A bird’s-eye view of Berlin

See Berlin from three of its top vantage points.

There are a number of ways to see Berlin - whether on foot, by bicycle, on a hop-on hop-off bus or even on a leisurely cruise down the beautiful River Spree. Andrea Hendrikx visited recently and investigated three ways to see this beautiful city from on high. 

Reichstag Building entry free

Height to the Observation Deck in the Dome - 59 metres

The Reichstag was built in 1894 but suffered extensive fire damage under suspicious circumstances during the Third Reich in 1933. It fell into disrepair until it was fully restored after the reunification in 1999. If the design looks familiar to anyone who has visited London, it is because it was designed by the same architect who is responsible for designing the building at 30 St Mary Axe, known affectionately by the locals as The Gherkin. Visits to the Reichstag are timed with entry every 15 minutes. The building is open daily from 8am to midnight and gives 360 degree views over the Berlin cityscape with its forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.

To avoid waiting in line (for up to two hours, as I did) you can book your visit online at www.visite.bindestag.de

The Victory Column entry 3

Height - 66.89 metres

Originally situated in front of the Reichstag Building, the Victory Column was moved to its current position beside Berlin's largest park, the Tiergarten in 1939. It was to form part of Hitler's vision for Berlin to be the World Capital of Germany following a victorious conclusion of the Second World War. As history played out, this was not to be. Opening hours are 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (April – October), and 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (November – March) and if you feel fit enough to climb the 285 steps you will be rewarded with great views down to the Brandenburg Gate and over the Tiergarten. If you are limited by your mobility, there is a viewing platform halfway up the column.

The Fernsehturm TV Tower entry 13

Height - 368 metres, from the observation deck - 203 metres

Built in the sixties, the TV tower is a landmark of the Berlin skyline. Situated directly opposite the Alexanderplatz train station, it is close to many of Berlin's attractions - the Reichstag, Museum Island and the Berlin Cathedral. With its panoramic views from over 200 metres up, the TV Tower is a great place to get your bearings before you start your sightseeing tour of Berlin. The tower features plaques at every viewpoint which offer a brief description of the sights and landmarks you are seeing.

Like the Reichstag, entry is timed so to avoid queuing you can pre-book your visit at www.tv-turm.de

Have you visited Berlin and enjoyed a bird’s-eye view from one of these (or another) vantage points? Which would you recommend?


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    12th Jul 2014
    Going to Berlin next year. Have rellies there. There are more things worth seeing in Berlin than a couple of viewing towers so maybe a bit more research needs to go into this article. Will let you know when we get back if you wish.
    Oh, bye the way: the seniors travel insurance you are plugging above is not necessary if you have a PLATINUM CREDIT CARD. These have insurance which come with the card (as long as you pay for your flights on the card). I read the PDF and it appears to cover everything that insurance companies offer and it is underwritten by QBE. So maybe save yourself a packet.....but check if you have pre existing conditions as well as read the PDF to make sure that there are no outs. At any rate you have to do this for any travel insurance you take to not be caught out. You know how insurance companies work!
    19th Jul 2014
    Best way to see Berlin is a bike tour which myself and partner did ,marvelous learned so much .IE Didn't know that a children's playground was built on top where Hitlers Bunker used to be

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