The Berlin television tower (Fernsehturm, TV Tower) is the tallest building in Germany. Built in 1969 by the GDR, the tower is near Alexanderplatz in Berlin Mitte is the city’s most visited tourist attraction alongside the Pergamon Museum. More than 1 million people visit the television tower every year, although a ride in an elevator costs at least 16.50 euros (as of early 2020).
Beware of waiting times: There are 2 elevators to the TV-Tower. During the season or on weekends, the capacity is often not sufficient, which results in hours of waiting time. However, you can buy more tickets without queuing for a few euros more on the Internet beforehand (so-called Fast Track Tickets or Skip-the-Line-Tickets). Then you are quickly on top without much waiting times. More about this below under tickets TV-Tower Berlin.
Despite the high entrance fees, the trip to the TV Tower is worthwhile. With 368 meters including the antenna, the entire building is the highest building in Germany. The sphere with viewing platform and restaurant is at a height of about 200 to 210 meters. You can see the whole city from the centre of Berlin in all directions.
Admission Prices Television Tower Berlin 2020
The ticket at the foot of the TV tower at the cash desk is the cheapest ticket. There the tickets cost 16.50 euros for adults, children from 4 years 9.50 euros, smaller children do not have to pay anything,
However, you often have to wait in line for hours. One of the elevator operators told us that the waiting time is sometimes up to 8 hours! You can buy more tickets for the Berlin TV tower on the Internet for a few euros: On this link you can find the tickets
These online tickets cost a few euros more, but you hardly have to queue for them. There are two entrances at the bottom of the Fernsehturm Berlin. One is for the entrance for visitors with online tickets (Fast View) and the other with the long queue for people without tickets.
For most tourists it is worth buying the Berlin Welcome Card. On the one
Opening Hours Television Tower Berlin 2020
The elevators take visitors up the Fernsehturm and down every day from 9 a.m. to midnight. In winter the opening hours are one hour shorter (10 a.m. to midnight, November to February). Despite the long opening hours there are often enormous queues.
Ride with the elevator to the Berlin television tower and view
Once you finally have a ticket, have passed the security check and are in the elevator, it suddenly happens very quickly. In far less than a minute you are 203 meters up. You can walk all around and look through 60 windows in all directions. You can’t go outside.
The descriptions at the windows in super done and exemplary. Under each of the 60 windows, which are arranged in a circle, there is a photo map with the section you see by the respective window. In the map the important places of interest are entered with numbers. Beside the photo map these sights are described with picture and text more exactly. A total of 240 important things in Berlin like houses, airfields etc. are described. The whole thing is in 4 different languages (German, English, French and Spanish). Really great done, in our opinion you can’t do such a thing better.
You can stay up as long as you want. There is a toilet and a bar upstairs. Coffee, small beer or cola cost about 3 Euro, there are also small dishes in the bar.
Restaurant in the Berlin television tower
One floor or 4 metres above the viewing platform, there is a restaurant in the Berlin television tower at a height of 207 metres, which rotates in a circle. As far as we know, a circumnavigation takes about 15 minutes.
Also the restaurant in the Fernsehturm is very popular, you should book this also in the Internet before. It is a good restaurant with great food.
You can only go up the stairs from the viewing platform to the restaurant if you have reserved a table. So the restaurant can only be visited by reservation.
In the internet there are 4 different tickets for the restaurant on the Berlin TV tower:
After visiting the Fernsehturm Berlin, you can go downstairs through a souvenir shop with clothes, postcards, etc.
Conclusion: Is it worth visiting the Fernsehturm?
We liked it very much. The ride with the elevator in far less than 1 minute in 200 meters height is great. The view over Berlin is breathtaking. We especially liked the description of the sights under the windows.
Of course the thing is quite expensive with more than 20 Euro. You should buy the tickets for the TV Tower Berlin absolutely before in the Internet, several hours queue around about 7 euro to save is not worthwhile. >>> Here you can buy the tickets