Berlin’s absolute retro-chic icon, the Fernsehturm is the unmistakable work of East German town planning and harks back to 1969. At 368-metres it’s still the highest building in Germany (70m higher than the Eiffel tower), and offers a handy reference point from many spots in central Berlin.
The views are spectacular, but will mean more to you if you already know the city a bit, so it’s worth waiting to the end of your trip to ascend – maybe even for a meal at its restaurant (see below). There can be quite a line at peak times, helping to justify the extra €6 for fast-track entry, bookable online.
Eating at a height of 207m above Berlin in its iconic TV tower has to count as an essential Berlin tourist experience. The restaurant occupies a whole deck of the building and rotates, so that after half an hour you’ll have seen the entire city from above. The menu tries to provide something for everyone and runs the gamut of international foods, with Indian, Chinese and Mexican dishes all on the menu alongside German favorites. But the latter are best, particularly when served with delicious red cabbage and as good value daily specials. Soups are good, too. Reservations are recommended at peak times and remember to allow time for the elevator ride up the tower – which costs extra.