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5 Milestones in the History of the Reichstag

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.

King Wilhelm I Lays the Foundation Stone

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.

The Birth of the Weimar Republic

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 Fire

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.

German Reunification

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.

Parliament Moves Back Into the Reichstag

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.

Reichstag: Our Tips

Visit the Dome

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.

Take a free tour

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Everyday except December 24th. There is sometimes scheduled building work , so check opening hours online.
  • What is the price?
  • 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 there
    Easily 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

See parts of Berlin from a different perspective

Who doesn't enjoy a river trip? Who enjoys a serene journey through a city that presents an eclectic mosaic of historical and modern architecture? This 1 hour break away from the hustle and bustle works whatever the weather. However, in October, it can be a bit bracing for some but the best photographic opportunities are up on deck although there is the obvious attraction of a warmer environment down below. The boat was clean, comfortable and the accompanying snack and cordial most welcome. The trip commentary was given in both German and English. I think if I come again, it would be in the warmer months but the trees were displaying some autumn finery and made for a colourful backdrop to this colourful city. If I had one piece of advice it would be that ifyour hotel cannot print out the required voucher, there should be an acceptable alternate to the boat company who on this occasion were more than helpful to make sure I was able to get on board. A trip worth taking. Well done.
Berlin: 1-Hour Pizza Cruise on the River Spree Reviewed by Chris, 10/18/2016

Well organised and very tasty cake...enjoyed the view..

Easy entrance because of advance booking for restaurant,well timed stroll around with good info on the dome and city beyond, spectacular views.....nice coffee plenty of choices and super cake and cream in lovely restaurant, can recommend.
Reichstag: Rooftop Coffee Break at Käfer Reviewed by Christine, 10/17/2016

The Tour was very interesting. Ulrich (I think) was very good .

The Guide was excellent, despite us having weak German, he was very helpful and sympathetic. We enjoyed the Tour very much.

Good tour - The bus is the black and white one and route maps on bus

Good tour - only two comments: It wasn't clear from the voucher that the bus we booked was the black and white one (there are several companies operating so a photo would have been good). Also, it was hard to get a route map online to select the nearest bus stop to hotel. All staff very friendly. Pick your guide.
Berlin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/14/2016

An excellent experience from start to finish.

An excellent way to see Berlin rooftops. The entrance was very easy and dealt with very efficiently. Service at the 'Kafer' was faultless, the cake and beverage delicious. We enjoyed the spiral climb in the dome area, a trip we had been waiting years to make (avoiding the queues) all round great experience. Thankyou!
Reichstag: Rooftop Coffee Break at Käfer Reviewed by Nannette, 10/07/2016

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