Berlin TV Tower

Berlin TV Tower – Wombats Hostels

I waited months to visit Berlin TV Tower, because it sounded like a tourist trap. Finally decided it was worth a visit for the view alone. Indeed it’s a tourist trap, but I’m glad to have experienced the bird’s-eye perspective of Berlin from the top! The view is amazing even on a cloudy day with snow flurries. Wish I’d done it earlier in sunny weather – a great way to get a fix on the lay of the land.

Berliner Dom from TV Tower

The TV Tower (Fernsehturm in German) is Berlin’s most recognizable landmark. It’s in Alexanderplatz, a public square in Mitte District, and visible from almost any angle in the city. After four years of construction, the Tower opened in 1969. It celebrates a 50th anniversary in 2019 next year!

Berlin TV Tower – Wikimedia Commons


When the sun shines on the TV Tower’s round dome, a cross shape reflects on it. West Berliners call this the “Pope’s revenge”.


Sunshine on Berlin’s TV Tower – Photocase
Walter Ulbricht German Communist Leader with Khrushchev – Fotostock
Professor Hermann Henselmann –

TV Tower History and Significance

East Germany socialist leader – Walter Ulbricht – hired architects from a state-owned engineering company “to create a Sputnik satellite-like building showing off the technological advancement and power of East Berliners”. Hermann Henselmann and fellow German Democratic Republic (GDR) architects Fritz Dieter, Günter Franke, and Werner Neumann designed the tower.

River Spree from TV Tower

The Berlin TV Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. Other members include Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Sydney Tower, Collserola in Barcelona, and the Eiffel Tower. With the addition of an extra antenna in 1997, the TV Tower became the highest building in Germany. In 30 minutes the tower it rotates 360 degrees! It has has rotating Sphere Restaurant and Panorama Bar.

Berlin TV Tower – Bianca Baker


“After reunification, the TV Tower had new significance. No longer a symbol of East Germany, it was an integral element of Berlin’s new cityscape symbolizing the city – both nationally and internationally.”


Owned by Deutsche Telekom, Berlin TV Tower antenna broadcasts over 60 TV and radio programs. The 986 step staircase to the tower is closed. A high-speed elevator transports visitors to the observation deck in a rapid 38 seconds!

Berlin TV Tower – Michael Bednarek


  1. Garrulous Gwendoline

    I got a surprise to see Sydney tower mentioned in there. We kind of take it for granted I guess. Oddly enough, when I saw those first eye-views, my mind flew immediately to the bombers of WWII. The River Spree makes a handy navigational landmark.

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