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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Reichstag

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There were 15 of us on the tour which was not a problem and this is the largest group the company would take. Eran was an Israeli guide who was extremely helpful and sympathetic to the situation of the gipsies and Roma Who were killed in the Second World War. We visited some interesting sites that I have not seen before and his attention to detail and willingness to explain was superb.

There was a slight problem finding the guide, but this was not his fault in anyway. He was very patient waiting for me and in fact I was the only person on the tour. The company actually told me I was in the wrong place until I queried this and the guide, Matthew emailed me to sort things out.

Never expected an immersion city tour can be that tempting and captivating. Very unusual experience with great dosing of culture and history. Should say I also liked the guide very much.

Xavier gave us a great tour and the time went by very quickly. Really friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you!

Absolutely excellent. Well explained history with personal touches. Highly recommend!