There is a lot to see and explore in Berlin, but since the Reichstag Building is one of the most visited attractions in Germany, I had to go and see it. As it stands today, after the reconstruction, which was completed in 1999, the building houses the Bundestag (German federal parliament). It’s open to visitors, and it is worth going to the rooftop where there is a large glass dome. It has a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape. The parliament’s main hall (debating chamber) below can also be seen from inside the dome, and natural light from above radiates down to the parliament floor. A large sun shield tracks the movement of the sun electronically and blocks direct sunlight. I am glad I went to see it, the views are great, and the dome’s architecture is imposing. Below are a few photographs from my visit:
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Here are 10 little-known facts about the Reichstag Building in Berlin:
- The Reichstag Building was initially constructed in 1894 to house the parliament of the German Empire, known as the Reichstag.
- The building was heavily damaged in a fire in 1933, which the Nazis used as a pretext to arrest opposition leaders and establish their grip on power.
- During World War II, the Reichstag was heavily damaged by Allied bombing and was left in ruins for many years after the war.
- In the 1960s and 1970s, the building was used as a training ground for the East German Stasi, who practiced climbing and other espionage techniques on the ruined structure.
- After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the building was restored and modernized by British architect Norman Foster, who added a glass dome to the roof.
- The dome, made of 3,000 tons of steel and glass, provides a 360-degree view of the city and is accessible to the public.
- The dome is designed to be environmentally friendly, using natural ventilation to regulate temperature and reduce the need for air conditioning.
- The dome is also equipped with solar panels, which generate a significant portion of the building’s energy needs.
- The Reichstag Building is the site of many important political events in modern German history, including the reunification of Germany in 1990 and the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.
- Visitors can tour the building and the dome and even watch the proceedings of the German parliament from a visitors’ gallery. However, advanced booking is required and security checks are strict.