What is the Berlin TV Tower?The Berlin TV Tower was built in 1969 by the government of the GDR (East Germany) and was intended to be a symbol of Communist power visible throughout the whole of Berlin. Of course, it was also designed to be a functioning TV broadcast tower. After reunification, there were calls to demolish the tower, but in the end, it was taken over by Deutsche Telekom, who overhauled the facilities and still use it to broadcast programmes today. Locals have several nicknames for the tower, including Zahnstocher (toothpick) and Telespargel (TV-asparagus), because of its distinctive shape.
What’s the best time of day to visit the tower?For the best experience, book a ticket just before sunset and enjoy the sight of Berlin bathed in different colors of light. If you’re not so worried about the sunset, but prefer to visit when the tower’s less crowded, then it’s recommended to visit either first thing in the morning or late in the evening. The tower closes at midnight, so it’s also a nice spot for a late-night drink if you’re looking for a special experience.
Do I need a guided tour?Not really. There are plenty of signs telling you what you can see and a little bit about the history of the tower. Some walking tours may include tickets to the TV Tower, and those guides might accompany you to the top as part of their tour, but there is no official guided tour of the tower.
Can I decide to visit the restaurant on the day?You can definitely try! Especially if you visit before lunchtime, or if the weather’s particularly bad, you might find that seats are still available. If you already know you want to eat in the tower’s restaurant, or you’re desperate for a window seat, we recommend booking a ticket that includes a reservation. If you don’t manage to get a seat in the restaurant, then there’s a small bar on the observation deck selling drinks and small snacks.