10178 Berlin, Germany
tel: +49 (0)30 242 3333
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Mar-Oct: 9a-midnight, Nov-Feb: 10a-midnight
The Fernsehturm or TV tower, was built in 1965-69 as a mark of East German technological finesse. It stands at 368m and was aimed to prove Soviet advancement to the West Germans. The bland concrete tower is topped by a mirrored glass orb, which houses a cafe and is adorned with various satellites and antennas. The huge DDR disco ball caused some disappointment to the secular communists as when it is hit by the sun reflects a huge cross shaped light off its mirrored surface, that can be seen across the city centre. The tower acts as a central orientation point and will help guide you around the city.