The Reichstag, the German parliament, competes with the almost adjacent triumphal arch of the Brandenburg Gate as Berlin’s most famous landmark. The solid neoclassical Reichstag itself is most famous for being set alight in 1933, allegedly by communists, which enabled the Nazi party to impose martial law and suspend democracy for what soon became a brutal dictatorship. Equally famously, the Reichstag became a symbol of the Allied victory at the end of World War II, as Soviet soldiers raised their flag on the roof after heavy fighting that left scores of bullet holes around some Reichstag windows—patched but still visible today. Then, in 1999, the reunified German parliament moved back in after extensive renovations and the addition of a flashy cupola by British architect Sir Norman Foster. This giant glass dome, with its central supporting mirrored column, is now the building’s main attraction and provides superb 360-degree views of the city. Avoid long lines at the entrance by arriving early or late, or by booking at the Käfer Dachgarten restaurant.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Bundestag