When it was completed in 1926 the Funkturm (radio tower) was the highlight of that year’s 3rd German Radio Exhibition. At a height of 147 metres, it is an emblem of Berlin visible far and wide. In earlier times it even served as a landmark for aircraft. The tower’s actual function – broadcasting – is accomplished by the antenna at the top. The platforms with restaurant and viewing point somewhat extended the time required for construction, but it was these that made the Funkturm a favourite excursion for Berliners and visitors.
From the mid-1930s the tower successively lost its role as a broadcasting facility, but it remains a popular landmark to this day.
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