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Berlin Fernsehturm (TV Tower) - The toothpick.
The Fernsehturm is an impressive. It soars above the skyline of Berlin like a giant golf ball skewered on a concrete spike, topped with a red and white flashing lights. It was the pride of the old DDR east German regime and part of their attempt to show the west that they were better than them. It was designed to be an architectural political statement. There is a viewing platform, 200 meters up the 365 meter tower. The German words "fern" and "seh" literally mean far and see. Joined together they become "fernsehen",the german word for television. It is both a television tower, and a far seeing tower. You can see as far as 40 km on a clear day. It costs just under 10 euros to be rocketed up in the lifts that travel at 6 meters per second. Get there early as you might have a long wait. The views are excellent. The huge clear windows are angled down onto the city to give the greatest field of view possible. Do not use the café or rotating restaurant at the top of the tower. They are mediocre but very expensive. The tower is open 9.00 am - 1.00 am, from March until October, and then 10.00 am - midnight the rest of the year.
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