Visit to the Reichstag in Berlin: timetables, prices and tips

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One of the undisputed symbols of German history is the Reichstag, the house of the German Parliament. Its alternating vicissitudes of destruction and rebirth have walked hand in hand over the centuries with the dramatic historical vicissitudes of Germany: from the rise of Hitler to the Second World War. Today this impressive building, seat of the Bundestag, the German Federal Parliament, is a must for tourists who are preparing to organize a stay in lively Berlin. The undisputed core of the attraction is the evocative dome designed by the English architect Norman Foster, from which you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the city.



Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. Where is it and how to get there
  4. What to see and how to visit the Berlin Reichstag
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

Visit the Reichstag for free and its fabulous dome is possible, but in order to admire all the beauties of this palace it is necessary to book the visit online, by fax or by post.

  • Mon-Sun 08: 00-24: 00 (last admission at 22:00)
  • Best time to avoid queues: when opening, at lunch and dinner time, at 22pm
  • entry to the Reichstag and the dome is free
  • Any other business: you must book the guided tour online or follow the procedure on the appropriate portal. The terrace and dome are closed on 24 and 31 December from 16pm. The dome cannot be visited from 00 to 9 April, from 13 to 16 July, from 20 to 17 September and from 21 to 22 October

Online tickets and guided tours

  • Government district and Reichstag dome: from € 15,00 per person - find out more
  • Coffee break in the panoramic restaurant: from € 20,00 per person - find out more
  • Berlin Reichstag and lunch at the Käfer panoramic restaurant: from € 60,00 per person - find out more

Where is it and how to get there

The Reichstag is about 3 km from the center of Berlin, a distance that can be easily traveled by means of transport. Moving on foot is, however, recommended only for lovers of long and pleasant treks through the streets of the city.



  • On foot: from the center in about half an hour - Get directions
  • By bus: lines 100 and TXL. travel time: about 10 minutes
  • By metro: Blue line (U55) from Berlin Hauptbahnhof station to U Bundestag stop. Journey time: about 3 minutes

What to see and how to visit the Berlin Reichstag

One of the most visited attractions in Berlin is the Reichstag, which is its parliament! It was inaugurated in 1894, but it didn't last long: in 1933 it was set on fire and then remained in a state of neglect, due to all the vicissitudes. With the collapse of the wall, the renovation work began, led by the architect Norman Foster, which ended in 1999.

Today is It is possible to visit its dome, which has now become a real symbol! The visit is free, but it must necessarily book access to the official website by filling out an online form and arriving at the entrance at least 15 minutes in advance. However, by taking a private tour you can discover the history of the Reichstag and enjoy the spectacular views from the roof of the building.
At the entrance all security checks will be carried out (bring your passport or identity card with you), at the end of which you will be accompanied to the entrance and you will be given an audio-guide, also available in Italian! Once inside, you can walk on the walkway that runs along the entire dome and admire a wonderful panorama of the whole city!


Useful tips for visiting the attraction

Le guided tours of the Reichstag and the dome are regulated by an online reservation (or by fax, or by post) valid only for the current month or for the following ones. Inside the dome, access is allowed only up to a maximum of 25 people, every 15 minutes.


  1. Get up earlySecurity checks are tight and there may be queues at the entrance. Reach the attraction at least one hour before opening (around 07:00);
  2. Buy the city card: the Berlin Welcome Card allows you to take advantage of exclusive discounts, as well as free access to public transport, to reach the Reichstag;
  3. Visit reservation: to book the online visit, remember to have all the data of the participants (name, surname, date of birth) and to always have an original identity document of each of them;
  4. Minimum time: it is advisable to spend at least 2 hours inside the Reichstag;
  5. Special accesses: Disabled people, customers who have booked a place in the restaurant inside the structure and visitors accompanied by small children benefit from a special entrance, indicated by the staff.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The construction and subsequent destruction and subsequent "rebirth" of the Reichstag building is a true emblem of German history since the 1871th century. Work to erect the future house of the German Parliament began after 10, with the actual foundation stone being placed only years later. A legend linked to the palace narrates that, on July 9, 1884, Emperor William I struck the first stone as a sign of good luck three times, before breaking the pickaxe he had used to strike it.

The palace was the victim of a disastrous fire on February 27, 1933, one month after Adolf Hitler's appointment as Reich Chancellor, in circumstances not yet clarified. Wounded by the terrible bombings that took place during the Second World War, the Reichstag was rebuilt between 1961 and 1971 devoid of its characteristic dome, which was added by Sir Foster only in 1992.

In addition to the famous dome, its panoramic terrace and the large one plenary room Below the extraordinary conical glass structure, the Reichstag also offers other important attractions to admire:



  • On the second floor, we find the Reception room of the President of the Bundestag and the Meeting Room of the Council of Elders;
  • going up a floor, it is possible to attend the sessions and political debates of the various parties in the classroom, visit the pressroom and the meeting rooms of each political group: a real "dive" into the rooms of power.

Inside, finally, the seat of the Parliament also houses a suggestive panoramic restaurant, which offers the most unique opportunity to have a meal while admiring amazing Berlin from above.


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