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The Reichstag is one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks. Completed in 1894 following the establishment of the German Reich, the neo-Renaissance building’s role as the home of German Parliament was short-lived. In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler blamed a devastating fire in the Reichstag on a group of Communists and radicals, a pivotal moment in his journey towards total control. The building sat largely unused for the next 60 years. It wasn't until reunification that this grand piece of real estate was cleaned up, boldly redesigned and reinstated as Germany’s main seat of power.
Situated next to the Brandenburg Gate and facing the Tiergarten, it’s impossible to miss the commanding presence of the Reichstag building, which today stands as a symbol of Berlin's bright future. The futuristic, clear dome at the top was designed by Norman Foster and symbolizes Germany's political shift from tyranny to transparency. Open to the public, the dome is a reminder that the people “are above” the politicians that sit below. Rising up through the dome is a massive cone-shaped structure with mirrors that reflect light throughout the dome.
Collect a free audio guide and listen to the fascinating story of the building’s turbulent history and reconstruction. Or, take a guided tour for deeper insight into the way the reborn building seamlessly fuses art, futuristic architecture and ecologically sound principles. The building solemnly honors its past, too, by incorporating war-shattered walls and the graffiti left by victorious Soviet soldiers.
Admission to the building and the dome is free, but you need to register in advance. The last admission isn't until 10 p.m., so be sure to take in the views of Berlin lit up at night. The Reichstag also features a rooftop restaurant, but bookings are recommended.
Located in central Berlin, the Reichstag is easily accessible by tram, train and underground.
Like to make your visit to Reichstag Building even more unique? Remember to try one or two of these things to do:
Private Third-Reich Walking Tour is one of the most popular activities on offer here.
If you're looking for even more activities, examine our Berlin things to do page.
In Mitte, Berlin's historic district, the hotel is located where boulevard Unter den Linden meets Friedrichstrasse and is close to Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, and Potsdamer Platz.
This modern hotel is located in the centre of Berlin, 500 metres from the Reichstag and 50 metres from the historic Brandenburg Gate; the State Opera House is one kilometre from the hotel.
Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Chancellery and Reichstag Building. Friedrichstrasse and Friedrichstadt-Palast are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central S-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Berlin Central U-Bahn is 3 minutes.
Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse and Gendarmenmarkt. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie Museum are also within 10 minutes. City Center U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Hausvogteiplatz U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alexanderplatz and TV Tower. Red Town Hall and DDR Museum are also within 15 minutes. Alexanderplatz Station is only a 4-minute walk and Alexanderplatz U-Bahn is 5 minutes.
Located in Mitte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of German Chancellery, Reichstag Building, and Friedrichstrasse. Friedrichstadt-Palast and Brandenburg Gate are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central S-Bahn and Berlin Central U-Bahn are within a 5-minute walk.
Modern seven-story complex with cream facade, situated within 2.5 kilometers of the Kurfurstendamm and Berlin Zoo, and close to a metro station.