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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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  • You have to book usually the day before and there is no queue jumping. A lift takes you to the roof of the Reichstag where you can walk around admiring the magnificent views of Berlin. You can then wa...  more »
  • Is very handsome canopy in Parliament. One can see from above the Berlin as it climbs slowly up. Must be booked through the Internet to be able to go. You pass from control at the entrance and lift you go there is the dome. Morning and evening is very beautiful. There should be one quarter earlier. There is no charge.
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  • Very interesting tour and also the lecture in the hemicycle is interesting, very informative and definitely recommend!
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  • Astonishing construction. I wish I'd had the time to go inside. I think back to history lessons in school and it all links back!! It wasn't a great day but still a good experience. Other major attractions are within a few minutes such as the Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust memorial. The majority of the Embassy's are located within the area. I found this quite interesting also. It's well worth jumping on the local bus tour as it takes you to the major tourist attractions such as the space needle, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, parliament, Berlin wall and Check Point Charlie. 20€ on and off the bus experience.
  • You must have an appointment in order to enter the building. I scheduled mine for 8 pm on Thursday. I went 20 minutes early, i had to show the PDF that had the confirmation for appointment in my phone. I went through the security check and then escorted by a person into the building. Take the audio guide, what i found cool is the audio synced to where i am at. There are magnetic strips in the path towards the top of building. So, it is a really good audio tour. Other than the views from the top and also information through the audio guide, it was a pleasant and informative experience.
  • Disappointing... So many of the tour guide apps recommended going to Reichstag because it was supposed to be the pinnacle of German architecture, which made me super curious about it, but all we can see from the building is the glass and mirror dome in the top. You have to register to go there, which is perfectly fine, even the security check doesn't make me lift my eyebrows but they don't show any of the structures inside. We are given a audio device that only talks about the buildings around it. They could give a small tour inside of 15min just to see a tiny bit of it and it would make the tour considerably better. Considerably
  • The most memorable place for me in Berlin. I think the best time to visit is the slot just before Sunset. That way, you can experience the views in daylight and then with the lights. The security is excellent and staff is very professional. The audio guide is very good too. The glass dome is designed excellently, and brings out its intention as a symbol of transparency in democracy very well. Entry is free, but one needs to register for a spot beforehand. Registration can be done very easily, either physically or online. You will be required to carry and show your Passport.
  • Beautiful building with amazing views. It was absolutely worth and the weather played around really well. We even went a little earlier than expected since the traffic was rather low on a Sunday evening. A real must for Berlin!
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