Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise
- Valid: 1 day
- Optional audio guide
Few buildings can boast as rich a historical heritage as the Berlin's Reichstag, which has witnessed many of Germany's most momentous events spanning from the time of the German Empire to the present day. Here are the five most important milestones in its history.
The Reichstag's foundation stone was laid on June 29th 1884, but construction was finished ten years later. At the time, the building's eclectic architecture attracted a lot of criticism.
On November 9th 1918, the politician Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the institution of the Weimar Republic from the Reichstag balcony. The German Empire was no more.
The Reichstag caught fire on February 27th 1933. The causes are still disputed, but Hitler seized the opportunity to consolidate the Nazis' power through the Reichstag Fire Decree.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the East German state, German reunification was officially celebrated at the Reichstag on October 3rd 1990.
Following extensive reconstruction, the German parliament moved back into the Reichstag on April 19th 1999. Today, the Reichstag is the second most-visited attraction in Germany.
The Reichstag's famous glass dome offers one of the most spectacular views over Berlin. Admission itself is free, but you must register ahead of time on the Reichstag website – don't miss out! The building is open every day from 8am till midnight, but the last entry is at 10pm.
For those who want to delve deeper into the Reichstag's rich past, get all the facts and learn all about the building's place within German history, there are tours for visitors. However, demand is high and places go fast, so make sure you book online well ahead of your visit.
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You might think that 2 hours are not enough to cover Germany's 3rd reich and cold war history, but this was actually one of the most comprehensive and interesting tours we've had. Our guide was patient, considerate, culture-sensitive (we're Jewish) but above all - had a very deep understanding of German history and explained it to us perfectly. Super recommended.
jess was a very informative and great tour guide throughout the duration of the walking tour. we have learned a lot about the city of Berlin and its History thanks to him! I highly recommend it should you plan to visit the capital city and have a great knack for History and stories.
The guide Jamie was amazing and had structured the tour perfectly. It came around everything you have to experience as a tourist in Berlin. In addition, Jamie added small fun facts which made the tour fun as well
Our guide, Ciarán was very nice and friendly! He was able to answer everyone’s questions and had quite the knowledge about the german history!
I had a fantastic time during the tour and would highly recommend it to everyone.