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Photo by Marco Bellucci (Flickr CC)
Whether it's dressed up like a football or covered in love messages, there's something singularly fascinating about Berlin's most recognisable building.
The Fernsehturm is certainly one of the more fondly regarded hangovers from the GDR era, and its 1970s-Sputnik splendour marks it out from the world's other great towers (to which it is compared in an exhibition on the ground floor).
Berlin is a beautiful spectacle from this lofty spot, and other high places (the casino in the Park Inn next door, for example) don't have the 360 degree perspective or the long opening hours. But there are drawbacks - the prices are unashamedly tourist-milking, and the cocktail bar, restaurant and souvenir shop do little to disguise the sense of unloved, state-run necessities.