10 years in the making, the Reichstag was completed in 1894. Already subject to controversy – because it was taller than Emperor Whilhelm II's castle, the palace suffered the vagaries of history on multiple occasions. In February 1933, the infamous Reichstag fire was used as pretext by Nazis to justify repressive measures imposed on the opposition. Almost completely destroyed by World War II bombings, the monument has been rebuilt between 1961 and 1971 in simplified form. The glass cupola that overlooks the palace is a sign of its newfound modernity.
One year after German Reunification in 1990, the Reichstag building became the country's Parliament. Today, you can visit the cupola's terrace, offering unobstructed views onto Berlin. It's free of charge, but you may want to book your visit a couple of days beforehand.
Platz der Republik 1
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