Originally built as an antenna for the East German television network, the television tower is one of Berlin’s most iconic sights. The Berliners find comfort in his peaceful and controlled gaze: wherever you go in the city, from a corner or behind a building, you’ll be sure to see his unmistakable silhouette appears.
The television tower is iconic and defines the silhouette of the city
Close to Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district, the tower was constructed between 1965-69 by the government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It was intended to be both a symbol of Communist power and of Berlin. It remains the latter today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin.
After the fall of the wall and the reunification of East and West Berlin, “Telespargel” soon became a symbol of the city. Two factors are the basis of its popularity: on the one hand, the grandeur of the structure (365 meters of height), on the other the fact of being in a historically important square which has always been Alexanderplatz, so called in 1805 in honor of the tsar of Russia Alexander I.
Today the Berlin television tower (also easily called the TV tower) is one of the main attractions of Berlin. At 203 meters high there is a platform (accessible by elevator) that on clear days offers a magnificent skyline, not to say the presence of an exclusive restaurant (the “Sphere” restaurant) that every 30 minutes rotates its axis making a ride complete on himself.
Today the Berlin television tower defines the silhouette of Germany’s capital city and it became a symbol of the reunified Germany, just like the Brandenburg Gate. And if you are going to live in Berlin, you’ll learn to understand that it will become a sweet partner of your life.
The Berlin TV Tower official website – https://tv-turm.de/en/homepage/
Fernsehturm Berlin from Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernsehturm_Berlin
Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm) Welcome Card – https://www.berlin-welcomecard.de/en/partner/berlin-television-tower-fernsehturm