Hi guys! Spring has arrived! And today, I could totally feel and see it. Sunshine and blue sky – what else can a girl ask for?
This weekend, my sister-in-law came to see us with her family. After visiting the Märchengarten in Ludwigsburg (for more information about this place, check out my post from 2013) and the Eselsmühle (to learn more, check out my post from 2015) they had one more “must do” on their list: the famous Fernsehturm (TV-Tower) of Stuttgart. As some of you guys know, the tower was closed for a while due to fire safety improvements but it opened its gates again just a few weeks ago. I was very excited to be able to go to the top of the tower again!
Today, we took the U-Bahn to Ruhbank and walked the few meters to the entrance.
Let me share some fun facts with you before we enter the tower:
- it is 217 meters/710 feet high
- it was the very first TV-Tower constructed in reinforced concrete
- it was built within 20 months
- the engineer that constructed the tower was Fritz Leonhardt
- the tower was opened on February 5th, 1956
- the construction cost 4.2 million Deutsche Mark
Not too bad, right? OK, let’s move on.
As it was early in the day, we didn’t have to line up and could walk in nearly right away. The cash point is located in a little gift shop where you find lot’s of cute little things, all related to the tower of course
After we had a look around, it was time to hop into the elevator and fly up the 217 meters to the top.
Even though it was not the clearest day, the sight was good from the top of the tower.
Check out Schlossplatz with the Königsbau on the left and the Neue Schloss on the right:
And do you know where that is?
I am sure you recognize the colorful buildings of the Marktplatz in the center of the picture, the white tower of the city hall on the left, and the Stiftskriche in the back.
And here comes one more beautiful spot: the Karlshöhe:
Yep, I liked it a lot up there!
(Before you ask – we got balloons at the entrance because the Fernsehturm is celebrating its 60th anniversary! Happy birthday Fernsehturm!! )
As it got a bit cold after a while, we decided to visit the Panorama Café.
We were lucky to get a table. It was crowded up there. I saw that the group next to us had made reservations for a table in advance. That’s definitely a good idea if you guys want to visit the tower and intend on having a break in the café.
The Panorama Café is open until 11 pm everyday and they even serve cocktails up there! A great location for an after-work drink, don’t you think?!
But it was only around noon, so only coffee and hot elderflower tea with a view for us
We had a great time at the top of the tower. Bye bye, Fernsehturm – see you again soon!
The Fernsehturm is open from 10 am to 11 pm during the week and from 9 am to 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The entrance fee is 7 Euro for adults and 4 Euro for students and kids between 6 and 15. They also offer special prices for groups, early birds or night owls. Check out their website for more details.
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