Berlin allows you to step into the past by visiting various buildings used during crucial times in history. One of them is the Reichstag building, a historical edifice constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. It fell into disuse after World War II but with time it became a touristic attraction and remembrance of a past empire.
The Dome of the Reichstag building:
Besides its very important historical value, the construction offers a very unique experience to the contemporary visitor. The large glass dome at the very top of the Reichstag building has a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape whilst a large sun shield tracks the movement of the sun electronically. At the same time it blocks direct sunlight which would not only cause large solar gain, but dazzle those below.
Reichstag/Bundestag (Berlin): 100, M85
Marschallbrücke (Berlin): TXL
Brandenburger Tor (Berlin) (S+U): TXL
Karlplatz (Berlin): TXL
Bundestag (Berlin) (U): U55
Brandenburger Tor (Berlin) (S+U): U55
Brandenburger Tor (Berlin) (S+U): S1, S2, S25
Admission is free but advance registration is required.
Opening hours: 8 am – 11 pm
The rooftop terrace and the dome are closed all day on 24th December and from 4 pm onwards on 31st December.