The Reichstag – historical building with a view

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The Reichstag  is one of the city’s most significant historical buildings. It was completed in 1894 and modelled after the Memorial Hall in Philadelphia. It is the home of the German parliament and has a beautiful glass dome and a roof terrace, both accessible to visitors.

Its iconic dedication, to “the German People” (Dem Deutschen Volke ) was added in 1916 and it served as the home of the German parliament until 1933, when it was damaged by a fire. The Nazis neglected the building and it became severely damaged during the Second World War. After the war, it remained forgotten until 1961, when it was partially renovated and used for different ceremonial purposes.  In 1990 the Reichstag was the site of the official reunification ceremony and it became once again  the home of the German parliament (the modern Bundestag), in 1999.

The glass dome, added in the 1990s, sitting directly above the debating chamber of the Bundestag, has a cone of mirrors in its center and it offers great views of the city. For security reasons, when visiting the dome and roof terrace you must make a prior reservation, available also online.

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