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  An important site of German history and politics.
by Kakapo2
  • An important site of German history and politics. - Berlin
      An important site of German history and politics.
    by Kakapo2
  • Also the reliefs tell of history. - Berlin
      Also the reliefs tell of history.
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From the history lessons at highschool I remember that after World War I Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the German Republic from one of the Reichstag windows ? between two spoonfuls of soup, as our teacher told us? (He was famous for his authentic reports ? as if he had attended all important events of the world? He made us smile ? but as you see, it has helped to remember the facts?)

Then there was the Reichstag fire in the night of 27 to 28 February 1933 which destroyed large sections of the building, and Hitler blamed the communists. Finally Soviet bombs gave it the rest in 1945. Restoration took from 1961 to 1972. The glass dome was added in the mid 1990?s.

At midnight on 2 October 1990 Germany?s reunification was enacted at this historic place. (3 October has become the new national holiday in Germany. Until 1990 it was on 17 June, reminding of the national uprising in GDR on this day in 1953. You might have noticed that the westward alley from Brandenburger Tor is named Straße des 17. Juni.)

In 1995 the artist Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, wrapped the edifice in fabric for two weeks.

The German Parliament ? which had been located in the small town of Bonn on the Rhine during the separation - is sitting there since 1999. Before this move the building had hosted an exhibition of German history which has been relocated to the German Dome at Gendarmenmarkt.

The Reichstag, designed by Paul Wallot, was built from 1884 to 1894.

Free guided tours of the Reichstag are available but you have to make a booking.

This is not possible by telephone anymore. The visitor centre (Besucherdienst Deutscher Bundestag) will give you only information about closures of the dome by phone (030) 22 73 21 52 and 22 73 59 08.

Bookings by Fax, mail or via the online booking form.

Info for visits when Parliament is sitting: http://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/visits/besgrupp/plen.html

Info for guided tours when Parliament is not sitting:

Online registration form:

Foreign language tours are available for groups of more than six people. Maximum 25 people.

Address: Platz der Republik, Berlin-Tiergarten
Directions: U-Bahn U 55, station Reichstag
Phone: (030) 22 73 21 52
Website: http://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/visits/kuppel/kupp/245686

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  • Updated Mar 26, 2012
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