Visit to the Berlin TV Tower: timetables, prices and tips

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With its 368 meters, its futuristic architecture and the extraordinary skyline that can be admired inside is undoubtedly one of the most targeted attractions in Berlin. We're talking about TV Tower which stands proud and imposing at Alexanderplatz, practically in the center of then East Berlin. The tower is the tallest in the German nation and the fourth tallest building in Europe.

Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. Where is it and how to get there
  4. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  5. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  6. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

The Berlin TV Tower it is open practically all year round (apart from two specific dates, April 16 and November 12, designated days for the maintenance of the tower) and it also has a restaurant (the price of which for a meal is, of course, to be considered a separate rate).
As with almost all attractions, it is possible to book in advance your ticket (highly recommended choice, to avoid delays at the entrance) - book online



  • from March to October 09: 00-00: 00 (with last ascent at 23:30 and last entrance to the restaurant at 23:00); from November to February 10: 00-00: 00 (with last ascent at 23:30 and last entrance to the restaurant at 23:00)
  • Full ticket: without presale, € 14,00. The ticket with the "skip the line" option starts at € 23,00 - buy online
  • Reductions: 20% for students (with identification document); € 9,50 children over 4 years
  • Free entry: children under 4

Online tickets and guided tours

  • Berlin: skip the line for the TV Tower
  • Skip-the-line ticket
  • VIP entrance and breakfast included

Where is it and how to get there

From the center of Berlin, it can be quite challenging (and quite long!) To reach the TV Tower on foot; on the contrary, by public transport or taxi it is possible to reach the attraction in a short time.



  • On foot: moving northwest on Puschkinallee, you reach the tower in just over an hour (recommended for walkers) - Get directions
  • By bus: Buses 100, 200, M48, N5 and TXL connect the city to the TV Tower
  • By metro: board the S9 bus from S Treptower Park (Berlin) to the Alexanderplatz stop; walk for about a minute - Get directions

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

To fully enjoy the visit inside the exceptional TV Tower it is essential to respect some simple, albeit strict, rules. The regulations proposed by the staff of the attraction are necessary to ensure the safety of staff and visitors inside. It is also important to remember that the particular shape of the tower, unfortunately, makes it difficult access for visitors with reduced mobility.

  1. Get up early: the ideal is to reach the tower at least 15 minutes before opening, to safely complete the mandatory security checks to access the attraction
  2. Buy the city card: the Berlin Welcome Card allows you to access various attractions at very low prices, among these there is also the TV Tower
  3. Priority ticket: the purchase of a priority entrance ticket is particularly recommended - buy online
  4. Watch out for restrictions: the strict security controls prohibit the access of food and drinks, wheelchairs, trolleys, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, animals (except for guide dogs for the blind), and of course weapons and dangerous objects
  5. Recommended time: dedicate at least 3 hours to visit the tower
  6. Keep your ticket: it is essential to exit the attraction

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

It is one of the symbolic buildings of the city, whose history is linked to the ancient division of the German metropolis into two parts (East and West Berlin), to curious anecdotes, to "anathemas", even. The TV Tower was built between 1965 and 1969, with the clear intention of symbolizing the power of the GDR, the Socialist Party that administered the eastern area of ​​the German nation.
A curiosity related to the TV Tower links the Church to the construction of this attraction. On sunny days, the light on the sphere generates the projection, on the steel surface, of a gigantic cross: the "legend" wants this unusual shadow to be a sort of "divine revenge" (the Berliners call it Rache des Papstes, " the Pope's revenge ") against the socialists, guilty of having ordered the removal of crucifixes from churches.

Today the TV Tower attracts thousands of German and non-German tourists, thanks to the fabulous views it offers, especially starting from the th floor. On the 207 floormoreover, it is possible to have a lunch (or dinner) like a king in the characteristic panoramic restaurant, which rotates 360 ° every half hour: a more unique than rare experience, which obviously has its price but which is worth trying, at least once in a lifetime (book the priority entrance with panoramic dinner here).
Reach it in seconds, thanks to very fast elevators that connect the various floors of the tower.




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