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The Reichstag is one of Berlin’s most important landmarks, not only as the house of its parliament but also – formerly – as a place of terror, destruction and finally resolution. It dates back over a century to 1894, during the beginnings of the German Reich.
The grand neoclassical design, reflecting the power within, only remained the home of German Parliament a short while. In a pivotal moment during the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, a fire broke out in the building, which he blamed on a group of Communists and radicals. For 60 years the Reichstag remained almost empty, until the reunification brought life back into the building. It was given a new redesign and, once again, became Germany’s main seat of power.
Close to the Brandenburg Gate and facing the Tiergarten, the commanding presence of the building is a sight to behold, standing as a bright beacon for Berlin’s future. The striking clear dome on the top was designed by Norman Foster, and is intended to show Germany’s move from tyranny to transparency. The dome is open to the public, and houses a spectacular cone-shaped mirror in the centre, reflecting light all around. It also allows visitors to see that, while the politicians sit below, the people remain on top.
Take a journey through the turbulent and dramatic history of the building by collecting a free audio guide or, if you prefer a closer look at how old meets new through art and architecture, take a guided tour. Not shying away from its past, it also displays war-shattered walls and graffiti left by victorious Soviet soldiers.
Admission to the building and the dome is free, but you need to register in advance. You can visit until 11 pm, so you can take in the views of Berlin after dark. For a bite to eat at the top of Berlin, a restaurant is also available, though bookings in advance are recommended.
Located in central Berlin, the Reichstag is easily accessible by tram, S-Bahn and U-Bahn.
Make the most of your time at Reichstag Building. Here is a list of the best things to do:
Private Third-Reich Walking Tour is one of the best activities available for purchase here.
For many more things to do, have a look at our Berlin things to do page.
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