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Reichstag Building, Berlin

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The country's center of political power, Reichstag Building houses the German Parliament. This grand building, designed by architect Paul Wallot in 1894, was renovated and reopened in 1999. Its glass dome, designed by architect Norman Foster, offers panoramic views of the city and is accessible by elevator. You'll almost always encounter a long line waiting for the elevator, especially on sunny days, so plan lots of extra time when visiting this site. Once on top, enjoy 360-degree views and listen to a free audio guide about the building and the surrounding city sites. You can visit the dome and get guided tours of the building only with confirmed reservations secured well in advance. Check the website for details on registering online or in person. Work out when and for how long to visit Reichstag Building and other Berlin attractions using our handy Berlin day trip planning site .
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  • The Reichstag (House of Parliament) underwent a phenomenal reconstruction and renovation after it burned down partially at the end of the second World War. You will have to make reservations ahead of ...  more »
  • The visit is free. You ask your date and time on the internet in advance. We didn't have tails and the buffet breakfast was very good. It is worth. You get an idea of the great city. It is worth making it the first day you are there.
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  • The tour of the dome is well worth your time. Be sure to book in advance on the Bundestag website (I booked a few days in advance but slots were limited by then) and bring a photo ID (we used our US driver's licenses). After you pass through security, you'll go up to the roof via elevator and you should definitely do the audio tour. It's quite straightforward but very well done, with the audio synced to your walk up a spiral walkway on the dome's perimeter (i.e., "walk a few paces more, now stop here and look to your right, where you'll see..."). You'll learn about the Reichstag history, the workings of the legislature, and the construction of the new parliament building and its dome (including the engineering and energy saving features of the building).
  • Amazing experience that I will never forget. The place opens from the day time until the night time as you can see the sunset and the buildings turn on the light, look different and wonderful. The way you see the view from the rooftop is fantastic
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