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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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  • Leaving the Brandenburg Gate you will arrive in a few minutes walk to the Deutscher Bundestag. The visit was scheduled in an Office across the street. Normally the entry occurs in groups and on an hourly basis. Need a photo ID that can be Brazilian passport or identity. the location is fantastic and has a sensational view of the city, in addition to being a great work of art. Unfortunately the rainy day fumbled a bit to vista. The ideal is to visit on sunny days.
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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
  • Wow what an experience. This is a MUST DO place in Berlin. You may need to wait in the queue to get an appointment but it is totally worth it. Try to get the evening slots if you can. When we visited during August 2018, we got the 19-20 time slot and it was perfect to go up to the Dome and stay up to see the sunset
  • Was just so much to see/take in here. Was on tour bus taking lot of pics and video now added to this review. Massive magnificent looking building from outside I was not inside unfortunately this visit. Surrounding grounds/lawn are immaculately kept. Atmosphere was great and very busy indeed. Lot of walking one place to another here so if any difficulties I'd plan ahead to make sure your comfortable and able to see what you wish around here. X
  • Stupefyingly large building with more history than you can shake a stick at. Either climb to the dome....assuming you got your tickets three days before....or lie on the grass and watch the world go by. Beautiful spot with so much history.
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