Berlin TV Tower History
Construction began on the TV Tower in 1965, and was completed in 1969. It was intended to be a symbol of East German power as well as having the practical function of broadcasting television pictures across the city and beyond. The tower was named a national monument in 1979, and after the German reunification in 1990, it became one of the most visited structures in the whole city.
What to See
If you have to wait to ascend the tower, take time to check out the information about the world's other tall towers and buildings in the foyer area. When you enter the lift, look up – there's a glass ceiling and you can watch the lift zooming up the interior of the tower. The viewing platform of the TV tower has windows all the way round, allowing 360 degree views over the city and far beyond. Look west over the Brandenburg Gate to the Tiergarten Park and Charlottenburg Palace, or south towards the old Tempelhof airport which is now a public park. There are information boards all around the viewing platform giving information about important buildings and sites in English and in German.
Eating and Drinking at the TV Tower
Reservations aren't required for a drink at the bar, which is on the same level as the main viewing gallery. A short flight of stairs leads you 4m higher up, to the restaurant, where diners can eat while the entire restaurant revolves slowly, showing ever-changing views of Berlin. Visit during the day for breakfast or a set lunch, with fast track lift passes to the top of the tower included in the price. In the evenings, there's a full a la carte menu with a mix of German classics and international dishes. Booking in advance for the restaurant is a must, especially if you're keen to grab one of the window tables.