The Reichstag building was constructed to house the parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and used until the 1933 when under mysterious circumstances, it was severely damaged by fire. During the Battle of Berlin Russian soldiers fought their way through Alt-Moabit (a district in Berlin) to reach the Reichstag. The Reichstag was one of the most important targets for the advancing Red Army to capture due to its cultural and symbolic significance.
The building which had not yet been fully repaired from the fire in 1933, was further damaged by fighting and essentially left in ruins by the end of the war. After the war, the building was restored although it wasn’t until the German government moved from Bonn to Berlin in the 1990’s that the building was used on a regular basis.
Today, visitors can book tours (see bottom of page) to go inside and check out the great view from the glass dome. (Highly recommended).
Address: Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin
How to get there
The Reichstag is conveniently located between Hauptbahnhof (10-15 minutes walk) and the Brandenburger Gate (5 minute walk).
S-Bahn: S5, S7, S75 (Hauptbahnhof)
U-Bahn: U55 (Brandenburger Tor or Bundestag)
Tram: M5, M10 (Hauptbahnhof)
Bus: Many, see map.
Join this 2-hour guided walking tour of Berlin’s Government District and also visit the glass dome of the Reichstag building.
Guided Berlin Government District Walking Tour (Opens new window)
Within 10 minutes walk
It is common to see scam artists operating in this area. If you are approached by a person holding a clipboard, or if they ask “Do you speak English”, ignore them and walk away. For more information on this topic, please see our Safety and Crime page.
The Reichstag is part of our Top World War II sights in Berlin guide, be sure to check that out if you are interested in the events of World War II.