Why South Africans should take a visit at the Berlin TV Tower. A report from 200 meters height
(Editor: Ghassan Abid)
Berlin has been around for long time one of the most attractive international destinations. Increasingly more tourists from Africa, especially from Egypt and South Africa, explore Berlin. Likewise, the South African community in the UK is repeatedly in the German capital, who spot the city on the Spree river with relatives or friends. The Berlin TV Tower, in German „Berliner Fernsehturm“, at Alexanderplatz is a sightseeing must see. The editorial-staff of „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German Gateway to South Africa, looked at the highest publicly available building in Germany. A report from 200 meters height.
From the Berlin TV Tower you have an optimal view of the most important places in Berlin. Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Victory Column, Reichstag, the former Tempelhof Airport and Potsdamer Platz are within reach. In just 40 seconds, two high-speed elevators take guests 203 meters up to the viewing platform. In this way, 6 meters will be scored each second after the elevators have been modernized in 2014. Unfortunately, the tower is not barrier-free for structural reasons.
With a 360 degree view, it is possible for the visitor to overlook the entire city. You can even see Tegel airport with its take-off and landing aircraft which is located in the northern part of Berlin. Up to 70 kilometers you can see far, if the view is good and the weather plays along. One floor above the viewing platform is the revolving restaurant „Sphere“, where you can meet some international celebrities from politics, business and culture. With room for up to 200 guests, the 40 tables rotate twice or from 5 pm one time every hour, depending on the setting, by 360 degrees.
Dietmar Jeserich, spokesman of the operating company „TV Turm Alexanderplatz Gastronomiegesellschaft mbH“, explains that with over 1.2 million visitors per year and a daily average of around 3.500 people, including 40 percent international visitors from 90 countries of the world, the Berlin TV Tower is one of the top sightseeing destinations. What would be Berlin without the TV tower, considering that you can admire the tower from any angle of the city from afar, depending on your point of view. Whether from administrative district Spandau in the west, Pankow in the north or Köpenick in the east.
Asking spokesman Jeserich, why tourists from South Africa should take a look at the 368 meter building that opened in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) on October 3, 1969, he explains convincingly that guests are experiencing the highest city tour of Berlin from the Berlin TV Tower. Tourists from southern Africa should visit the TV tower, „because I can see and discover the city“. The numbers confirm the fascination emanating from the TV tower. At the end of 2018, almost 60 million guests viewed Berlin from above.
Admission for adults is currently 16.50 euros and for children aged 4 to 14 years 9.50 euros. With an SMS call service, says the spokesman, we will inform the individual visitor by text message about a personal admission time, since the admission capacities are limited similar to the Paris Eiffel Tower. This eliminates the annoying waiting time that you would expect in Paris. One more reason why tourists from South Africa should not miss this Berlin landmark. Because the visit over the rooftops of the city is well worth it.