The visually impressive glass dome of the Reichstag parliament building is a must-see in Berlin.
A visit to the seat of parliament is a must when exploring any capital city. Berlin’s Reichstag, with its fascinating history and design, is no exception. The fire of 1933, which Hitler blamed on the communists in order to instate his emergency powers, completely destroyed its plenary hall and original cupola. Reconstructed by Sir Norman Foster after the reunification of Germany in 1990, the current glass dome, also meant to symbolize transparency in parliament, is designed to reflect natural light into the parliament chamber with a system of mirrors, making it visually and technically impressive. You can go up to the top, where there is also the Käfer rooftop restaurant and large viewing terrace with magnificent views of Tiergarten. Admission is free, but photo ID and advance registration online are required. Platz der Republik 1, T: 030 22732152, www.bundestag.de