Two great places to see Berlin from above (that aren’t the TV Tower)

Two great places to see Berlin from above

With its range of architecture and buildings of different era, Berlin is a great city to view from up high. Many visitors head straight for the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz as it’s such an iconic landmark and is visible from all over the city.

But due to its central location it’s generally very busy and is fairly pricey with admission to the observation deck costing around €15.

However, there are other places to make the most of the views of Berlin so here are two cheaper (and often less crowded options) in Berlin to see the city from above.

Victory Column (Siegessäule)

Victory Column, Berlin

One of Berlin’s most iconic structures, the Victory Column (Siegessäule in German) provides wide ranging views of the city for the bargain price of €3. Originally built between 1864 and 1873, the monument was moved in the 1930s to its current location and its height increased to its current size.

Mosaics inside Victory Column, Berlin

In the bottom of the tower, there’s a small museum with a number of scaled-down models of iconic buildings from across Europe and a spiral staircase leading to the top.

Stairs in Victory Column, Berlin

There are 285 stairs to climb to reach the very top – although there is a platform part of the way up if you can’t reach the top.

View from the lower platform at Victory Column

The view from the platform mid-way up

But the climb is well worth it as you’re rewarded with panoramic views of the city.

View of Berlin from Victory Column

Victoria atop the Victory Column, Berlin

Tip: Combine your visit with a stroll through the Tiergarten.

Großer Stern, Tiergarten – visitberlin.de/en/spot/siegessaeule

Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)

Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower

The beautiful Cathedral on the banks of the Spree was completed in 1905 and although it was fairly damaged during World War Two, it has now been restored.

For your €7 admission you are given access to the interior of the cathedral, the Hohenzollern crypt in the basement and the outer walkway around the dome.

Berlin Cathedral's Dome

There are 270 steps to reach the top and, like Victory Column, it can be a bit strenuous at times but it’s worth it to see Museum Island, Lustgarten and more from above.

Rooftop view from Berlin Cathedral

View of Museum Island, Berlin

Am Lustgarten – berlinerdom.de 

Two great places to see Berlin from above

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