Fernsehturm (TV Tower), Berlin

Fernsehturm (TV Tower), Berlin (must see)

A product of the same architectural school responsible for the World Clock ("Weltzeituhr") in front of the nearby Alexanderhaus, the TV Tower was erected in the 1960s and stands as an enduring symbol of Berlin. Dubbed "the toothpick" by locals, this towering structure soars to a height of 368 meters, making it a prominent landmark visible from much of the city, as well as some suburban districts.

For those relishing the prospect of ascending a city's highest point to capture envy-inducing photos, the TV Tower is an absolute must, as the views it offers are unique and can extend up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) on a clear day. If you have a mild fear of heights, fear not—the elevator whisks you to the top in a mere 40 seconds. You can also opt for a more adventurous ascent via 985 steps, bearing in mind that this ranks as the 4th tallest structure in Europe, surpassed only by Moscow's Ostankino Tower and the TV towers in Kiev and Riga.

Inside, enjoy the authentic Sputnik-era ambiance (complete with period-appropriate decor and finishes), explore the sphere to savor the vistas or ascend a flight of stairs to reach the restaurant. If you have specific dietary preferences, particularly as a vegetarian, it's advisable to peruse the menu on their website before making a reservation. The dining experience itself is quite lovely otherwise, comprising a starter, main course, and dessert, plus a glass of sparkling wine and two glasses of red or white wine, along with unlimited water. Moreover, the restaurant rotates slowly, affording you a comprehensive view of Berlin, making it an ideal setting for photography. A full rotation takes about half an hour, offering ample opportunity to capture the city from a bird's-eye perspective while sipping a coffee.

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Sight Name: Fernsehturm (TV Tower)
Sight Location: Berlin, Germany (See walking tours in Berlin)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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