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User Reviews (81 Reviews)
- ReichstagApr 15, 2013
A must visit free of a entrance site that offers magnificent view of the whole city and information about it's most important buildings and about the history of the parliament. Also it's open until late (22:00 at summer)!
- ReichstagApr 07, 2013
I suggest planning this visit as the first thing that you do in Berlin. Don't forget to book online prior to your visit.
During the visit you get to see the whole city from above - there is a glass terrace observing most of the main attraction sites. You have a free audio guide that gives you a couple of words regarding each place. Once you get that overview, you can explore those sites later on by foot or by going with 100/200 bus
- ReichstagMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersMar 12, 2013
We really enjoyed walking in the building we were even able to see the German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the Parliament. We also went up to the roof terrace and the dome structure with its circular route. It was built so that you can see down into parliament so that the government is open. The view from the top over Berlin is also very nice.
- ReichstagJan 17, 2013
Try to go in the summer months as there's often a queue to get inside! We queued for an hour in the rain but it was worth it. Great views- interesting history. All over quite quickly unless you get the full tour but defiantly worth visiting.
- ReichstagNov 18, 2012
The Reichstag building (German: Reichstagsgebäude; officially: Plenarbereich Reichstagsgebäude) is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Reichstag, parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire. After World War II, the building fell into disuse; the parliament (Volkskammer) of the German Democratic Republic met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the parliament (Bundestag) of the Federal Republic of Germany met in the Bundeshaus in Bonn.
The ruined building was made safe against the elements and partially refurbished in the 1960s, but no attempt at full restoration was made until after German reunification on October 3 1990, when it underwent a reconstruction led by internationally renowned architect Norman Foster. After its completion in 1999, it once again became the meeting place of the German parliament: the modern Bundestag.
The term Reichstag, when used to connote a parliament, dates back to the Holy Roman Empire. The building was built for the Reichstag of the German Empire, which was succeeded by the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic. The latter devolved into the Reichstag of Nazi Germany, which left the building (and ceased to act as a parliament) after the 1933 fire and never returned; the term Reichstag has not been used by German parliaments since World War II. In today's usage, the German word Reichstag (Imperial Congress Building) refers mainly to the building, while Bundestag (Federal Congress) refers to the institution.
- ReichstagJul 05, 2012
Closed for visitors
The roof terrace and dome of the Reichstag Building are closed for visitors without pre-booking.
Following German reunification on October 3, 1990 the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) decided, one year later, to make the Reichstag the seat of Parliament in Berlin, the restored capital of reunited Germany. After a complete restoration of Paul Wallot’s original 1894 building by Paul Wallot, the Bundestag reconvened here in Sir Norman Foster’s spectacularly restored Reichstag building on April 19, 1999.
The Reichstag building was completed in 1894 following German national unity and the establishment of the German Reich in 1871. Under the attentive eye of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Paul Wallot’s Reichstag competition winner of 1882 was a synthesis of High Renaissance and classical motifs such as the façade of columned porticos. It already included a modern glass and steel dome. The building’s grandeur was accentuated by an imposing projecting columned entrance supporting a triangular gable and a wide flight of steps that must be climbed to reach the main entrance portal. The result was a four-wing structure with two inner courtyards and a central plenary chamber and an emperor’s crown at a height of 75m on the lantern. Ironically, the building’s site was considered slightly unfortunate at the time because its entrance was facing the wrong side – West - with its back to the imperial Schloss and the 19th century city centre. The famous inscription - DEM DEUTSCHEN VOLK - (to the German nation), a 1916 addition by Peter Behrens, still towers above the monumental entrance.
The Reichstag suffered damage and destruction over the course of the 20th century. The fire of 1933 completely destroyed the original plenary hall and it was necessary to demolish the original dome in 1954. Paul Baumgarten´s restoration completed in 1961 gave the building a new function as a venue for parliamentary committee meetings and exhibitions, located in the Western part of divided Berlin, just beyond the Wall, a short walk north of the Brandenburg Gate.
After reunification and the Bundestag’s move from Bonn to Berlin it became necessary to equip and thoroughly modernise the languishing building. The British architect, Sir Norman Foster was commissioned to carry out the mammoth conversion project which caused heated controversy as his original design of a baldachin roof covering the entire building was rejected in 1995. The Bundestag voted for a slightly more conservative reconstruction of the original dome in modern guise. In fact the Reichstag’s new dome -or cupola with its vast central glass cylinder is amongst the most impressive features visually and technically designed to reflect natural light into the plenary chamber. It provides natural ventilation and light with a mirror system which directs light inside the chamber during the day and reflects it back at night. Ecological considerations about renewable energy sources resulted in heating and air-conditioning technology fuelled by rape seed oil with underground refrigeration and heating units.
The Reichstag played centre stage to momentous events in German history. Amongst the most eventful moments were SPD (Social Democratic Party) member Philipp Scheidemann’s proclamation of the first German Republic in 1918, following the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II and the end of the monarchy. The fire of 1933 which Hitler blamed on the communists led to Hitler’s emergency powers. The end of World War II in May 1945 was immortalised by the iconic photograph by TASS photographer Yevgeny Khaldei – the image of the Red Army soldier heroically hoisting the hammer-and-sickle flag on the collapsing Reichstag parapet. This was in fact a montage made weeks later and retouched with clouds and smoke - for effect.
The official reunification of Germany was held here on October 2, 1990. Germany was officially reunified at 00:00 CET on October 3, 1990 following the Unification Treaty between the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany which went into effect on September 29, 1990.
More recently, Berliners and visitors from all over the world flocked to experience the Wrapping of the Reichstag in the summer of 1995 when Bulgarian artists Christo and his wife Jeanne- Claude, known for their wrapping of buildings and natural objects, covered the entire Reichstag in fabric. The magic event lasted for two weeks as a last salute before restoration got under way.
A visit to the Reichstag is a must. Visitor highlights include a lift ride to the top of the building to a large viewing terrace for the breathtaking views of Tiergarten, the dome and the mirror cylinder at the centre. The Lift to the cupola is from 8am -10pm and the viewing platform area is open until midnight.
There are often queues outside the main entrance for the lifts and they can get quite long at certain times. A special entrance to the left is available if you are disabled, have a restaurant reservation or are with small children. Attendants are helpful and will point visitors in the right direction.
( Text: Berlin.de )
Platz der Republik 1
Telefon: 030 22 73 21 52
Öffnungszeiten: daily 8-24
Eintrittspreise: Admission free
Führungen: by arrangement
Architekt: Paul Wallot
Stil: renaissance, baroque and classizism
U Bundestag: U55
S+U Brandenburger Tor: U55
S+U Brandenburger Tor: S1, S2, S25
S+U Brandenburger Tor: TXL
Reichstag/Bundestag: 100, M85