The Reichstag building is one of the most popular places in Berlin. Maybe it is one of the most famous places in Germany. Everyone knows the photo of the Soviet soldier hoisting the Soviet flag. A few remember the reunification ceremony from 1990, and a few more might have heard of the Reichstag fire in 1933.
For German standards, the building is relatively young. Construction was completed in 1894. 39 years long, it was the parliament building for the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. In 1916, during World War I, Wilhelm II. added the inscription “Dem deutschen Volke”, which means “For the German people”. Then, not even a month after the National Socialists came to power, an arson attack burned the building down. More than 80 years later, it is still not 100% cleared who caused the fire. Marinus Van der Lubbe, the most likely reason, or the National Socialists themselves to initiate the Reichstag Fire Degree, which had serious consequences and helped to establish Hitler’s dictatorship. During World War II, the building took severe damage, and it wasn’t until 1960 when the building was renovated.
After the reunification, the parliament decided to move back to Berlin. In 1999, reconstruction finished and the parliament moved in.
I have more photos of the Reichstag and I will upload a few more in the next few days.
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