SIGHT­SEE­ING

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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

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