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Berliner Fernsehturm Description
The Fernsehturm is actually just a big television tower in the capital city of Germany, Berlin.
It is located near Alexanderplatz in Mitte, and it administrators of the German Democratic Republic commissioned it between 1965 and 1969. It was meant to serve as a symbol of Berlin, and it is still one today. It is very visible throughout suburban and central districts of Berlin. It has a height of nearly 370 meters, and it is the tallest structure in Germany.
The tower has since come to be known as one of the most important symbols of the country, and it is frequently seen in film shots to help establish Berlin as the location. Because of its location near Alexanderplatz, the tower is sometimes called Alex Tower.
Berlin TV Tower Architecture
The Tower Was A Shared Production
Anyone who looks at the TV Tower will be reminded of the 1960s. You will notice how the design of the tower brings to mind new technology and space travel. The TV Tower almost looks like a space rocket.
Hermann Henselmann created the original designer of the tall, slender, upward-looking tower. The sphere was meant to recall the Soviet Sputnik satellite, and it was supposed to gleam in a bright red color – the color of Soviet socialism.
The planning department changed the design, if only to get the construction going. One noted architect suggested gold for the color of the sphere.
There was a bit of debate, and some serious contention erupted, as to who the father of the tower was. Engineers and architects argued the point, and it seemed kind of odd. It was clear that the tower had many fathers. The tower was a shared production. The design of the tower has a startling and disarming elegance, a beautiful stark design set against the sky. It is also a tremendous feat of engineering.
How Was It Built?
There was only one method that would work to build the tower: the climbing formwork method. The steel framework inside grows a little bit faster than the shaft which is erected around the framework.
Installing the sphere at a height of almost 200 meters was a huge challenge for the engineers. They eventually chose single-shell construction. The steel framework of the sphere was first prefabricated on the ground. The individual segments were then raised up using cranes, and they were attached to the platform. The sphere was then suspended on the tie rods, which enhanced the look for the observer, that the sphere seems to be floating.
Berlin TV Tower Tourism
Do you want to see Berlin in a whole new way? Then, you should visit the Berlin TV Tower. It’s over 200 meters high, and you can see out over the whole city with its big number of tourist attractions: the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Museum Island, and the Olympic Stadium.
With more than one million visitors every year, the Berlin TV Tower is one of the most highly visited tourist attractions in Berlin. Since there are so many visitors each year, it is a good idea to book your tickets in advance.
If you do not want to stand in line at the ticket office to get your tickets, you can purchase them in the web shop. You can see the TV Tower without waiting at all if you buy a VIP ticket. You can choose for yourself what time and day you want to go to the TV Tower, and then you can purchase your personal VIP ticket for the dates you have selected. You won’t have to make a reservation at the restaurant, because your VIP ticket will guarantee you the next available seat at the restaurant. For people that want the experience of visiting the TV Tower whenever they want – and enjoying the full restaurant experience when they’re there – the VIP Ticket option is the ideal solution. All you have to do is talk to the staff at the entrance to the restaurant. They will find you the next available seat. The restaurant is air-conditioned, and it’s a great place to get a stellar view of the city of Berlin.
From March to October, the TV Tower is open daily from 9 AM to midnight.
From November to February, the TV Tower is open from 10 AM to midnight.
For a day sales ticket, the price is 13 € for adults and 8.50 € for children aged 4-16.
For a VIP ticket, the price is 23 € for adults and 15 € for children aged 4-16.
A Fast View ticket is 19.50 € for adults and 12 € for children aged 4-16.
An Early Bird ticket is 13 € for adults and 8.50 € for children aged 4-16.
Berliner Fernsehturm video guide
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