The Berlin TV Tower

The tallest structure in all of Germany, Berlin’s TV Tower, or Fernsehturm, peers out over the city at at a height of 368 metres.  At least that’s according to the internet. I can’t vouch for that, because we never actually saw the top of the thing the whole week we were in Berlin!


Taken in the middle of the day ... it goes up a good bit higher, but you can't see it! Here you can see the Alexanderplatz train station as well.


The tower was built by the GDR (that’s the East) between 1965 and 1969, and was intended to be a new symbol of the city.  I have to admit, as towers go (and we’ve seen quite a few) it’s fairly attractive. The ball at the top is shiny, and apparently there’s been a bit of a brou-haha over the years because when the sun shines on it, it creates the image of a cross. The former East didn’t really like that much!

There is a revolving restaurant at the top, and while we were tempted to make a reservation, the prices and the cloud-cover made it seem like a bad idea. Perhaps next time we’ll have some clear days, with a better chance. After all, if you can’t see the top from the ground, you’re not going to be able to see the ground from the top!


A spooky night picture.


The picture below is from Wikipedia, because I wanted to show the top of the structure, with the alternating red and white stripes. We never got to see this part of the tower, but I think we can safely assume it’s still there.  😉   According to the internet:  “Owing to its suggestive shape, the tower is sometimes referred to as ‘Telespargel’ (TV asparagus), although this nickname is virtually never used by Berliners themselves.”


Image courtesy of Wikipedia. Thats the Marienkirche in the foreground.




Posted on 04/01/2011, in travel, Travel to Europe and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. the spooky one is great. It could be from a horror movie…

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