Zoom to the top of Berlin’s Kollhoff Tower in Europe’s fastest elevator to reach the Panoramapunkt observation deck. At 328 feet (100 meters), Panorama Point offers some of the best views of the city and its landmarks. The 24th floor features an open-air exhibition with pictures and audio presenting the history of the famous Potsdamer Platz.
Panoramapunkt is at the center of Berlin and straddles the old dividing Berlin Wall. From the 25th floor, you get stellar views of iconic landmarks including the Berlin TV Tower at Alexanderplatz, the Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag. From this lofty spot you can also see the old Berlin Wall’s division marks winding through the streets of the city. The Berliner Blicke exhibition shows what life was like before, during, and after the Berlin Wall era.
For a comprehensive overview of Berlin, book a combination tour of Panoramapunkt, the Currywurst Museum, and the Story of Berlin Museum. Alternatively, the Berlin Pass is great for seeing as much of the city as possible: it includes free entry to more than 50 attractions as well as a public transport ticket.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Panorama Point is a must-do for those who want to get one of the best views of Berlin.
- Purchase a VIP ticket to skip the lines and avoid long wait times.
- Visitors typically spend about an hour taking in the views and enjoying a coffee at the 1930s-style café.
- The elevator, viewing platform, and café are all accessible by those with limited mobility.
How to Get There
Panoramapunkt is located at Potsdamer Platz 1 on the 24th and 25th floors of the Kollhoff Tower, just a 10-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate. Take the U2 underground line to U-Potsdamer Platz, or the S1, S2, S25, or S26 overground line to the same stop.
When to Get There
Panorama Point’s opening hours vary seasonally; check the website for details. The observation deck is an ideal place to catch the sunset over the urban jungle of Berlin. For the most contemplative experience—and to avoid the sunset crowds—visit early in the day before heading to more popular sights nearby.
The Story of Potsdamer Platz
After World War II, Potsdamer Platz was completely rebuilt and soon became the city center of West Berlin during the Cold War. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1990, Berlin underwent massive reconstruction, and Potsdamer Platz blossomed into a major hub. Buildings like the Sony Center and the Kollhoff Tower—completed just nine years after the fall of the Wall—became icons of the area and now showcase the tumultuous history of the area.