- Name: Reichstag Building
- Location: Berlin, Germany
- Type of attraction: Architectural/Buiding
- Built: 1894
- Ticket price: Free
Reichstag building was completed in 1894, following German national unification and the formation of the German Reich in the 1871. During the course of the 20th century the Reichstag suffered damage and destruction. The 1933 fire completely destroyed the original plenary hall and, in 1954, the main dome had to be demolished.
During the Cold War and until German reunification in 1989, the Reichstag housed a permanent exhibition called “Questions about German History,” but it was mainly used for ceremonial purposes. The official reunification ceremony took place in the Reichstag in 1990. It has been agreed that it will once again be the home of the German national parliament after another year of intensive deliberation.
In 1995, just before Norman Foster’s restoration of the Reichstag began, artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude wrapped the building in fabric. In 1999, Foster’s meticulous repair and renovation of the building is completed, and on April 19th, the new German government meets for the first time at the Reichstag.
The modern dome-or cupola-of Reichstag, with its massive central glass cylinder, is among the most impressive features, constructed visually and technologically to channel natural light into the plenary chamber.
Dome visits can be pre-booked online and it is a must when visiting Berlin as it gives you also very nice view of the surroundings.
This is one of the top attractions in Germany and one of the most photographed building.
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Interesting facts about Reichstag Building
Here are some interesting facts about this historic landmark:
- The Reichstag building attracts about 3 million visitors per year. It is the second most visited landmark in Germany (after Cologne Cathedral).
- The Dome with its public access symbolizes that the people are above the government.
- The building was not in use from 1933 when it was set on fire until full refurbishment in 1999 when Parliament finally moved there.