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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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  • It is a site of Berlin that should not go without seeing it. The dome is spectacular and the views from there are worth. It is also free. That if it is advisible to reserve before the Web
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  • Design and architecture wise, a great construction. If you're in Berlin, find the time to visit this magnificent building and enjoy the view from the fantastic glass dome.  more »
  • Fantastic and free. Not much to add over other reviews but book online before you go. Take you pass port and arrive about 15 to 30 mins before your time slot to get through security.  more »
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  • Book a free visit to the dome, pick up an also free audio guide and get a tour of Berlin from the top. It's very nice and totally worth it (since it's short and free). The dome itself is also quite cool and designed by Norman Foster.
  • An impressive building and the best part: The visit is free!. It is open daily from 8.00 to 24.00 hrs. The most recommended is to make an online reservation weeks before your visit. If you have not booked in advance, you can register on the south side of "Scheidemannstraße", near the Reichstag Building. But you should come very early in the morning. You can see on a board if any free places are still available in that day or you can also register to visit the dome in the following two days.
  • Writing in particular to the Dome. It's advisable to visit during the evening so, that you can capture everything in sunset light. Around 7pm in summer would be good. You also have to book your visit appointments few weeks in advance. You can also book audio guides in your language which gives you in depth knowledge about the past. Or you can just pick it up before entering the dome. All in all nice visit. Remember to bring water. The canteen is closed during evening and I accidentally choked on a mint which turned my trip into a search mission for water. 😂
  • The visit is short. Lift up and the rest of the way you walk around the dome along with an audio guide (there are a lot of available language there). During your walk you'll see a Berlin city. Due to that it's worth to go there in a day. There's one interesting thing at the top. There's a big hole in the roof through which the air goes to the plenary. There's also a filter which stops the water (when it rains outside) in this spiral mechanism. You can go outside as well.
  • If your going to Berlin, this visit should be on your list. It's a good idea to book tickets online before you go, can be busy at times. Also you get a great view of the city.

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