Looking for a fun, FREE adventure while visiting Berlin? The Reichstag’s Dome offers spectacular views over the city and close-ups of the modern, Norman Foster–designed glass dome powering from the historic building. The Reichstag, seat of the German Parliament, is the most famous landmark in Berlin.
In 1894, after ten years of construction, the Reichstag was completed and its dome towered above the City Castle. Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was in power at the time, raged against the Dome being taller than the City Castle because it was considered distasteful.
Even though Kaiser Wilhelm II discredited the architect, the Parliament remained, and has reflected the turbulence of German history ever since. On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag was destroyed by a mysterious fire. The Reichstag was then used as a pretext for the Nazi regime to persecute their political opponents.
Following the Reichstag being destroyed in the war, it was then rebuilt between 1961-1971 in a simplified form without the dome.
The Reichstag was redesigned retaining its historical dimensions between 1994 and 1999. The accessible glass dome, which initially generated a lot of controversy, has since become one of the landmarks of Berlin.
The Reichstag offers a free lift to its roof terrace of incredible views. Pick up a free audioguide and learn about surrounding sights, the building and the workings of the parliament while making your way up the dome’s ramp. Make sure to book your reservation in advance because spots fill up quickly.
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