Experience a birds-eye view of the German ParliamentA must-see in Berlin
I don’t often say that you must visit somewhere, as everyone has different interests and opinions.
However, during our trip to Berlin, we headed to the Reichstag Building (Parliament), and it was a fascinating experience. And definitely one of the highlights of our visit.
The incredible glass dome that balloons into the Berlin skyline is stunning. Although it’s not until you amble your way up and around the spiral incline that you truly appreciate its magnificence.
Where is the Reichstag?
Why you'll want to visit the ReichstagStunning views over Berlin & it's free
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How to obtain your free tickets to the ReichstagIt's simple & straightforward
You must register to visit in advance, although this can be done on the day in quieter periods.
We used the official Deutscher Bundestag, website, and it is straightforward.
To book your allocated time slot complete the online registration.
You must state how many people are in your party.
An email will be sent to you, you then need to complete the following information for each member of your group.
Date of Birth
You will then receive another email confirming your personal details and allocated time slot.
Arrive no later than 15 mins before your allotted time.
Most importantly, you must also show your official photo identification (e.g. passport, national ID card, driver’s licence, student or school pupil ID). Ensure you bring the original, as copies of identification documents are not accepted.
You can visit from 8am until midnight
Your entrance also includes a free audio guide.
Discovering the Reichstag in BerlinA bit of history
A highlight in BerlinLike a magnet
In the central base of the dome is a circular storyboard. It’s full of historical pictures of the Reichstag and Berlin through tumultuous times. It depicts the transformation of the parliament building and how the city moved forward after the German reunification.
Gary and I spent such a long time around here, as it was so interesting.
A rooftop view over BerlinHead to the sky
As you ascend higher and higher more of Berlin’s skyline emerges into your 360-degree view. You just can’t help but stop to admire the urban horizon across Berlin’s rooftops.
All the while, you are listening to snippets of history and important information fed to you through the audio tour.
Where to stay in Berlin
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Or alternatively, like us discover more of Germany on a road trip. If your venturing from the UK, jump on Le Shuttle and head east. Although, if you’re unable to bring your own car or you are flying into this lovely country give Rental Cars a try as they search multiple well-known car hire brands
Inside the ReichstagYou must look down
What is also beautiful about the glass dome is the tower of mirrors that you encircle. All the way up and around as you spiral to the top.
Peering over the edge, following the mirrors to the ground below and you can see through the glass ceiling of where the German parliament regularly convenes.
The top of the ReichstagTo the roof terrace
A short stroll from the ReichstagThe Brandenburg Gate
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