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Few buildings can boast as rich a historical heritage as the Berlin's Reichstag, which has witnessed many of Germany's most momentous events spanning from the time of the German Empire to the present day. Here are the five most important milestones in its history.
The Reichstag's foundation stone was laid on June 29th 1884, but construction was finished ten years later. At the time, the building's eclectic architecture attracted a lot of criticism.
On November 9th 1918, the politician Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the institution of the Weimar Republic from the Reichstag balcony. The German Empire was no more.
The Reichstag caught fire on February 27th 1933. The causes are still disputed, but Hitler seized the opportunity to consolidate the Nazis' power through the Reichstag Fire Decree.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the East German state, German reunification was officially celebrated at the Reichstag on October 3rd 1990.
Following extensive reconstruction, the German parliament moved back into the Reichstag on April 19th 1999. Today, the Reichstag is the second most-visited attraction in Germany.
The Reichstag's famous glass dome offers one of the most spectacular views over Berlin. Admission itself is free, but you must register ahead of time on the Reichstag website – don't miss out! The building is open every day from 8am till midnight, but the last entry is at 10pm.
For those who want to delve deeper into the Reichstag's rich past, get all the facts and learn all about the building's place within German history, there are tours for visitors. However, demand is high and places go fast, so make sure you book online well ahead of your visit.
- When to visitEveryday except December 24th. There is sometimes scheduled building work , so check opening hours online.
- What is the price?Free
- Will I need a guide?If you'd like to get a real impression of the scale of the Reichstag's history, yes! There are tours of the Reichstag itself combined with the government quarter in Berlin].
- How to get thereEasily accessible via Berlin's train system. Closest stop is on the S-Bahn: Berlin Brandenburger Tor
- Additional tips
- Make sure you have government-issued ID to show when entering the Reichstag - this is necessary in conjunction with your online booking.
- You must get there 30 minutes or so before your scheduled visit in order to go through security checks.
What People Are Saying About Reichstag
Skip the long queue & go straight to the observation deck. We started early and had excellent choice of views. Definitely worth the extra funds...
The tower is situated in a very busy part of Berlin with lots of shops and eateries. If you do not book beforehand you will queue for a while to get in. The view is fantastic and probably the best time to visit is between 12 and 2 pm when hopefully it is clear enough to see for miles.
The Reichstag parliament is very well laid out and well lit. The dome is more interesting and a wonderful structure designed by a British architect. It works in that it gives visitors the chance to see it without feeling enclosed. The open top is wonderful.
Would always use again to book tickets. Saved us at least 2 hours. We had a 3 hour pass booked a table and had a great meal. You have to do this if you come to Berlin. 10/10. Thanks
Our guide was knowlegable when it came to Bowie and I appreciated the link the tour made with Berlin history, particularly regarding the wall. The information added a realness to Bowie's stay in Berlin that I hadn't considered before.