Reichstag#5 in Best Things To Do in Berlin
A symbol of Germany's past, present and future, the Reichstag or Parliament Building is a mesh of different architecture ranging from the late 20th to late 21st centuries. It symbolizes the country's path from a dark past to a brighter future.
Originally constructed between 1884 and 1894, the building was destroyed by arson in 1933, an act that marked a turning point in the history of the Third Reich. It was then bombed during World War II and didn't become the seating house of government again until 1999 after the distinguishing glass dome was added.
You can tour the Reichstag's dome for free, but you must register a few days in advance to secure a spot. Same-day admissions are available at the Visitors' Service Centre and a valid passport/identity card is required. Once inside, circle your way up the dome on foot, or use an elevator to reach the top for a stunning view of the city.
Recent visitors also recommended the guided tours (offered in weeks when Parliament is not sitting) for a more in-depth look at the history of the building and the German government. If you're not able to tag along on a group tour, you can obtain an audio guide (available in English and 10 other languages). The dome of Reichstag is open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight, with the last admission at 9:45 p.m. The building is accessible via the No. 100 bus and Berlin's main rail station, Hauptbahnhof. For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit the Reichstag's website.
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