Berlin was one of the best cities I’ve ever been too. I didn’t expect to love it so much, but during the couple of days I visited I had the best time – there’s so much to see and do! I’ve already written a blog post about the itinerary I followed over the 24 hours of actually “sightseeing” in Berlin, so if you want to check that out I’ll leave a link here.
In today’s post, I wanted to specifically talk about the Reichstag Building, which is a parliamentary building in Berlin. After a fire devastated the Reichstag it had to be reconstructed, and the “Reichstag Dome” was added to the top of the building as part of the renovations. The Dome has now become a popular tourist attraction where tourists are given a 360 panoramic view of Berlin and a peek into it’s history – for free.The Dome is a glass, circular room at the top of the Reichstag, which gives you awesome views of Berlin city. Upon arrival, security is tight, and you HAVE to take your passport with you to be allowed entry. Baggage checks and random security searches also take place, so bear in mind this will take time. You are then taken to inside, where you wait in line to get into an elevator to take you to the dome. The dome includes a gradual slope to the open-aired top, with various points you stop at to hear the audio guide. On the way down, it’s the same concept. I would say it’s wheelchair friendly, and the slope isn’t very steep.
At the entrance to the dome, you are offered a free audio guide – take one! They are really informative, explaining all the buildings you can see along the skyline, as well as recommending what to visit during you stay in Berlin, and telling you stories about the city’s history. These guides are offered in a tonne of languages as well as a kiddies guide and are free of charge.Like I mentioned, the guide talks about possible things for you to discover in Berlin. From the guide we visited a place called “Hamburger Bahnhof”, where you can see real Andy Warhol prints! I was SO excited about that! If we hadn’t of visited the Reichstag, I wouldn’t have found about it! It was such a bonus to add to the awesome things we saw in Berlin.We visited the Reichstag in early February, and it wasn’t too busy. My tips would be to wrap up in the winter months, because the Dome is cold from the open air bit at the top, and to make sure you have plenty of time to get through the security. Also, REMEMBER YOUR PASSPORT! I would say overall we were there for just under two hours. It’s a great attraction to visit if you love views (me), if you are on a budget (it’s free), or if you like history (the audio guides tell you everything you need to know about Berlin’s story). Even on a cloudy day like we had, you could still see for miles.I would definitely recommend a visit if you get the chance – it’s about a 6 minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate, or a 15 minute walk from the Mall of Berlin, plus the trams will get you there pretty quick. It’s a great place for travel on a budget and learn a little about the city you’re visiting along the way. I think I would recommend this over the Fernsehturm TV Tower, just sayin’.
Have you visited Berlin or the Reichstag Building? What did you get up to?
I’d love to know in the comments!