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“Great View” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reichstag Building

Reichstag Building
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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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

Great free visit! must book in advance, two buildings in one. The views and history are very interesting

Visited February 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

This is honestly one of the places you have to invest your time, especially if you only have one day at Berlin. It is important to see where the German President (Currently Angela Merkel) decides all the German Laws, to realize how the building and the surroundings changed throughout WW2, and the exquisit set of mirrors, designed to give extra energy efficiency to the building, and how clever it was implemented in the type of buinding it is. It was the first time I saw something as neat and well implemented as that, so it was added value for me. You can visit this for free, as long as you pass half an hour getting the green paper to visit it before, and you get an audio recording with your language, explaining what you can see from the building's dom.

Visited February 2014
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Watford, Hertfordshire
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“Amazing views and interesting.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

I had been told about this place from a friend and was advised to book ahead. The online booking process is very easy and it gave me numerous dates/times to choose from. The best bit is that it's free for EU citizens, just take your passport with you on the day. You get to see parliament in session and some amazing views and get to hear some interesting facts about the building itself as well as what you can see from it. The commentary comes from an audio tour which I recommend (& I usually hate "tours") as you can take it at your own pace. Great for disabled access too. Nearest s bahn station is Brandenburger Gate (across the street) and the bus 100 stops right outside too. Leave about an hour or so for your trip, but definitely try to go if you're able to.

Visited February 2014
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“Reichstag - Impressive in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

Went on the Dome tour (basically just go at your own pace). Appointments (you must have passport or driving licence) at the office across from the building. Once in, an audio guide is available (free) & a copy of the Reichstag booklet (free). great photo opportunities over Berlin as you wind your way up & down the dome & read some of the info on the history of the place. took me about 40 mins. 300 yards from Brandenburg Gate. Well worth a visit to about the most important political building in Europe in modern times.

Visited February 2014
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“Worth the time it takes to get a reservation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

A visit to the Reichstag dome is free, but you must first register in an external office that sits catty-corner to the Reichstag main building (southwesterly). You must present your passport and choose a time. Then the staff will give you a green sheet of paper which you must take to the main security checkpoint outside the barriers around the Reichstag building. Here you will pass through metal detectors and have bags X-rayed. I traded my Swiss Army Knife for a card with a number on it (and was then able to retrieve it after my visit). Once past the checkpoint, a staff member will escort a group of visitors to the elevator where you will be handed off to the elevator operator.

Up in the dome, you're on your own. The audioguide is actually quite informative, and is tethered to proximity sensors around the walkway to the top of the dome. It can tell where you are, and will give directions like "let's stop here a moment" or "now let's keep walking." I suggest you follow them! They are very well-coordinated and the information about various other buildings in Berlin's skyline is interesting and complete.

The dome itself, and the various electromechanical features of the building were tremendously interesting to my ears, and even if you're not of a mechanical bent, taking a picture of yourself reflected in the spire of mirrors is worth the trip.

Visited February 2014
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