I visited the Berliner Fernsehturm (Berlin TV tower) on Thursday, November 17th, 2011. I went with a group from the Goethe Institute. Normally it costs 11 Euros for adults, but because we were a group, we each only had to pay 7 Euros.
The Berliner Fernsehturm is the tallest structure in Germany and the fourth tallest in Europe with a height of 368 meters (or 1,207.349 feet). It was constructed during the GDR (German Democratic Republic) between the years 1865-1869. It was supposed to be a symbol not only of Berlin, but of the strength of the GDR. Since all the TV broadcasts during the GDR were controlled by the government, the television tower proved to be very helpful in getting across its socialist messages to the East Germans (colloquially known as “Ossis”).
Sadly, I couldn’t find any of this historical information at the tower itself. Today it’s a big tourist magnet and the main thing that is emphasized about it is its height and 360 degrees view of Berlin. Of course it has a revolving restaurant, too. I was very disappointed by the lack of historical background. But at least I got to see a bird’s eye view of Berlin and ride the fastest elevator in Europe (the elevator takes you all the way up in only 40 seconds- that’s about 6 meters per second!)
It’s really hard to see, but this is the Berliner Dom. It took me forever to find the Spree river, which flows right next to the Berliner Dom, because of all the buildings!
Here is the Galeria Kaufhof, which is a really awesome shopping center. They have everything from food to toys to clothing to souvenirs! I think there’s also a restaurant on the top floor. It’s fun just to walk around and look at all the different things. It’s right in the middle of Alexander Platz, so it’s pretty hard to miss.
A close up view. This is the best I could do. 🙂
A classmate and pose for a picture at the top of the tower.
Here’s a picture of the Berlin city hall (Rathaus). In Berlin, they call it the “Rothaus” because it’s red.
Berliner Rathaus again