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One of Berlin’s most popular destinations, the Reichstag, is open for the public to visit free of charge. For many years the monumental construction didn’t serve the purpose for which it was built, but since the German reunification it is once again the seat of parliament. And what a spectacular building! After a massive restoration by architect Norman Foster, the famous glass dome offers a stunning 360 degree view of the city. A column of mirrors casts light into the parliament’s assembly hall.
When the Reichstag reopened in 1999, the design of its 8,000 ton glass dome with a 40-metre diameter was quite controversial. Foster recreated the original dome, which was destroyed in a fire in 1933, in glass as a metaphor for the transparency of democracy. Through the glass dome you can see into the lower assembly hall. Today, the German people can keep a close eye on their elected representatives. One can no longer just walk into the building but the Reichstag still draws approximately 10,000 visitors a day.
“Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe was convicted of burning down the Reichstag”