A visit to Berlin isn’t complete without seeing the city from up high. It’s surprisingly packed full of options to get panoramic views – from the historic to the modern, the swanky to the hip, so there’s something for everyone.
Super-fast elevators, rooftop bars, glass-domed roofs, relics of World War II and even a cable car – there’s more than just one way to see Berlin from above. And here are some of the best.
Boasting possibly the most famous views of Berlin from up high, it’s not just the vista that’s impressive – it’s the structure of the TV Tower itself. Shooting into the sky at 368-meters tall, it’s one of Berlin’s most visible (and iconic) buildings.
It was built as a symbol of Communist power in 1969, it remains the tallest structure not just in Berlin, but in Germany. In fact, it’s the third-tallest building in the EU.
As well as being functional, the observation deck provides sweeping panoramas over the German capital, with sights like the Reichstag building and Olympic Stadium visible (plus, there’s a revolving restaurant too, called Sphere). An express elevator takes visitors up to the platform in just 40 seconds.
Located at Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin. Closest ubahn or sbahn: S & U Alexanderplatz.
The name says it all – it means “Panorama Point” in German, giving you a good idea of what to expect here. Namely, that would be the amazing views from the top of the red brick postmodern Kollhoff Tower.
And if you thought the TV Tower’s elevator was quick, think again – the elevator is the fastest in the whole of Europe, whizzing you 100 meters above Potsdamer Platz to the 24th and 25th floor.
Completed in 1999, the tower’s viewpoint at Panoramapunkt provide an excellent bird’s eye view of the city. There’s even a 1930s-style cafe up here, so you can travel back in time too.
Located at Kollhoff Tower, Potsdamer Platz 1, 10785 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S Potsdamer Platz.
This iconic Berlin monument opened in 1873 in order to commemorate the Prussian victory in the second Schleswig War. But this glimmering column is more than just a landmark – it’s also an attraction in itself, thanks to its viewing platform.
Located in Berlin’s Tiergarten district, the imposing column soars to 61 meters high. Getting to the viewing platform is a simple matter of climbing the 281 steps of its interior spiral staircase to the 51-meter mark. Your efforts will be rewarded with views across Tiergarten and to the Brandenburg Gate.
Located at Großer Stern, 10557 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: U Hansaplatz or S Bellevue.
Olympic Bell Tower
The bell tower at the Olympic Stadium is another great place for views of Berlin from above. Aside from getting a bird’s eye view of the stadium itself, you can also see the Spandau district to the west, Alexanderplatz in central Berlin, and much more of the city. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Potsdam, southwest of Berlin.
A glass elevator takes visitors up to the viewing platform. On the ground level, you can also learn about the history of the Olympic Stadium and the 1936 games. Info is in both German and English.
Located at Am Glockenturm 1, 14053 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S Pichelsberg.
Monkey Bar (in 25 Hours Hotel)
For those who like to enjoy their views with a cocktail or a glass of something fizzy, then the Monkey Bar is a good place to consider. Located on the 10th floor of the 25Hours Hotel, it may not reach the dizzying heights of some of Berlin’s viewpoints, but what it lacks in altitude it makes up for in attitude.
Serving up sublime views over the city, including Berlin Zoo (hence the name), the spacious Monkey Bar is a hip and happening terrace bar. The atmosphere is buzzing, with DJs spinning tracks throughout the week, making it a great place to soak up a sunset before exploring the rest of Berlin’s nightlife.
Located at Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S & U Zoologischer Garten.
For something with a little more history, you may want to opt for a visit to Grunewaldturm (otherwise known as Grunewald Tower). Located in the leafy western portion of the city, the tower is a memorial opened in 1889 to mark the 100th birthday of German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm I.
Built in a red Brick Gothic Revival style, the 55-meter-tall tower sits on top of a hill, further adding to its visibility credentials. Visitors to Grunewaldturm can climb the 204 steps to the tower’s viewing platform, with wonderful natural views from 36 meters up.
Once you’ve soaked up the views, you can head down to the building’s very own restaurant and beer garden.
Located at Havelchaussee 61, 14193 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S Heerstrasse or U Theodor-Heuss-Platz, then take Bus 218 towards Pfaueninsel to the Grunewaldturm stop.
Vienna House Andel’s Hotel Sky Bar
Another option for enjoying not only a view in Berlin, but a few alcoholic beverages too, is the Sky Bar at Andel’s Hotel. This chic four-star hotel continues its sophistication through to its 14th floor rooftop bar, making for a classy place to soak up a 270-degree view of the city.
Almost like a hidden gem, this intimate spot serves specialty cocktails and bar snacks in case you’re feeling hungry. And it’s situated on the border between the districts of Prenzlauer Berg and Lichtenberg just near the Landsberger Allee Sbahn station, so you get to see the city center from a more unusual vantage point.
Located at Landsberger Allee 106, 10369 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S Landsberger Allee.
The Funkturm is Berlin’s radio tower. This broadcasting spire dates back to the 1920s, and today it’s a famous landmark in the German capital. Home to an observation deck situated 126 meters above the ground, this Eiffel Tower-esque structure is situated in the borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
Nicknamed “Der Lange Lulatsch” or “The Lanky Lad”, later additions to this tower include a restaurant at 52-meters high. Another speedy elevator can be found here, too, which travels at six-meters per second. And as a final tip, consider a visit at night, when the Funkturm is attractively illuminated.
