Here are some more photos of the Reichstag building in Berlin. In my previous post, I wrote a little bit about the Reichstag’s history. This time, it will be about my visit.
When we booked our train ride from Düsseldorf to Berlin, we only had a weekend. We left Friday around noon and arrived in the evening. Sunday, we had to leave at noon to be back home in the evening. This left us with one day to explore Berlin. Of course, the Reichstag was one of the places we wanted and had to see. Through a friend, we found out that the easiest way to get into the Reichstag is with a reservation at the restaurant ‘Käfer’, which is located on the roof of the Reichstag building. It’s possible to just register for a guided tour, too, but I heard it’s better to register two weeks in advance for this option. So, we reserved a table Monday afternoon, heard back Tuesday, and had to send some personal information (name, date of birth, birthplace). They will forward that to the police so they can do a little background check.
At the Reichstag, you will have to go through a small security check. One person will take a look at your ID; then you’ll walk through security comparable to airport security (without the full body scanner and you can leave your shoes on). A guide will walk a group of people to the Reichstag and take an elevator upstairs. We went straight to the restaurant, had some coffee and cake (it wasn’t as expensive as I expected), hiked up to the dome, and around the roof. The dome is amazing. Inside the dome, visitors can read a lot of information about the Reichstag and its history. Take your time; nobody will chase you out. The staff is polite and friendly. I stopped to take a photo inside the lobby while the whole group left the building and nobody cared or asked me to hurry up.
I highly recommend visiting the Reichstag. It’s a place well-known thanks to history books but standing on the roof of this building is something completely different. Even if you’re not interested in history, the dome itself is worth the visit.
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