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Published May 7th 2020
Keeping and eye on democracy from above
There are many reasons to visit the Reichstag Building in Berlin, be it for the view of the city a lesson in history or one of the few times you'll ever get to watch politicians at work.
Here you'll find the centre of German democracy looking down from the glass dome that sits above where the politicians sit in parliament. The dome also provides natural light into the building, helping to reduce their energy costs.
This is one of the top tourist attractions in Berlin and with it being free, there is a constant stream of people visiting. They have a timed entry system to control the number of people coming in to ensure that it never becomes too crowded. However, many of the daytime entry times can be booked out months in advance, so it is best to plan your visit early if you have a tight schedule. You can book a timeslot online.
It is also possible to go to the nearby tourist information office, who has a limited number of time slots available each day. However, you may have to queue up. We got lucky - after being in the queue for 30 minutes, we managed to get a time slot for the next day.
When you arrive at the building at your allocated time, you go through a security check then get ushered towards the lift where they cram you in like sardines in a tin to take you up to the top of the building.
Once you get to the top, the view of Berlin is fantastic.
Up on the roof level, you can collect an audio guide that you can listen to as you make your way up the twisting ramp. As you head up and down the inside of the dome, the guide automatically changes the information it gives you depending on which part of the building you are in and points out what you should be able to see from the section your in.
A great time to visit would be around sunset as you should be able to get some great pictures over Berlin.
There is also a restaurant on the rooftop which is open from 9 am to 5 pm for breakfast, lunch and light snacks and dinner from 7 pm they close it between 5 pm and 7 pm.