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For the ever-popular panorama of the city, the Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower) is a great place to go. As the tallest structure in Germany (standing at more than 650 feet), it's guaranteed to provide quite the view. Visitors can take one of two elevators to the top. If the 40-second trip makes you hungry, stop by the rotating Sphere Restaurant or Bar 203 for some light refreshments. 

Recent visitors said the panoramic views were a must-see, though a little overpriced. You can save money by purchasing tickets in advance online (which past visitors recommend that you do). Those with the Berlin WelcomeCard will also receive a discount on standard tickets. Ticket prices range from 12 to 21.50 euros when purchased online (about $13.50 to $24) and 9.50 to 16.50 euros when purchased on-site (about $11 to $19). 

The TV Tower is open from 9 or 10 a.m. to midnight, depending on the season. You can access it off the Berlin Alexanderplatz station of the S-Bahn or U-Bahn (line U2 or U5). For more information and to purchase advance tickets, check out the tower's website

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#1 Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city's most famous squares, the Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II starting in 1788. 

Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.  

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