Radio tower (Funkturm)

Radio tower (Funkturm)

Berlin’s long beanpole

Funkturm – © Fersy-photocase.com

During the Berlin Wall era, the "long beanpole" was one of the most prominent symbols of West Berlin.

And it still serves as a wonderful vantage point for enjoying an extensive panoramic view of the city. The radio tower was built according to plans made by Heinrich Straumer as part of the exhibition grounds in Charlottenburg. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the steel radio tower was built in 1924. The 150 metre tower went into operation in 1926 as part of the 3rd Radio Exhibition, thus improving the quality of radio broadcasting that had existed in Berlin since 1923. At 55 meters above the ground, there is a restaurant and, at 126 metres, there is an observation deck.

Fairgrounds

The first buildings of the fairgrounds, where there the radio tower is located, were constructed before the Great War. However, today they no longer can be found. On the other hand, there still remains the Ehrenhalle (Hall of Fame), which was built in 1936 in a monumental, fascist style. Especially in recent years, many additional warehouses have been enlarged and ex-panded. Taken altogether, there are now 26 halls covering 160,000 square metres worth of space, which serve to hold the world's leading trade fairs, including the world's largest con-sumer exhibition "International Green Week, the Internationale Tourismus Börse (ITB) and the International Radio Exhibition (IFA).” The summer garden and the palace at the radio tower are also located in the courtyard. Website

ICC

The fair complex is directly connected to the International Congress Centrum (ICC Berlin). The shimmering, silver ICC, the largest venue of its kind for exhibitions and conferences in all of Europe, was built between 1975 and 1979 by the architects Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte. It is a reflection of the architectural design of high-tech modernity, which was popular at the time. Inside the building, which resembles two nested boxes, can be found more than 20,000 places in 80 halls along with the latest modern technical equipment. The programme of conferences and congresses is complemented by pop concerts, balls, parties and other events. Website

Due to annual maintenance work and the IFA (International Consumer Electronics Fair) in September the Funkturm-Restaurant and the observation deck will be closed from 8 July to 16 September 2013.

Infobox

Hammarskjöldplatz 1
14055 Berlin CHARLOTTENBURG
Tel.: 030 – 3038-1905
Fax: 030 – 30382900

Funkturmatcapital-catering [dot] de

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Way up to platform:
adult fair 5 €
children 2,80 €

Way up to restaurant:
adult fair 2,80 €
children 1,50 €

Observation deck
Mon10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tue - Sun10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Restaurant
Wed - Sun11.30am - 11pm

Closure at short notice due to weather is possible. Telephone restaurant: 0049-(0)30-30382900

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