Berliner Fernsehturm (A City View)

Berliner Fernsehturm

After breakfast at a nearby café, I went for a morning walk – it was a good couple of miles to Alexanderplatz where the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) stands, reaching 368 metres above the ground.

After getting my ticket there was a 20 minute wait time for entrance to the TV Tower – the earlier you get there, the better. If it’s extremely busy you might have to wait much longer.

Once you get in through security and in to the lift, the tour guide in the lift points out that you can look up all the way to the top of the hour from the lift, and points out a screen in the lift which shows how high you are.

Up the top, inside the sphere, there are two floors. One is the panoramic viewpoint and the bar – at 203 metres. Above that at 207 metres is the revolving restaurant.

I stayed on the lower floor and did not go in to the restaurant – I simply enjoyed the views, took some photos and sat and had a drink at the bar.

To help you work out what you’re looking at there are maps below each window as well as information on each of Berlin’s districts.

The tower is still used today for broadcasting not just TV but also radio. National stations such as DLF (Deutschlandfunk) come from here, alongside local stations like Berliner Rundfunk 94,4 – and the local DAB+ signal comes from the tower too, meaning I can tune in to the likes of rbb Kulturradio and radioBerlin 88,8 in my hotel room.

After spending quite a bit of time in the tower, I headed back down in the lift and went to find something to eat.

Photos of the view below…

Bye for now.


Fred Hart

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