One good thing about living in Berlin is that you will never run out of things to do. There are already more than 170 museums to visit in the city, let alone the boat rides, festivals, restaurants and club nights (among many other things) available to enjoy. Therefore, I have learned that it is essential to get your priorities straight when deciding what to do and when.
My initial plan was that the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) would be something I would visit just before leaving Berlin for good, and only to say that I had been there. But, when my sister visited a few weeks ago, she really wanted to go so I decided to go along just because I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible.
We bought our tickets online and choose the ‘Fast View’ option which allowed us to pick the time we wanted to visit, as well as skip any queues. This option cost €19.50. It is possible to just walk up to the door and pay a cheaper entry of €13.50, but this could mean a waiting time of 3 hours or more. There is also the option of booking the ‘Early Bird’ (before 9:00am) or ‘Late Night’ (after 9:30pm) tickets online for €13.50. I would recommend booking these options a few weeks in advance as there are limited spaces and they sell out fast.
Entering the TV Tower is nothing really special but I thought I would include a few snaps anyway:
An understanding of the sheer size of the building sinks in once you enter the lift. It takes 40 seconds to reach 203 metres and the journey up can be viewed via the glass ceiling of the lift. It went so high my ears even popped!
The view from the top is most certainly worth the money and is something I have never experienced before. It was truly amazing to see Berlin on such vast a scale, to see buildings I once thought as huge to look completely minuscule. Some of the other main attractions of the city could be clearly seen and were as beautiful 203 metres in the air as they were on the ground. Information is provided right around the tower so it is easy to pinpoint exactly what you are looking at.
There is a bar in the tower which serves drinks and snacks which wasn’t as expensive as I was expecting. As your time in the tower is not limited, it is possible to sit and enjoy the view with a drink.
Overall, I truly and most unexpectedly enjoy my time in the TV Tower. If it is something you have been hesitant about visiting while in Berlin, I recommend biting the bullet and going for it.