Fernsehturm: most remarkable landmark of Berlin
The Fernsehturm is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Berlin. The tallest building of Berlin was the pride and joy of the East German government when it was erected in 1969. You can easily understand why.
The cone with the large shining disco ball is hard to miss and when you are in the top of the Fernsehturm you will have the greatest view on Berlin. When the sun is shining and the clouds are all gone you can see a large part of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Tiergarten.
The popes revench on Fernsehturm
The GDR government was very proud of their new tv-tower when it started functioning in october 1969. Not that strange: even people who have never been to Berlin know the silhouette of the tv-tower. Soon after it was erected, it also got it’s two nicknames. The GDR-government was not too pleased when they found out. When the sun hits the tower a radiant cross appears on the Fernsehturm.
From now on, the Fernsehturm was called ‘the Popes revench’ or St. Walter, after Walter Ulbricht, the leader of the GDR-government. He and his government were very anti-religion. They tried covering up the shiny cross, but it didn’t work. It surely must have been the pope’s revench.