Alexanderplatz TV tower is Berlin’s most popular landmark and the tallest building in Germany. Its a sphere from steel with visitors platform including stores and restaurants.
You should already know that the Berlin’s Fernsehturm (TV Tower) is 365m high and the tallest building in Berlin. That’s why it can be seen from almost every corner of the city. As urban legends say the tower’s height was a deliberate decision taken by Walter Ulbricht, Leader of the SED, so that every child would be able to remember it. 365m just like the days of the year.
The construction for the GDR transmitter started in the 1950s and the tower was builded between 1965 and 1969. It was intended as the tallest tower in Europe second only to Moscow’s own TV tower. It was built by East German architects Fritz Dieter, Günter Franke and Werner Ahrendt.
Berlin TV Tower is the only city TV tower in Europe
A separate TV broadcasting system for East Berlin was a necessity during the years of division and the fact that it was built right in the middle of the city was Ulbricht’s original vision. It remains the only city TV tower in Europe. An extremely popular sight for tourists and Berliners alike, it currently receives over 1 million visitors a year. The lift reaches an altitude of 200m in 40 seconds; the observation deck is at a height of 203m and the Telecafé at 207m. The Telecafé, designed with an outer ring of revolving tables, serves coffee, snacks and reasonably priced meals while revolving once around its axis every 30 minutes. On a bright day, this is the way to take in Berlin and surrounding Brandenburg from an eagle-eyed view.
The tower consists of a 250m concrete shaft with a red and white striped steel mast. A 3m tip was replaced in 1997 and the sphere consists of seven floors on the inside, all of which are open to visitors. The sphere’s surface consists of 140 stainless steel segments.
The tower’s second legend is that although it was intended to demonstrate technological advance it was doomed to an ironic fate. To the embarrassment of GDR authorities – the steel sphere below the antenna produced the reflection of a giant cross. Hence the popular joke, not appreciated by the SED government, that this was the Popes’s revenge on the secular socialist State for having removed crucifixes from churches.
Berlin TV Tower was transformed into a magenta coloured football in 2006
The giant sphere’s greatest moment of glory was unquestionably in June 2006. During the World Cup Football Championships it was transformed into a giant silver and magenta coloured football. It became the perfect symbol of the world football event.
Berlin TV Tower is part of a building ensemble at Alexanderplatz
Around the base of the tower is an exhibition centre and a restaurant building in an ensemble which includes the Neptune fountain, once situated on the palace square. It had been a gift to the Emperor from the city of Berlin. The cascades are representations of four German rivers: the Rhine, Elbe, Oder and Weichsel.
Berlin TV Tower Information:
|Phone:||+49 (0)30 24 75 75 875|
|Opening Hours:||March to October: daily from 9 to midnight
November to February: daily from 10 to midnight
|Admission Fee:||13 Euro, children from 4 to 16 years 8.50 Euro, under 4 years free
VIP ticket (no waiting time) 23 Euro, children from 4 to 16 years 15 Euro
|Architects:||Hermann Henselmann, Jörg Streitparth, Fritz Dieter, Günter Franke, Werner Ahrendt|
- Connections to Alexanderplatz TV Tower:
- With Train (S-Bahn)
S5 / S7 /S75
With Underground Train (U-Bahn)
100 / 200 /M48 / N5 / TXL
100 / 200 / M48 / N2 / N42 / N5 / TXL
100 / 200 / M48 / N2 / N40 / N42 / N5 / N65 / N8 / TXL
M4 / M5 / M6
M4 / M5 / M6
With Regional Train
RB14 / RB24 / RE1 / RE2 / RE7