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Berlin's TV tower to get €1 mln make-over

The Local · 20 Nov 2011, 10:54

Published: 20 Nov 2011 10:54 GMT+01:00

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But the TV tower, a favourite with tourists for its East German kitsch and revolving restaurant at the top, will remain open while the work is carried out, the Berliner Zeitung daily reported at the weekend.

More than €1 million has been set aside for the work, said Christina Aue, manager of the tower.

“The last big renovation was 15 years ago. But the expectations of the guests have increased. We will now create a smarter atmosphere and provide more comfort,” she told the paper.

All visitor areas, such as the foyer and both viewing areas up at the top, around 200 metres in the air, will be rebuilt and modernised.

The tower, which was opened on October 3, 1969, and is visited by around 1.2 million people a year, has listed building status which restricts how much it can be altered.

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“The character of the tower will be retained. But everything will be more modern, and a touch more elegant,” said Aue.

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16:20 November 20, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Due to the Debt Crisis, I get the feeling Germany may lose some of its popularity as a tourist destination. It may, also, not be long before those speaking German will be treated differently in other European countries.
20:49 November 20, 2011 by raandy
derExDeutsche,,We can only hope .
01:48 November 21, 2011 by bugger
Due to the Debt Crisis, I get the feeling Germany may lose some of its popularity as a tourist destination due to the total impoverishment of its inhabitants. It may, also, not be long before those speaking German will be treated differently in other European countries. They might be thanked for giving away their bank reserves to defrauding foreign governments like Greece while at the same time abolishing their own people's social services and investing the leftovers into 3rd world immigrants.
02:31 November 22, 2011 by vonSchwerin
"Berlin's TV tower to get €1 mln make-over"

I saw this headline and thought, "It's going to take €1 million to tear down the Fernsehturm?"

It would probably be worth it.
04:57 November 24, 2011 by Christian Feeger
Well I welcome the renovation. Whether you like it or not, the Berlin Fernsehturm is an international icon in a city which has a more than its share of remarkable architecture. The Fernsehturm represents a past ideology and deserves its place

as a marker of the past. So I'm glad there are people willing to make constructive, forward-thinking decisions when there is so much doom and gloom and nay saying.
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