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“Impressive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Reichstag Building

Reichstag Building
Platz der Republik | Tiergarten, 11011 Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
+49 (0)30 227 32152
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Ranked #4 of 405 Attractions in Berlin
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Situated just north of the Brandenburg Gate, this building houses the German Parliament and was the seat of the Weimar Republic government until it was seized by the Nazis in 1933.
Hexham
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“Impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

A friend recommended booking online in advance which was an excellent tip. We only went up to the dome rather than also booking a tour as we wanted to see other things elsewhere. The dome is very impressive architecturally as well as what one can see as you walk up the spiral walkway. We arrived relatively early so it was not too busy but it filled up and was very busy by the time we left.

Visited January 2014
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“Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to Berlin. The tour is free of charge (wow!) and the guide was very well prepared. We booked the tickets online in advance and I suggest you do the same if you want to skip the queues. Even if you have the tickets beforehand you must arrive at least 15 minutes earlier for the security check!
The guide took us inside the Bundestag building and the Committees' building, which is overwhelmingly big. We could also see river Spree and the National Library from afar.
Of course, we were impressed by the Dome's architecture, which is wonderfully lit up at night and the panorama of the city from above is quite spectacular.

Tip: Go in the evening if you want spectacular photos of the Dome!

Visited December 2013
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“Interesting place to visit, but book early”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

If you want to get the date and time tour you would like then book online early (months in fact) . It is easy to book on the internet and make sure if you want the English speaking tour to click the right box. There is little chance of getting on an English speaking tour if you do a walk up. Security is tight and you will take a while to get through the system. Just go with the flow. Once inside the building it is really worthwhile. Our tour guide had an excellent knowledge of the history and the workings of the German parliament. On a guided tour you get to go through the back areas as well. The real highlight is when at the end of the tour you go up to the roof and then can go up the spire and get the best view of Berlin. The artwork is magnificent and the guide explained many of the pieces. The main chamber is very impressive.

Visited November 2013
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newark
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“Interesting but somewhat overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

While the building is interesting and has a place in German history is is a little bland and security is understandably tight.

The new dome is very impressive, especially the interior mirrored spiral, a trip up the walk way give goods views over the city which in itself is not very spectacular and lacks the charm and vibrancy of places such as Prague, Paris, Rome and Bucharest.

We we glad we have seen it, but there is nothing that encourages us to return.

Visited December 2013
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“We saw the top only”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We couldn't get in to tour the building due to the government meeting that day. However we ate at the top with good food and a view of the city. A great experience to walk around the glass dome- beautiful.

Visited December 2013
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