Things to do in Reichstag
The Reichstag building on Platz der Republik in Berlin has been the seat of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundestag) since 1999. With its iconic dome and roof terrace, it is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world to learn about German history and politics, as well as to get a panoramic view of Berlin's sights.
Built between 1884 and 1894, the building was designed by the architect Paul Wallot in the neo-renaissance style and served as the seat of government of the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
The historic building was badly damaged by a fire in 1933 during the Second World War, under circumstances not completely known. Its restoration began in the 1960s and after reunification it was redesigned with the aim of serving as a permanent parliament building. It finally became the seat of the German Bundestag in 1999.
The glass dome on the roof of the building has a diameter of almost 40 metres and a height of 23.5 metres. Visitors can walk on spiral ramps up to the viewing platform inside the dome. From here there is a spectacular view of the whole city, especially of the Spree and the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, the TV Tower and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
In good weather, the meadow in front of the Reichstag building is also a popular place to take a break from sightseeing, soak up the sun or have a picnic.
The Reichstag can be easily reached by public transport (regional train, S-Bahn, U-Bahn and bus).
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