The Reichstag building on the Platz der Republik is the political heart of Germany and is one of the sights of Berlin that should not be missed. Tourists from all over the world visit the Reichstag to learn about German history and politics as well as to get a panoramic view of Berlin's sights from the famous dome and roof terrace.
Built between 1884 and 1894 by architect Paul Wallot in the neo-Renaissance style, the building served as the seat of government for the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. The historic building was severely damaged by the Reichstag fire in 1933 and the Second World War.
Its restoration began in the 1960s, and after reunification, it was remodeled to serve as a permanent parliament building. In 1999, it became the seat of the German Bundestag. The Federal Assembly has held its meetings here to elect the German Federal President since 1994.
The subsequently designed glass dome on the roof of the building measures almost 40 meters in diameter and 23.5 meters high. Visitors can walk along spiral ramps on the inside to the viewing platform of the Reichstag dome. From here, there is a spectacular view of the entire city, especially the Spree River and the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, the TV Tower and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
When there is good weather, the lawn in front of the Reichstag building is a popular place to take a break from sightseeing, soak up the sun or enjoy a picnic.
The Reichstag can be easily reached by public transport (regional train, S-Bahn, U-Bahn & bus).
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