I Want to Wash the Windows of the Fernsehturm

Sandy and the Fernsehturm

So I was sitting in the revolving restaurant in the Fernsehturm, sipping a lovely glass of champagne with a friend, admiring the setting sun and the vastness of Berlin sprawling to the horizon in every direction, and a thought occurred to me:

How do they wash the windows?

I mean, check out this short video of the views I was enjoying – the Fernsehturm is super, super high up, and there certainly ain’t nuthin’ to stand on out there. I also couldn’t imagine how one of those usual contraptions that use pulleys to move up and down when washing windows of skyscrapers (Wolkenkratzer) would work, because it is a giant round ball.

So I asked the waitress.

“The cleaners use bungee cords and climbing gear, and they rappel up and down while washing the windows,” she says.

I was never so impressed. Maybe she lied and I am gullible, but now I want to wash the windows of the Fernsehturm in Berlin. Anyone know who I need to ask?  Will work for adrenalin.


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7 Comments on “I Want to Wash the Windows of the Fernsehturm”

  1. October 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I’ve seen pictures of the guys cleaning the windows and it’s very spectacular but there is no way on God’s green Earth that you would get me to do it – I’d rather drink a fish milkshake!

  2. October 27, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Now that’s a picture that’s gotta be taken – to see some folks waaaay up high, washing those windows. Nothin’ but air above, around, and below you : yikes. ;-)

  3. toto
    October 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Yes, she told the truth. You can see them a few days a year doing that. Must be a special job ;-)

  4. stefan
    November 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    i was at the restaurant when some guys were cleaning the windows from outside, they were hanging on ropes like alpinists and the children went wilde!

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