The Fernsehturm is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Berlin. Think of Berlin and you will think of the Fernsehturm. 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 discoball 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.
Popes revenge on the Fernsehturm
Soon after the large tv-tower 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 revenge’ 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 on the Fernsehturm, but it didn’t work. It surely must have been the pope’s revench.
Berlin has a lot of landmarks to sightsee. Think of Berlin, and you think of the Fernsehturm, the Brandenburger Tor and the Bundestag (former Reichstag). Here you can find the best known landmarks for a short visit to Berlin. If you have more time to check out vibrant Berlin, don’t miss out Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain , other spots in Mitte, or alternative Berlin.
Read here where you can find the best cultural spots, where the best Berlin bars and restaurants are, the best Berlin shops and where you can still find the remains and best stories of the Berlin Wall.
The Brandenburger Tor became the symbol of reunited Germany and Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Between 1961-1989 the Berlin Wall surrounded the Brandenburger Tor. East Berlin was on one side, on the other end West Berlin. It was quite a tragic turn in history, because the Brandenburger Tor had been the representation of triumph.
The Bundestag is the stage where democracy failed poorly and rose out of it’s ashes again, after the Cold War. When the Bundestag was built in 1894, democracy was on the verge of collapse. No one knew how to govern the country because there was hardly any experience with governing Germany. Now you can see where the German government is during a free tour.
Potsdamer Platz was the place to be before World War Two. The square was one of the main traffic hotspots of Europe. But during World War Two it was bombed to pieces and ended up in noman’s land. The Berlin Wall ran straight through this area. When the Berlin Wall fell, this area became Berlin’s pride and joy with the architecture of the Sony Center and Deutsche Bahn.