Weekly Photo Challenge: Up


The Fernsehturm (German for “television tower”) is a television tower in the city centre of Berlin, Germany. Close to Alexanderplatz the tower, which is 368 metres high, was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the former German Democratic Republic administration who intended it as a symbol of Berlin.

The original total height of the tower was 365 metres (1,198 ft), but it rose to 368 metres (1,207 ft) after the installation of a new antenna in the 1990’s. There is a visitor platform and a revolving restaurant in the middle of the sphere. The visitor platform is at a height of about 204 metres (669 ft) above the ground and visibility can reach 42 kilometres (26 mi) on a clear day. The restaurant, which rotates once every 30 minutes is a few metres above the visitors platform (originally it turned once per hour; the speed was later doubled following the tower’s late 1990s renovation). Inside the shaft are two lifts that shuttle visitors up to the sphere of the tower within 40 seconds. It is not accessible by wheelchair.

When the sun shines on the Fernsehturm’s tiled stainless steel dome, the reflection usually appears in the form of a crucifix. In the then divided city West Berliners immediately named the luminous cross Rache des Papstes, or “Pope’s Revenge“.

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33 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:17

      It is an amazing structure. The lift to the observation platform at the top is one of those high-speed ones. The view from the top is amazing, especially at night.

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  1. Robin August 26, 2011 / 22:39

    Wonderful pic – 28mm focal length? It looked wider. And thanks for the history behind it.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:18

      Perspective more than anything. I was standing almost underneath the tower

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  2. Margaret August 26, 2011 / 22:55

    Stunning! My favorite so far!

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:18

      Thank You! I had fun photographing it…

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  3. Brenda Spiller August 26, 2011 / 23:20

    Thats definitely ‘Up’! great photo, thanks 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:21

      The tower stand out all over the inner city, but the best place to photograph it in my opinion is right underneath. You get am amazing perspective and against a black sky, say no more

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  4. ramoncito17 August 27, 2011 / 00:04

    I love the detail and the color of your picture. Very nice perspective too!

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  5. yi-ching lin August 27, 2011 / 00:37

    that is such an awesome shot – great framing to capture the entire thing! thank you for sharing.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:22

      The only way I could do that was to stand almost underneath it

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  6. Colby Pevensey August 27, 2011 / 03:10

    Awesome shot.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:23

      Thank you! At the time I wasn’t sure if I like the angles etc.

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  7. pix & kardz August 27, 2011 / 06:45

    this is a great shot for this challenge! an incredible perspective.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:24

      I had to put the camera on a tripod and fire the shutter by remote control. It was the only way i could get it right

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:25

      Thank you for your comment. It is impressive, the tower I mean

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:25

      I think the simple colour against the dark background makes the tower stand out more…

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  8. Kristy August 30, 2011 / 06:23

    Great shot – love the perspective!

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:32

      Thank you. I have others of this tower but this one I think shows it best

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  9. kyuni786 August 30, 2011 / 15:15

    What an engineering marvel…and you have captured it so well.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 31, 2011 / 15:33

      Thank you. The tower does stand out, which makes it easy to photograph

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  10. Patti Kuche August 31, 2011 / 17:25

    Absolutely love the stunning line of detail and the way it simply stretches up, and up . . . !

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  11. 2e0mca September 1, 2011 / 10:42

    Excellent night shot

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  12. Jim Marsh September 5, 2011 / 18:38

    Nice one Mike. I can’t keep up!!

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