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Opening hours

March to October - 9 am to midnight daily

November to February - 10 am to midnight daily

Restaurant open 10 am to 11 pm, kitchen closes at 10.30 pm

Last ascent at 11.30 pm

2 days closure per year for maintenance, usually at the beginning of December

How to get there

Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin

You'll have no problems spotting the TV tower as its height guarantees that it is visible even from a long distance. The TV Tower's entrance is just off Alexanderplatz. Local S-bahn trainlines S3, S5, S7 and S9 call at the station. There is also an underground U-bahn station, served by the U2, U5 and U8 lines. If you are driving into Berlin, use the large car park at the Alexa shopping centre.

FAQ

Will I need a head for heights?
There are no glass floors or open areas in the Berlin TV Tower, so even those who are nervous about heights can enjoy the experience and the spectacular views from the platform, 203m above Berlin's pavements.
Where do I get tickets??
The TV Tower ticket office is at ground level in the base of the tower. On arrival you'll be given a numbered ticket with a time slot. You may have to wait if you are visiting the tower at peak times. However, you are free to leave the tower and do something else in the meantime. Fast track tickets are also available.
Is there a limit on how long I can stay?
Once you're up in the viewing area, you are free to stay as long as you like, enjoying the views. If you're eating in the restaurant however, they may require the table back after a certain time.
How far can you see from the top?
On a clear day, it's possible to see as far as the Tropical Islands holiday resort, around 50 mi. away in the nearby Brandenburg countryside. Detailed information panels in both English and German help visitors identify locations on the ground and explain their history.
Can I use the stairs to go up and down the tower?
The only stairs in the tower are for emergency evacuations and are not to be used by the public. Only the two lifts which take you to the top of the tower in just 40 seconds are commonly used.

Must-know

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.

Nearby

Boat Tours
It's just a 5min walk from the TV tower, past the green dome of the Cathedral, to the river, where boat tours depart. Sit back, relax, and cruise along the River Spree on an hour long journey past all of the city's famous sights. Audioguides in many different languages are available. If you'd prefer to see the city all lit up at night, book one of the boats' dinner cruises.
Boat Tours
Boat Tours. marcovarro / Shutterstock.com
Museum Island
Museum Island is where you'll find Berlin's finest art galleries and museums. Make sure not to miss the mummies, hieroglyphs, Nefertiti bust, and Egyptian antiquities in the New Museum and the stunning tiled Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum. Art fans will enjoy the romantic and impressionist works at the Old National Gallery. The large lawns and garden areas on Museum Island are also a great place to relax and have an ice cream or a picnic lunch.
Museum Island
Museum Island
DDR Museum
The DDR Museum is right on the banks of the Spree, an interesting and quirkily designed museum showcasing life in former East Germany. Take a seat in a Trabant car and test your driving skills, rummage through the kitchen cupboards in a typical East Berlin 1970s flat, and find out all about the everyday lives of ordinary East Germans during the Cold War period.
DDR Museum
DDR Museum. Luisa Fumi / Shutterstock.com