Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm), Berlin

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Get a bird's-eye view of Berlin from the top of Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm), the highest point in the city. A symbol of Berlin since it was erected in the 1960s, this is the tallest structure in Germany. The tower is 368 m (1,207 ft) tall, with an observation deck 204 m (670 ft) above ground. Try to time your visit for a sunny day, as thick fog can obscure the view from the top on overcast days. You can wait for the morning mist to clear at the tower's rotating restaurant, which spins 360 degrees in just under 30 minutes. The tower welcomes nearly 1.5 million tourists each year, so be prepared for a long wait at the entrance. You can avoid standing in line by booking a fixed date and time of your visit on the tower's website. Add Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm) and other attractions to your Berlin trip itinerary using our Berlin online travel planner .
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  • You cannot miss this given the scale of it but once in the area you find yourself in huge square surrounded with shopping centres along with world clock, red town hall and Neptune fountain. All next t...  more »
  • We booked tickets for dinner in the restaurant and viewing area. I was disappointed that I was told there were no seats directly by the window even though it was a few days before hand and when I chec...  more »
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  • On Muggleberge, a mountain in the southeast of Berlin, construction work began in 1954 on a television tower that stood 130 meters tall. The tower included an observation deck at a height of 70 meters. During the planning stage, though, someone forgot that, if complete, the television tower as planned would interfere with air traffic at Berlin-Schoenefeld, the most important airport in the region. On December 13, 1955, construction work on the tower was stopped and the incomplete stump was turned into a post for the secret service of the former GDR. The reason for the stop in construction - and for the use of the stump - remained a secret for decades; it was said that the tower was intended to be used as a meteorological observatory, but construction was halted when it was determined that there was no requirement for such an object. After the German reunification, the television tower was transformed into a radio relay station. The tower remains under lockdown and cannot normally be visited; it is not to be confused with the Muggelberge Observation Tower, which sits only about 100 meters away.
  • Unfortunately, very crowded on beautiful days. Otherwise, it is a very nice relaxing area. If you are looking for peace and quiet, you should look elsewhere.
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