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No one visiting Berlin could miss it: At 1207 ft (368 m) high, the Berlin TV Tower rises over the German capital as the highest building in Germany. By now, the historic radio tower at Alexanderplatz has become a tourist highlight – after all, it offers an incomparable view over Berlin, which can also be enjoyed during a dinner.

The rush for a visit to the Berlin TV Tower is accordingly large, so it is recommended to book tickets in advance.
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8 tips for visiting the Berlin TV Tower

Berlin TV Tower skyline | Unsplash: Christian Lue
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Enjoy the observation deckThe huge radio tower offers an incomparable view over the metropolis Berlin. After only 40 seconds in the elevator, you reach the observation deck at a height of 666.01 ft (203 m), where many Berlin sights from the Reichstag building to the Brandenburg Gate can be seen from a bird's eye view. Snacks are available on the same floor in a small bar.
Berlin TV Tower | Wiki Commons: Taxiarchos228
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Dinner in lofty heightsA dinner in the rotating restaurant Sphere, which offers a 360° panorama over Berlin, is one of the tower’s highlights. The restaurant takes half an hour for a full rotation. You might get spontaneous seats during bad weather or in the early morning hours. However, if you already know that you want to visit the Berlin TV Tower and have dinner there, we recommend a booking with table reservation in advance.
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Choose the right time of dayThe sunset is particularly stunning, since it envelopes the Berlin panorama with breathtaking colors. In the morning or late evening, the tower is much less crowded, so during those times there’s less hustle and bustle to enjoy the view even better. Decide in advance what time and preferences make the most sense for you. There are only 400 people allowed at a time, so overcrowding cannot occur at any time of day.
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Avoid queuesDepending on the weather and time of day, there may be queues at the Berlin TV Tower. However, guests with Fast View Lane tickets or restaurant tickets are allowed to enter the attraction without queuing.
Berlin TV Tower | Unsplash: Wouter de Koster
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Virtual Reality in the Berlin TV TowerThe Berlin TV Tower is no old-fashioned GDR relic, but presents itself quite modern with new virtual reality attractions. Digital glasses transport guests on a virtual tour of historic Berlin and its most important historical sights since the Middle Ages.
Berlin TV Tower at night | Wiki Commons: Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0
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Festival of LightsEvery fall, the Berlin TV Tower is part of the so-called Festival of Lights, which gives many iconic Berlin buildings a colorful light facade. During the Festival of Lights, the tower is not only illuminated, but also offers the perfect opportunity to discover the other light installations across the skyline on the observation deck.
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Augmented Reality in the Berlin TV TowerThose who find virtual reality a bit too abstract may find interest in augmented reality. By loading the so-called Magnicity app via iOS or Android, interactive data and facts about the locations in the skyline can be obtained during the view of Berlin. A preview of the view can be found here.
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Paying attention in the elevatorA little nostalgia awaits all those who grew up with German television. During the elevator ride, none other than Klaus-Dieter Klebsch explains the most important facts about the tower. His name is probably only known to a few people, but his voice is all the more familiar to Germans. The veteran dubbing artist has brought a number of U.S. stars like Alec Baldwin and famous TV characters like Dr. House into German television with his unmistakably deep dubbing voice.
Berlin TV Tower in the dark | Unsplash: Wouter de Koster

Berlin TV Tower facts

The iconic Berlin TV Tower at Alexanderplatz is as much a part of the image of the German metropolis as the Brandenburg Gate or Reichstag.

Nothing in Berlin is higher

With its 1,207.35 ft (368 m) height, the Berlin TV Tower is the tallest building in Germany and the fifth tallest TV tower in Europe - so a visit is only recommended for those who are not afraid of heights. The observation deck is located at a height of 666 ft (203 m). In local parlance, the giant tower is also called toothpick or telesparagus.

Origins in the dictatorship

Today, the television tower stands symbolically for the entire metropolis of Berlin. However, this was not always the case. When construction of the tower was completed in 1969, it was located in East Berlin of the Cold War. There, the GDR dictatorship erected it as a symbol of technical progress.

