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Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

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Discover Berlin’s unique story on a 2-hour walking tour. Enjoy a smaller group experience, starting from Brandenburg Gate and encompassing a long…

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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

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 17,930 reviews

Great views of Berlin from an amazing building

Interesting and informative guide. We did run into problems getting in due to entrances being blocked off and security guards deployed at one every entrance due to events happening on the day. The guide was determined to get us in and did not give up which many others may have done. It was almost two tours in one. Gave us an idea how it must that been to get over the wall before it was torn down. Lol. The building itself is stunning and a great deal of thought has gone into it from an architectural and functional point of view. The views a stunning. Well recommended. I. Would have giver it five stars if not for the entrance problems but that was definitely not the fault of the tour guide.

Berlin: Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Dome Reviewed by

Good coffee and an enjoyable cake with a view over Berlin

Yes, the coffee and cake were enjoyable but the glass dome was closed for cleaning which was disappointing. It was a very grey, wet day so the view was spoilt by a general dinginess. Berlin is an interesting, vibrant city with many exciting things to do and see but it is not a very photogenic town. I have enjoyed better views than the one offered by the top of the Reichstag.

Reichstag: Rooftop Coffee Break at Käfer Reviewed by

A very informative tour with a great guide

Taylor brought the history of Berlin to life, he struck a great balance between entertaining and informative and the 2 hours flew by! Even as someone who has previously studied these subjects there was new and interesting information and stories on the tour. Thank you to Taylor for a thoroughly enjoyable morning!

Entertaining guide - explained everything so well. Thank you Nikolai!

We had managed to visit a number of attractions before doing this tour - Nikolai added so much depth to what we had seen. In fact there were things we hadn’t even noticed which were significant places and memorials. So pleased we took this walking tour.

Sam Z is awesome and the best guide. Highly recommend!

The tour was awesome but partly because Sam Z was so excellent. It's a long time to be with someone and he made the entire tour engaging! Highly recommend to anyone visiting Berlin and not just for the first time.

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