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The Reichstagsgebäude historically hosted both the Lower House of the German Parliament during the Empire as well as the Weimar Republic’s Reichstag until the arson attack that led to the 1933 Reichstag fire. Today, it is the seat of the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its iconic, 23 m (75,5 ft) high glass dome with an observation deck is open for the public to visit. Book a tour in advance to make the most of your stay in Berlin!
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Berlin: Government District around the Reichstag Guided Tour
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Berlin: Plenary Chamber, Dome & Government District Tour
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Berlin: Reichstag, Plenary Chamber, Cupola & Government Tour
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Berlin: Government District Tour and Reichstag Dome Visit
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Berlin: Rooftop Dinner at the Käfer Restaurant Reichstag
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Berlin: Rooftop Lunch at the Reichstag's Käfer Restaurant
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Private 3-Hour Walking Tour of Berlin with Optional Reichstag Visit
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4 tips for visiting the Reichstag building

Reichstag, Berlin | Photo: Reinhard Link CC-BY-SA 2.0
You’ll need to register in advance to take part in a guided tour, and registration is only possible through the German Bundestag. If you want to visit the building spontaneously, it is possible to register up to 2 hours before admission at the visitor services booth near the Berlin-Pavillon. Make sure you have a form of official ID with you for registration! As visiting the Reichstag is a popular tourist activity, be there early in the day or prepare for up to 1-2 hours of waiting.
Observation Deck | Photo: Marmontel CC-BY 2.0
The walk up to the observation deck on top of the dome is reasonably long and can take some time, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing!
In general, you’ll be left on your own to visit the dome after a guided tour has been completed, but there are free audio guides available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Dutch and Chinese. There’s also a special audio-guide for children!
For families and disabled guests, there is a side entrance with shorter waiting times left of the main entrance. The Bundestag offers further assistance to disabled visitors through wheelchair accessible facilities, induction loops, tactile models, an audio guide for blind visitors as well as a video guide for deaf visitors of the dome.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the history of the Reichstag building?

The neo-renaissance Reichstag building was built according to plans by architect Paul Wallot between 1884 to 1894. On opening, it became the seat of the German Empire’s, then (following the end of World War I and the fall of the monarchy) the Weimar Republic’s parliament. It remained in this role until the Reichstag fire in 1933. By then, it was used as a venue for exhibitions and for special events only. In 1991, the government of newly-reunified Germany decided to make a symbolic choice to use the building for its parliament again. Read more.

What happened in the Reichstag fire?

On 27 February 1933, the Reichstag building was set ablaze as the result of an arson attack, destroying the old dome and leaving the building unusable for decades. Who exactly carried out the attack is still disputed by historians, but the political consequences were clear: Hitler’s government, which had been in power for less than a month, attributed the fire to a Dutch communist named Marinus van der Lubbe and used the event to suspend civil liberties in Germany. The event provided an excuse to crack down on political opponents through the police and the Sturmabteilung (also known as the SA or Brownshirts). Historians generally agree that the Reichstag fire was a major milestone for the Nazis, allowing them to firmly establish their dictatorship. Read more.

Where did the German parliament meet in the years after the Reichstag fire?

The National Socialists used the neighboring Kroll Opera House to house their parliament, but after WWII, the seat of the government of West Germany moved to the city of Bonn, and parliament met in the Bundeshaus in that city, rather than in Berlin. The German Democratic Republic’s Volkskammer used the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus in Berlin-Mitte before moving to the newly built Palast der Republik in 1976. After Germany’s reunification in 1990, the Reichstag building underwent a major renovation led by British architect Sir Norman Foster that was completed in 1999. Its iconic glass-and-steel dome has become a major landmark for the city of Berlin. Read more.

Is it possible to attend Bundestag sessions?

Yes, you can follow the debates in the Bundestag from the visitors' gallery for about an hour. Seats are limited, however, and you should register early. During session weeks, sessions can be attended at the following times: Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm, Thursdays from 9am to 10pm, Fridays from 9am to 2pm. Read more.

How was the dome constructed?

The dome is made of a skeleton of 24 vertical steel ribs and 17 horizontal steel rings, and a massive 3,000 m² of glass were used in the construction! Two spiral ramps allow visitors to walk along the shell of the dome starting from below the roof terrace to the big observation deck that is 40 m (131 ft) above the ground. Its construction was completed in 1999 when the Reichstag was finally used as a Parliament again. Visitors to Berlin should climb the dome for a great 360-degree-view of the center of the city! Read more.

How long does a visit take?

You should plan to spend at least 2 hours in the building, as the process of admission can take a while and includes an airport-style security screening. A typical guided tour through the building lasts about 1 hour. You’ll usually visit the dome after a tour, and you can spend as much time as you like in the dome and on the roof terrace. The rooftop restaurant Käfer allows for fine dining right next to the Reichstag dome. It is advisable to reserve a table in advance in order to avoid disappointment. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The dome of the Reichstag Building can be visited daily from 8 am to midnight, with final admission at 10 pm. Guided tours are available when Parliament isn’t sitting, daily between 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. It is also possible to watch a plenary sitting of the German Parliament in the public gallery when the Parliament is in session, these take place from 1 pm to 4 pm on Wednesdays, from 9 am to 10 pm on Thursdays, and from 9 am to 2 pm on Fridays. Käfer, the rooftop restaurant of the Reichstag, is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, then again from 7 pm to midnight. Reservations are required for both tours, seats to watch debates, and meals in the restaurant, as you’ll need to be registered in order to pass through the building’s security control.


Admission to the Reichstag, its dome and the terrace on the roof is free. A reservation is required as stated above.


Platz der Republik 1
11011 Berlin

how to get there

The Reichstag building can be reached via U-Bahn lines U55 (to Bundestag), U2 (station Mohrenstraße, about 10 minutes away), or U6 (Friedrichstraße, 5 minutes away). S-Bahn lines S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S25, and S26 stop at Friedrichstraße station, as do regional trains.


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