Fernsehturm

Lonely Planet review

Germany's tallest structure, the 368m-high TV Tower is as iconic to Berlin as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Come early to beat the queue for the lift to the panorama level at 203m, where views are unbeatable on clear days. Pinpoint city landmarks from here or the upstairs cafe, which makes one revolution every 30 minutes. VIP ticket holders can jump the queue. Built in 1969, the tower was supposed to demonstrate the GDR's engineering prowess but ended up being a bit of a laughing stock when it turned out that, when hit by the sun, the steel sphere below the antenna produced the reflection of a giant cross. West Berliners gleefully dubbed the phenomenon ‘the Pope’s revenge’.