Berliner Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower)

Berliner Fernsehturm TV Tower
Berliner Fernsehturm TV Tower

You will not enjoy better views of Berlin than those from the observation deck or restaurant on top of the Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower) Tower. Built in the 1960s by the German Democratic Republic (Berlin was still divided at this time), the tower is a marvel of engineering and design skills

When first built, the television broadcasting tower aimed to emphasize the strength of the then socialist system in East Germany. The sphere was designed to mimic the look of the Soviet Sputnik Satellites.

Today this tower is one of the city's, even the country's, most recognizable landmarks available for everyone to enjoy. Although there was even some discussion about demolition after reunification in 1990 the new operator invested in upgrades to the broadcasting infrastructure other renovations. With the help of these improvements, the tower as morphed from a symbol of political strength to a symbol of reunification.

Including the antenna structure on top of the sphere, the Fernsehturm Tower reaches a height of 368 metres ranking it as the 4th tallest free standing structure in Europe.

From the observation platform 203 meters above the streets below, you will enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of Berlin. Just above the observation deck you can enjoy fine dining in the restaurant which revolves twice every hour. Speedy elevators whisk visitors to the top in just 40 seconds.

The Fernsehturm Tower is open 365 days a year. Being one of Germany's top ten attractions, it welcomes more than one million visitors annually, so it can be busy. The number of visitors at any one time is limited so, to make you visit more enjoyable, consider purchasing a Fast track tick from the official website. That way, you can avoid the queue.

The Tower is easy to access on public transportation with the main entrance being located directly across from Alexanderplatz S-Bahn train station.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 247575875

Official Website: Berliner Fernsehturm


Rated 4.4 out of 5Berliner Fernsehturm Star Rating

4 Star Rating Iconic place in Berlin, a must-see if you're around. Without thinking about the iconic status, the price could be a bit better, it's 25€ for the most basic ticket. Booking online is highly recommended because the lines can get long and they have time slots. When entering the building you're presented with a large area with some stairs that goes into the elevators and some plaques explaining the history of this tower, construction and purpose. The lifts are very quick (you feel it in your ears) and take roughly 8-10 people at the time and there's 2 of them. Basically the waiting time to board them is quite short but always dependent on how many people are in line. Once you arrive at the top you're greeted with stunning 360 ° views of the city and because you're way up there, you'll see past the city as well. In every window there's a plaque with photos detailing what you're seeing with a brief explanation of each landmark/building. There's also a restaurant one floor above and a bar which are great additions to this place. Highly recommend!
Samuel Vaz - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Amazing views from this iconic structure. A fast lift carries you to the viewing deck, with window on top of the lift to see the rate of ascent! Views guided by an informative series of pictures mapping out key locations and buildings. Bar area is part of the viewing gallery. The sky restaurant is the level above. Tickets can be bought in advance or from a machine at the entrance, with an entry time linked to the ticket number. Queue for the lift to get up and down did take a while but there was no pressure to rush once up there, and you could take as long as you wanted to enjoy the view.
Adam Glover - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Amazing view, we happened on a clear sunny day and the view was spectacular. Expensive, but worth it. Plenty of signs explaining the landmarks you can see from the window. We booked tickets online, so it was as easy as scanning the barcode from our phone to get in.
Stephen Claxton - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating We bought the tickets online the night before. Best to buy the ticket advance or very early in the morning. We bought the package for breakfast for 35€ but for us the breakfast wasn't really worth it. The line goes fast, no long wait even if you buy the ticket the same day. Buy online or at the counter or a machine outside the building. Only in the restaurant, Inside the floor rotates slowly.
Bryan Rubi - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating You can buy tickets online for a specific time (needs to be in advance) or from a vending machine next to the entrance. The entrance is located from the side of the Alexandre Platz or the railway. There was an hour wait before it was our turn after purchasing the tickets. Tickets were 20 EUR each and worth it. There is a small gift shop inside. The elevator is fast but but unpleasant, it's just fine. You can also see the elevator shaft above you. The view from the top is perfect since Berlin is mostly flat. You should go when the sky is clear.
Roman Dostál - 12 days ago

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How to get to Berliner Fernsehturm by U-Bahn, S-Bahn

Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Line(s): S5, S7, S75, U2, U5, U8, M2, M4 ,M5, M6
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Station(s): Alexanderplatz

Berliner Fernsehturm is located just southwest of the train stations in the major transportation hub of Alexanderplatz.

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