in Berlin, you'll get a good grasp of Germany's capital with the view from the TV Tower.

And, as you come down, you'll be tempted to buy posters, t-shirts or cushions showcasing Berlin's TV Tower, which has become a cool symbol of the united city of Berlin.

Information for school groups

School classes can book as a group on TV Tower website and thus avoid long queues. It is advisable to book as soon as possible, however.

Accessibility

The TV Tower is unfortunately not accessible to people with severe mobility issues for security reasons. Please get informed on the homepage of the TV Tower.

Berlin Tourist Info

Visitors still looking for information, tickets or hotel bookings may easily address to the Berlin Tourist Info Point in the TV Tower.

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