The Berlin TV Tower was built between 1965 and 1969 by the government of the former German Democratic Republic. Its original height was 365 m. When a new antenna was installed in the nineties, the tower´s height increased to 368 m. The Berlin TV Tower is the fourth tallest single construction in Europe. It consists of a gallery and rotating restaurant in the middle of a spheroid construction. The rotating restaurant makes one turn in every 20 minutes. Originally, it was one turn every hour, later the velocity was doubled and then even tripled. The lookout gallery is situated a few metres below the restaurant, at 204 metres. If the weather is favourable, you can overview up to 42 km from the tower. There are two elevators to get visitors to the lookout point (you will be there in mere 40 seconds) . It is interesting that in the past the Berlin TV Tower was a part of communist propaganda. The former communist government had insisted that the tower, taller than any church in the city, was a symbol of progress that clearly beats the medieval times. However, when the construction was completed, it turned out that - due to the structure and the materials - when the sun shines, the sun light forms a huge golden cross on the tower sphere - the symbol of imperishability of the Christ church for every Christian.
The Berlin TV Tower is open to public from March to October every day from 9 a.m. until midnight. From November to February, the tower is open every day from 10 a.m. until midnight. The admission fee is €10.50 for adults and €6.50 for children under 16. The admission for children under 3 is for free. The Berlin TV Tower offers a special VIP ticket (€18.50 for adults and €10.50 for children) . In either case, it is recommended to book the tickets of VIP tickets ahead of time to avoid queuing.
The Berlin TV Tower is best available by bus, tram or metro. By bus, take buses no. M48, 100, 200, 248, N5 or N8. By underground, use the line U2, U5 or U8. If you decide to take a tram, use no. M4, M5 or M6. The Berlin TV Tower is accessible by car, too as there are several car parks nearby. You can find the car park maps on the official TV tower website (Parkhaus „Rathauspassagen“ Grunerstraße, Parkplatz Otto-Braun-Straße a Parkhaus „Alexa“ Alexanderstraße) .