The Kollhoff Tower

View from the Panoramapunkt

The Kollhoff Tower

Kollhoff Tower stands at Potsdamer Platz 1, opposite the Sony Center and is named after its architect, Hans Kollhoff.

In contrast to the other glass and steel structures in the square, the building is constructed out of peat-fired bricks with a design more reminiscent of a New York skyscraper. It soars 100 metres up into the Berlin sky and was completed in 1999.

Mainly built with office space in mind, I don’t suppose too many people will be overly enthusiastic about these statistics, but it might interest people more if I say that the fastest elevator in Europe catapults you up to the 24th floor in just 20 seconds where there is an open-air viewing platform with some of the best views in Berlin.

The Kollhoff Tower
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Known as Panoramapunkt, the 24th and 25th floors also include an exhibition called ‘Views of Berlin’ which is a reflection of Berlin’s history in pictures. There’s also a piece of the Berlin Wall which seems to just attract graffiti – but then again it always did I suppose.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Looking towards Martin Gropius Bau, the Topography of Terror, and the former Air Ministry Building
Looking towards Martin Gropius Bau, the Topography of Terror, and the former Air Ministry Building

To be whisked up to the top of the Kollhoff Tower for some of the most remarkable views in Berlin costs a full paying adult €7.50 (July 2018) and there’s a ‘Panoramacafé’ as well, should you need to sit down after your rocket ride to the top.

Looking across St Matthew's Church Platz towards Charlottenburg
Looking across St Matthew's Church Platz towards Charlottenburg
The Dom and TV Tower
The Dom and TV Tower
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