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Today we are aiming high in Berlin! Many times we have explored the capital with solid ground beneath our feet. This will change today. Let´s have a look at the city´s highest spots!
Let´s start at the very top and revisit the Berlin TV tower at square Alexanderplatz. With 368 meters of height it is not only Berlin´s tallest building, but the tallest one in all of Germany. Opened in 1969 the tower has kept its multifunctional usage until today. Its main task broadcasting radio and TV programmes matches perfectly with its observation deck and the revolving restaurant and bar. As landmark we cannot think of Berlin´s skyline without this memorable needle. Just have a look inside on this virtual tour!
Even if the exhibiton area surrounding the Funkturm, Berlin´s former TV tower from 1926, seems quite futuristic on the first sight, the meaning of the Funkturm in its original function did not make it to the 21st century. Even though it was this exact tower, where 1932 the first TV show worldwide was broadcasted. The TV tower at Alexanderplatz started doing the Funkturm´s work until it began broadcasting only non-public and amateur radio shows in the eighties. Its restaurant at an altitude of 50 meters as well as the panorama deck at the top is worth a visit nevertheless.
As we are already in Berlin´s West right now, we will take a quick look at the Teufelsberg (eng.: devil´s mountain) now. The name actually refers to the near Teufelssee (eng.: devil´s lake). But it also fits the hill´s history, if we take a closer look. In the 1940s the Nazi Party founded a military academy here to provide the Capital of the World Germania with new recruits. After the end of World War II the building was destroyed and amongst other pieces of rubble turned into a small hill. From the 1950s the US Army forces based in Berlin at that time used the place to monitor flights and as listening post. Nowadays nature has claimed its rights to the place and the forest surrounding the hill has become a nature reserve. The buildings of the spy station are decaying, though, which adds a certain excitement to the event area with huge street art gallery and panorama terrace Teufelsberg. An absolutely unique spot.
Back in the city centre we meet an old friend, the victory column. The statue of ancient godess Victoria was put on top of the column after the German unification wars and the founding of the Second Reich in 1871. If you would like to find out more, we recommend you this clip. Despite of its rather small height of 67 meters, Victoria offers a magnificent view over Tiergarten to those who come to visit her on the observation deck.
Just a nice little walk from the victory column we reach worldknown Ku´damm. The square Breitscheidplatz is framed by the two skyscrapers Upper West (left in the picture) and Zoofenster (eng.: zoo window). The 118 meters high building of Upper West was completed in 2017 and houses stores and companies, but mainly the 582 rooms of one of six Motel One hotels in Berlin. Equally high, but four years older, Zoofenster (relating to the zoo next to it) contains the Waldorf Astoria Berlin. Why don´t you take a look outside of the window of its towersuite?
As memorial against war and destruction the tower of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church stands next to the two skyscrapers like an alien. It was destroyed in World War II and never rebuilt in order to keep it a pacifist monument. In 1961 the modern part of the building with church and belltower was opened. If you would like to be a bit indiscrete, you can look up the skirts of the bells while they are ringing.
If you prefer looking at things from above without using lift or stairs, welt balloon near former Checkpoint Charlie is just your place to be. One of the world´s largest captive balloons, always tied to the ground by steel ropes, it rises to a maximum height of 150 meters carrying up to 30 passengers. You could check this video and see whether your vertigo allows you a ride.
Only the fearless, though, should try a jump from a height of 125m. The Park Inn Hotel at Alexanderplatz offers a well secured free fall. We prefer watching it all with our feet on the ground.

Opposite of Park Inn we can hopefully soon dance a whole night long again on the very stylish rooftop terrace of Weekend Club.

In our very own neighbourhood of Kreuzberg, right at Schöneberger Straße, an exciting project has been launched. The tallest wooden skyscraper (yes, you heard right) will be built here. Just have a look at the computer models - looks great, doesn´t it?

As we are just around the corner of Orania.Berlin now, it is our time to say goodbye already. Have you ever looked outside the windows of our Orania.Salon on the fifth floor? Not too bad, neither, we would say.
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  Orania.Berlin GmbH & Co. Hotel und Restaurant KG
Oranienplatz 17
10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Tel: +49 (0) 30 695 39 68 0

Persönlich haftende Gesellschafterin:
Orania.Berlin GmbH
Geschäftsführer: Philipp Vogel, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau
Registergericht und -nummer:
Amtsgericht Charlottenburg, Berlin,
Handelsregister HRB 184313 B
Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer gemäß § 27 a Umsatzsteuergesetz: DE311458924
Inhaltlich Verantwortlicher gemäß § 6 MDStV:
Philipp Vogel, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau