TV Tower

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

Ber­lin’s most iconic build­ing, the on Alexan­der­platz, was built by the GDR in the 1960s with the dou­ble pur­pose of trans­mit­ting tele­vi­sion sig­nals and demon­strat­ing the strength and ef­fi­ciency of the so­cial­ist sys­tem. Its rocket-like struc­ture showed the East Ger­man gov­ern­ment’s en­thu­si­asm for tech­nol­ogy and space, and the sphere was de­signed to re­sem­ble the Soviet Sput­nik satel­lite. Stand­ing 368 me­ters tall, it is the tallest build­ing in Ger­many, and with a 40-sec­ond el­e­va­tor ride, you can reach the ob­ser­va­tion deck and Bar 203, serv­ing drinks and snacks. Restau­rant Sphere is on the next floor at 207 me­ters, serv­ing tra­di­tional Ber­lin cui­sine and in­ter­na­tional dishes. Mak­ing a full turn ev­ery hour, you are guar­an­teed a spec­tac­u­lar 360- de­gree sight­see­ing tour at ev­ery ta­ble, but you’ll need to re­serve in ad­vance. Alexan­der­platz. T: 030 247575875. www.tv-turm.de

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