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Berlin Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

By Angie on August 22, 2016


Berlin’s Television Tower (Fernsehturm) was built as a symbol of the city, and what a perfect symbol it is. Stood 368 metres above the German capitals skyline, it welcomes over a million visitors each year.

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Built in the late 1960s and designed by architect Herman Henselmann, the tower is the fourth tallest free standing structure in Europe. If you come to Berlin, it’s almost impossible to miss the Tower wherever you are. Its antenna can be seen for miles around.

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Credit –Alia Adventures

The German Democratic Republic had originally planned to build a new facility for the broadcast of their television programmes. The initial location was found to clash with the planned Schönefeld Airport, so the site moved to its current location.

The sphere of the tower was originally designed as a reminder of the Soviet sputnik satellites and was meant to light up red, the colour of socialism. It is now used as a viewing platform for visitors and stands at around 203 metres in the air. On a clear day, visitors are able to see for almost 42 kilometres.

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Credit – Top 10 Berlin

The sphere is also home to a bar and the tower’s rotating restaurant, Telecafe. It rotates 360 degrees every 30 minutes and stands around 207 metres above the ground. Once you have taken the 40 second lift, or the 986 steps that are also on offer, the view is breathtaking. With pictures guiding you to all of Berlin’s most special buildings as you move around the giant ball, you can spend hours searching for you next stop.

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Credit – Berliner Fernsehturm

Just like the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower is seen as a symbol of the reunified Germany and is definitely something to tick off on your visit to the capital.

 

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