Visit Berlin: The Reichstag Building | GoOn Berlin
the impressive Reichstag building went through many changes during his history.
It was constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire, after the unification of Germany in the 19th century.
Between two world wars, the building continued to be the seat of the parliament of the Weimar Republic.
And on the night of the 27th of February 1933, the mighty building was severely damaged after being set on fire. Less than a month after Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor and a week before the general elections. The house of parliament burned down.
The cause of the fire is still a mystery, but this event gave the Nazi party a green light for political persecutions and to establish a dictatorship in Germany.
On the 2nd of May 1945, during the bottle of berlin and two days after Hitler committed suicide. A famous picture was taken on top of the Reichstag, showing a soviet soldier Raising a Flag over the Reichstag, while the ruins of Berlin in the background. A symbol of victory over Nazi Germany, and the end of WWII in Europe.
Today, the reconstructed Reichstag is home for the federal parliament of Germany, the Bundestag, and attract many visitors every day. its new glass dome is the main attraction for tourists. there you can see a panoramic view of the surrounding city and have a sneak peak over the members of parliament beneath you.
Just don’t forget to book your ticket a few weeks in advance over their website.
Right next to the Reichstag, stands the Paul-Löbe-Haus, a function building of the German Bundestag. And in front of it, the German Chancellery. A beautiful, and somewhat controversial, building with many funny and inappropriate nick names.
Right next to it the bank of the River Spree is a place to relax and have a cold drink. After that Cross the Gustav-Heinemann bridge that leads to the central bus station the: Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
Take a moment to appreciate the largest train station in Europe, a symbol of economic power and innovation of modern Germany. Almost 300,000 passengers are using this station every day traveling around the city and all over Europe.
On the northern balcony of the station, you can find The Rolling Horse statue of a steel horse taking a shape of a wheel. through the four rounded windows in its base you can see pieces of the old Lehrter Bahnhof. The old train station that stood here before it was heavily damaged in WWII.
Another symbol of how modern Germany rebuilt itself as a powerful country.