Redesign for a united Germany

After the reunification of Germany, voices were raised in favor of tearing down the Berlin TV tower. However, Deutsche Telekom took it over, gave it a general overhaul and still uses it for broadcasting today.

Iconic tower basket

The tower basket with 104 ft (32 m) in diameter and centered at a height of approximately 698 ft (213 m), resembles a diamond surface due to its design. The GDR had to order the stainless steel for the outer cladding from West Germany and kept this secret because the West was commonly dubbed the class enemy.

The radio tower in film and television

In many films set in the German capital, the all-surpassing TV tower is naturally a frequent sight. In 2007, however, the Berlin TV tower also served as the most important backdrop in the German disaster film 'Das Inferno - Flammen über Berlin'. There, the huge building catches fire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Berlin TV Tower accessible to disabled people?

Unfortunately, the architecture of the Berlin TV Tower does not allow people in wheelchairs. Read more.

Can I take my luggage into the TV tower?

Bags will be checked. Those wishing to visit the revolving restaurant are asked to leave items in the entrance area. It is recommended that larger pieces of luggage use the lockers at Alexanderplatz station. Read more.

Is there internet in the tower?

Free Wi-Fi is available in the entrance area, on the observation deck and in the restaurant. Read more.

Can I cancel my ticket?

Only the Fast View Ticket Flex includes a cancellation option, other tickets cannot be cancelled or exchanged. Read more.

Are there stairs as well?

Guests must use the elevator, stairs are accessible only to staff. Read more.

Can I enter the tower with a stroller?

Unfortunately, strollers are not allowed, but can be left at the entrance. Read more.

Berlin's highest observation decks

Photo
Building
Total height
Height of observation deck
Open since
Berlin
Berlin TV TowerBerlin | Germany
368m#1 in Berlin#1 in Germany#31 worldwide
203m#1 in Berlin#3 in Germany#64 worldwide
1969
Berliner FunkturmBerlin | Germany
147m#2 in Berlin#8 in Germany#78 worldwide
121m#7 in Germany#74 worldwide
1926
Germany
Thyssenkrupp TestturmRottweil | Germany
246m#4 in Germany#69 worldwide
232m#1 in Germany#56 worldwide
2017
worldwide
Burj KhalifaDubai | UAE
828m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
585m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
2010
Empire State BuildingNew York | USA
443m#3 in USA#17 worldwide
373m#3 in USA#14 worldwide
1931
Eiffel TowerParis | France
324m#1 in France#42 worldwide
276m#1 in France#36 worldwide
1889
Berlin TV Tower is number 1 in Berlin and number 64 on the worldwide list of the tallest buildings with an observation deck.

General information

opening hours

The Berlin TV Tower is open daily, from March to October from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. From November to February the tower opens at 10:00 and closes at 11:00 pm.

address

TV-Turm
Panoramastraße 1A
D-10178 Berlin

tickets

Tickets for the observation deck cost €22.50 for adults and €12.50 for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Children under the age of 4 are admitted free of charge. If you don't want to wait in lines, you can buy a Fast View Ticket Flex for €26 (or €16 for children). The Berlin TV Tower usually offers various special tickets that combine a visit to the observation deck with the virtual reality attraction and a visit to the bar. A ticket for the full Tower Experience Deluxe costs €39.50.

how to get there

The entrance to the tower can be found opposite the Gontardstraße exit of Alexanderplatz station. The station can be reached via bus (TXL, M48, 100, 200, 248, N5, and N8), S-Bahn (S5, S7, and S75), U-Bahn (U2, U5, and U8), tram (M4, M5, M6, and M2), and regional trains (RE1, RE2, RE7, and RB14).
Klaus Kainz
Written byKlaus KainzAs a studied historian, Klaus is not only interested in historical sights, but also in their fascinating backgrounds. For TicketLens, he gets to the heart of the most interesting information about attractions and travel destinations.
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