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5 Milestones in the History of the Reichstag

Few buildings can boast as rich a historical heritage as the Berlin's Reichstag, which has witnessed many of Germany's most momentous events spanning from the time of the German Empire to the present day. Here are the five most important milestones in its history.

King Wilhelm I Lays the Foundation Stone

King Wilhelm I Lays the Foundation Stone

The Reichstag's foundation stone was laid on June 29th 1884, but construction was finished ten years later. At the time, the building's eclectic architecture attracted a lot of criticism.

The Birth of the Weimar Republic

The Birth of the Weimar Republic

On November 9th 1918, the politician Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the institution of the Weimar Republic from the Reichstag balcony. The German Empire was no more.

The Reichstag Fire

The Reichstag Fire

The Reichstag caught fire on February 27th 1933. The causes are still disputed, but Hitler seized the opportunity to consolidate the Nazis' power through the Reichstag Fire Decree.

German Reunification

German Reunification

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the East German state, German reunification was officially celebrated at the Reichstag on October 3rd 1990.

Parliament Moves Back Into the Reichstag

Parliament Moves Back Into the Reichstag

Following extensive reconstruction, the German parliament moved back into the Reichstag on April 19th 1999. Today, the Reichstag is the second most-visited attraction in Germany.

Our insider tips

Visit the Dome

The Reichstag's famous glass dome offers one of the most spectacular views over Berlin. Admission itself is free, but you must register ahead of time on the Reichstag website – don't miss out! The building is open every day from 8am till midnight, but the last entry is at 10pm.

Take a free tour

For those who want to delve deeper into the Reichstag's rich past, get all the facts and learn all about the building's place within German history, there are tours for visitors. However, demand is high and places go fast, so make sure you book online well ahead of your visit.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Everyday except December 24th. There is sometimes scheduled building work , so check opening hours online.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free
  • Will I need a guide?
    If you'd like to get a real impression of the scale of the Reichstag's history, yes! There are tours of the Reichstag itself combined with the government quarter in Berlin].
  • How to get there
    Easily accessible via Berlin's train system. Closest stop is on the S-Bahn: Berlin Brandenburger Tor
  • Additional information

    • Make sure you have government-issued ID to show when entering the Reichstag - this is necessary in conjunction with your online booking.

    • You must get there 30 minutes or so before your scheduled visit in order to go through security checks.

What people are saying about Reichstag

An informative and fun walking tour with Ken from Dublin

We really enjoyed our tour. Ken was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. He was informative and even his jokes were funny ! We saw all the major sites and increased our knowledge about Berlin and its history many times over. Ken also recommended some other things to do whilst in Berlin which were excellent too. I would recommend this tour at the beginning of your visit to get a broad knowledge about the history of Berlin which you then can use to further explore areas in detail.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Joanne, 19/03/2019

Fantastic tour of major sites throughout East Berlin with Nathan!

Our tour guide Nathan (originally from Chicago) was a fantastic wealth of knowledge throughout our tour across the major sites of East Berlin. While the weather was not fantastic this did not stop the tour being very enjoyable throughout.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Thomas, 10/03/2019

Great tour with an excellent guide, thank you Charlotte, history came

Great tour with an excellent guide, thank you Charlotte for making those history lessons cone to life.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Karen, 09/03/2019

Lovely coffee and cake with beautiful view and access to the Dome.

Well worth the money we really enjoyed the experience. Also 2 out of 4 forgot our ID and the staff sorted this with security for us and were really helpful in ensuring we didn’t miss our experience

Reichstag: Rooftop Coffee Break at Käfer Reviewed by Janine, 28/02/2019

our tour guide Nathan is excellent, the best !

Our tour guide Nathan is really extremely knowledgeable! it was a really amazing tour!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by , 10/01/2019

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