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Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

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Discover Berlin’s unique story on a 2-hour walking tour. Enjoy a smaller group experience, starting from Brandenburg Gate and encompassing a long…

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5 Milestones in the History of the Reichstag

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.

King Wilhelm I Lays the Foundation Stone

King Wilhelm I Lays the Foundation Stone

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.

The Birth of the Weimar Republic

The Birth of the Weimar Republic

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 Fire

The Reichstag Fire

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.

German Reunification

German Reunification

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.

Parliament Moves Back Into the Reichstag

Parliament Moves Back Into the Reichstag

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.

Our insider tips

Visit the Dome

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.

Take a free tour

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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Everyday except December 24th. There is sometimes scheduled building work , so check opening hours online.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free
  • Will I need a guide?
    If you'd like to get a real impression of the scale of the Reichstag's history, yes! There are tours of the Reichstag itself combined with the government quarter in Berlin].
  • How to get there
    Easily accessible via Berlin's train system. Closest stop is on the S-Bahn: Berlin Brandenburger Tor
  • Additional information

    • Make sure you have government-issued ID to show when entering the Reichstag - this is necessary in conjunction with your online booking.

    • You must get there 30 minutes or so before your scheduled visit in order to go through security checks.

What people are saying about Reichstag

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 17,930 reviews

Engrossing, highly informative and good fun at the same time

This was a great tour! I’m a Brit and worked in Berlin for 3.5 years but never really had the chance to explore the city in depth, and my girlfriend is Bulgarian and lived under Communism and wanted to see a little of the former East Berlin. This tour was great for both of us. The groups are deliberately kept small, I think there were 11 people on our tour, a mix of Brits and Americans, very good humoured, some real laughs along the way. Our Guide - Josh, was excellent, he informed but also elicited answers and discussions from the group on places we had just visited. There was no pressure to get involved, but everyone took part anyway because of the thought provoking subject matter of the tour and what we were seeing. This was the best thing we did in Berlin during our 4 day break there and we would recommend it to anyone wanting to see below the ‘surface’ of Berlin. Thanks Josh! Steve and Liya

Incredibly informative tour delivered with humour and poignance

Doing things a bit backwards we booked ourselves in this tour on our last day and realised we missed a few tricks. We had the fortune to be led by Rob S of Manchester who was excellent in terms of his breadth of knowledge for his adopted city. He was incredibly relatable and ensured every member of our large & diverse group felt included. His mancunian humour came out when interacting with members of the group and discussing the nuances & quirks of Berlin & its inhabitants. However it must be said that what this awesome city has endured is inconceivable to us westerners and liberal thinkers fortunate to live in democratic societies and Rob's ability to help us visualise what living in those conditions was like was incredible. Would recommend in a heartbeat and he was so true in that you cannot visit this city only once as we will be coming back and will definitely book another tour.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by

Great views of Berlin from an amazing building

Interesting and informative guide. We did run into problems getting in due to entrances being blocked off and security guards deployed at one every entrance due to events happening on the day. The guide was determined to get us in and did not give up which many others may have done. It was almost two tours in one. Gave us an idea how it must that been to get over the wall before it was torn down. Lol. The building itself is stunning and a great deal of thought has gone into it from an architectural and functional point of view. The views a stunning. Well recommended. I. Would have giver it five stars if not for the entrance problems but that was definitely not the fault of the tour guide.

Berlin: Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Dome Reviewed by

So worth it! It was an incredibly fun and in-depth look at the city.

Scott was absolutely phenomenal, he shared insights and wisdom into not only the history and the story of the city but into the people, culture and art as well. I absolutely loved and valued how he invited us to explore the deeper meaning of each aspect on our own and allowed us to come to our own informed conclusions from what we felt and the knowledge he shared with us. It takes someone pretty special to make such a heartbreaking story so powerful and beautifully inspiring.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by

Engaging, interesting guide and perfect duration

I was searching for a tour rich in history and within a walking duration of 3 hours in Berlin for my family, as my dad has a bad knee but we were all keen to learn more about the Third Reich and Cold War. Our guide was very clear and engaging, and my dad walked the tour perfectly well. I would recommend this to everyone seeking a perfectly balanced walking tour in Berlin.

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