Berliner Fernsehturm | Berlin TV Tower
Photo by Javier Larrea / agefotostock
Berliner Fernsehturm | Berlin TV TowerBy far the most recognizable landmark in the city's skyline, the TV tower is the tallest structure in Berlin, and in Western Europe as well. The 1,207-foot transmitter, built during the 1960s, was a source of pride for East Germany, though over time it has become synonymous with the New Berlin values of tolerance, creativity, and independence. The 656-foot observation platform—reached by a fast elevator—offers views of up to 50 miles on a clear day; it also has a slowly revolving restaurant, Sphere. Because the tower receives around a million visitors annually, it’s worth buying a Fast Track premium ticket online so that you can skip the lines. A shop in the tower's base sells posters, T-shirts, and other accoutrements featuring the iconic tower.