"The Reichstag - Houses of Parliament" Reichstag Tip by Audrey118

Reichstag, Berlin: 18 reviews and 16 photos

  The Reichstag
by Audrey118

Favorite thing: The Reistag is a symbol of democracy, power and a united Germany.

It was built by Bismarck, burned by Hitler and rebuilt by Norman Foster.

The Reistag was constructed between 1884 - 1894 as the parliament for the Bismarck's German Empire. It was built by Paul Wallot; it is an amazing monumental building, 137 metres long and 97 metres wide, designed in the style of a High Renaissance palace.
It was partially destroyed in 1933 and again more by the Soviets in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. Recently it has been fully renovated by British architect Sir Norman Foster to once again house the German Parliament (the Bundestag) and to commemorate this return to roots, it is now crowned by an awesome glass dome. The newly constructed metal glass dome over the parliamentary chamber offers good rooftop views over the city.

The queue to see this is mad!!!

For those intereested there is a lecture on German parliamentarism in history and present is held regularly in the plenary room of the Reichstag.
The lecture takes about 45 minutes and is held daily on the hour as long as parliament is not in session.

Advance booking is necessary.

Address: Platz der Republik, Berlin-Tiergarten
Directions: Bus 100
Phone: 22 73 21 52

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2003
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