Located at Hammarskjöldplatz, 14055 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S Messe Nord.
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
It’s easy to think that Berliner Dom is a place of worship and a landmark in its own right, but it’s actually also home to a 360-degree panoramic view of the whole of Berlin.
This magnificent cathedral dates back centuries, but the current iteration was completed in 1905. Though badly damaged during World War II, it was eventually restored to its former glory (work that only finished in 1993).
One of the most striking parts of the cathedral is the dome, atop of which is the observation deck itself. But be prepared for stairs – 270 steps, to be exact. You’ll be rewarded, though, with one of the finest views in Berlin from a height of 50 meters.
Located at Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: U Rotes Rathaus; when construction on the U5 is complete, the closest will be U Museuminsel.
Flak Tower III Humboldthain
Once a fortified tower built for anti-aircraft guns during World War II, today the Flak Tower III – situated in Humboldthain Park – is an unlikely (and peaceful) viewing platform. Besides the historic tower, the leafy park itself boasts a water garden, rose garden, grassy lawns and even a swimming pool.
Located in Berlin’s Gesundbrunnen district, Flak Tower III, now covered in graffiti, offers a chance to embark on a mini work-out thanks to its 150+ steps. The views are understated, but the history and leafy locale makes it an interesting option for a viewpoint in Berlin.
Located at Hochstraße 5, 13357 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S & U Gesundbrunnen.
It’s also possible to get an amazing view of Berlin from the Reichstag Building. This grand icon of the city was built in the late 19th century and is the seat of the German parliament.
There’s a modern addition today in the form of a glass dome that crowns the roof. This futuristic design is now the gateway to the roof of the Reichstag. Visitors can now step out onto the roof itself, amble around, taking snaps of the Berlin cityscape and enjoying its new architectural facets.
As an added bonus, the tour is free, but you must register ahead of time. Check out more free things to do in Berlin.
Located at Platz der Republik 1, 10557 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S & U Brandenburger Tor or U Bundestag.
The hipster hangout of Neukolln is home to the Instagram-friendly rooftop bar, Klunkerkranich. It is uniquely situated at the top of an old parking garage, making for an urban, creative twist on the typical glitzy and glamorous rooftop bar.
Popular particularly at sunset, visitors to Klunkerkranich may initially find it quite hard to find – that’s because you enter through a seemingly un-hip mall. But ride the elevator up to the fifth floor, stroll through the parking lot, take the ramp, and you’ll be in this strange and wonderful beer garden.
Located at Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: U Rathaus Neukölln.
Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial Tower
No trip to Berlin is complete without learning at least a little about the Berlin Wall. The Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial is a one mile stretch of road where buildings on opposite sides of the street ended up on opposite sides of the Wall.
About halfway down this outdoor memorial, you’ll find a building with a tower. It’s officially called the Berlin Wall Documentation Center. Take the elevator a few floors up to the top, and you’ll get a view of a remaining piece of the wall and the death strip next to it. This was preserved when the Wall came down so people could see what it was really like.
This is certainly not one of the highest views of Berlin, but it’s a view that’s enhanced by being on higher ground, and one that shows an important piece of the city’s history.
Located at Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: S Nordbahnhof or U Bernauer Strasse.
Gardens of the World cable cars
Unlike many of the other places to get good views in Berlin, the cable cars at Gardens of the World aren’t buildings. This is a journey across the landscape of the city, built for the International Garden Exhibition in 2017.
The ropeway runs for a kilometer and a half (almost a mile) from Kienberg U-Bahn Station all the way to the Gardens of the World visitor center in the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf. The journey takes around five minutes, during which you’ll see Kienberg Park, while views of the landscaped Gardens of the World await at the summit (63 meters above sea level).
Some cabins on the ropeway have glass floors. Others have no seats, designed for cyclists, for those interested in getting around via pedal power.
Located at Blumberger Damm 44, 12685 Berlin. This is the main entrance, and not very convenient to transport. Instead go to Kienberg – Gärten der Welt on the U5 where you can get on the cablecar.
This green space in the hip district of Kreuzeberg is home to the highest natural elevation point in the city. Climb the hill, also called Kreuzberg, and a set of stairs to the memorial celebrating victory over Napolean, and you’ll be rewarded with a really pretty view of the city.
The park has lots of space for a picnic in nice weather, and it’s also adorned with a waterfall right in the middle of the city. The waterfall is manmade, so it actually gets turned off in the winter to avoid freezing.
While the view from above is excellent, be sure to go back down to street level and look up to see the water trickling down through the rocks. You can also see the memorial at the top.
Located at Katzbachstr and Kreuzbergerstr, 10965 Berlin. Closest Sbahn or Ubahn: U Platz der Luftbrücke.
Seeing a city from above is a great way to get a different perspective. Since Germany’s capital is such a diverse city, it’s no wonder there are tons of interesting places to see views of Berlin from above. Which one is your favorite?
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