The loveliest view of the city opens up from the 366-meters-tall (1200-feet-tall) TV tower of Berlin, called Fernsehturm in German. The observation deck is located halfway up to the top, but that does not seem to bother many visitors who happily snap pictures, observe Berlin neigbourhoods and orient themselves in preparation for future tours of the city. The sea of red roofs and private courtyards with no apparent way in on the ground, the palm-sized Brandenburg Gates вЂ“ all this is worth almost 10 Euros that you will be asked to pay to go up in the elevator. Like every other respectable tourist tower, the Berlin tower has its own rotating restaurant with stunning views and sometimes less than stunning food.
The tower was constructed in 1969 with some help from Swedish architects. It was conceived as a symbol of triumph of German secular state, taken to the mild version of extreme: that was the time when atheistic DDR leaders were removing crosses from church domes and spires. However in any sunny day back then and today, when the sun shines on the glass sphere of the tower, there is a giant cross reflected on the glass вЂ“ вЂњthe PopeвЂ™s revengeвЂќ, as some refer to the phenomenon. The tower is also jokingly called вЂњTele-AsparagusвЂќ; some Berliners think if it were to fall over, it would make a good elevator to the West.