The Reichstag is where Germany’s parliament meets since the government of the reunited Germany moved to its capital Berlin. The building was refurbished for the purpose and equipped with a Norman Foster-designed glass dome. The dome and the rooftop terrace are now among Berlin’s major attractions.
The highly recommended visit is free of charge but an on-line booking and registration is required. Visitors can walk around the rooftop and ascend to the top of the glass dome on a spiral walkway.
The glass dome opens at eight in the morning and the last admission is at ten in the evening. We timed our recent visit to coincide with the sunset, which provided both for great light to take pictures and for slightly cooler temperatures inside the dome.
The terrace and rooftop offer views of the Brandenburg gate, the Spree river and the surrounding government buildings. The complimentary audio guide highlights the main sights if you are inclined to listen.