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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

Stunning experience, topped off with wonderful coffee & cake

We loved the rooftop of the Reichstag. The coffee and cake were a real plus. Our only retreat was that the audio guides did not work - so we missed out on some interesting history. I wondered if a small video showing would be possible in several languages, rotated throughout the day. 10 minutes would do it. We hated to miss out on understanding the role it has and continues to play.

Reichstag: Rooftop Coffee Break at Käfer Reviewed by Kathleen, 10/15/2018

I heard a lot of new facts about Germany.

The guide was nice and his speaking clear. He knows his subject and that is what I expect.

German Tour: Reichstag with Plenary Chamber & Cupola Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/03/2018

Really interesting tour through German history, esp Pre and Post WW2

Our tour guide , Marcus, was interesting throughout the tour, making relevant history come alive and linking it to modern issues affecting Europe and the world. Tricky with the dislocation to the start as a result of President Erdogan’s visit but all managed with good humour,

Excellent tour, excellent guide would recomend this tour.

The guide had excellent English and coming from Berlin had excellent knowledge. If you like me have English and no German this is an excellent tour of the Reichstag and Brandenberg gate

Very interesting and informative tour - the Dome is stunning

Our guide was very knowlegable and told us a lot of interesting information about the area around the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag - much of this area was empty space between the sides of the wall during the Cold War era and there are now many new buildings relating to the German Parliament, embassies, etc. The top of the Reichstag is a great viewing point, and the Dome itself is stunning, both in looks and in the function of its design.

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