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Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

1. Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

Visit the stunning Reichstag building, walk around its iconic glass dome, and explore Berlin’s government and parliament quarter on a captivating tour with a German-speaking guide to get a better understanding of Germany’s unique political history. Follow your guide as you take a stroll through Berlin’s parliament quarter along the banks of the River Spree. Walk by the impressive Brandenburger Gate and Pariser Platz and stop and see important governmental structures. Pass through the security check to get into the Reichstag building. Listen to an informative talk in the plenary chamber to learn insightful information about Germany’s parliament and as well as interesting details about the Reichstag building. Find out about the history and architecture of the building and its reconstruction by British architect Sir Norman Foster, which transformed it into one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world. Head up to the top of the Reichstag to experience the highlight of the tour; a visit to the roof terrace and the glass dome of the building. From here you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Berlin.

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Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

2. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

Explore Berlin's top sights on a convenient hop-on hop-off tour. The complete route will take around 2 hours although you'll have the freedom to jump on or off throughout the validity of your ticket. If, for example, you start your tour at Kurfürstendamm, you will pass the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and reach KaDeWe, one of Europe’s largest shopping centers, through Tauentzienstraße. Next you continue on to Lützowplatz and the embassy district at the Tiergarten and over to the Philarmonic and the West Berlin Kulturforum. The next stop is the historically significant Potsdamer Platz. In the 1930s, it was one of the most public squares in Berlin. After the Second World War, this was no man’s land, where the Berlin Wall divided the city. Today, seeing the vibrant life and the newly erected towers reminiscent of New York’s urban canyons, you will hardly believe that for years there was nothing here other than the Berlin Wall, spring-guns and GDR soldiers. Also, the Legoland Discovery Center is on Potsdamer Platz. From there, continue to Berlin’s other important historical sites. In the Niederkirchner Straße you can find the city parliament, the Martin-Gropius-Bau, a museum with changing exhibitions, the Topography of Terror, which exhibits the history of the Nazis and of the Jews’ suffering under the Nazis, as well as the Ministry of Finance, which was once the Nazi Ministry of Aviation. From there you drive on to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the former border crossings between East and West Berlin. A permanent exhibition looks back at the Cold War period. On Friedrichstraße you come across one of the nicest spots in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt, with two similar buildings, the German and French Cathedrals. The Konzerthaus Berlin is in the middle of the square. After the Gendarmenmarkt it’s on to Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower. The stop for these sights is the Neptune Fountain. This used to be the Berlin City Palace. Here you will also have the opportunity to go shopping. The next stop is Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, in front of the Radisson Hotel. From here you can transfer on to a boat if you wish to experience Berlin by boat as well as bus. Also, the Aquadom, Sealife Berlin and the Berlin Dungeon are located at this stop, as well as the Berlin Cathedral, which holds the sarcophagi of the Hohenzollern family. From here you can also admire the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße. The “Hackeschen Höfe” are only a few minutes away. Next you'll go over the glamorous street Unter den Linden to the Museum Island, Bebelplatz, Humboldt University and to the stops Unter den Linden 36 (Friedrichstrasse) at ZDF Capital City Studios and Unter den Linden 74, where one of Berlin’s most important attractions is located: Madame Tussauds Berlin. From here the ride continues to the Brandenburg Gate. On the way you will see the UK, Russia, France and US embassies, followed by the Holocaust Memorial. The stop there is at Platz des 18. März. The road leads on past the Reichstag and the government district. You will soon reach the new Hauptbahnhof. From here you have the world-famous view of the German Chancellery, the Reichstag and – as a special surprise – Berlin’s “Fujiyama”. Finally you will cross Berlin’s ‘green lung’, the Tiergarten. This park is bigger than New York’s Central Park. The tour then brings you past the Congress Hall to the stop at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the President of Germany. From here you can also see the Siegessäule with the golden Victoria statue at the top. On the way back to Kurfürstendamm you will see, for example, the old Hauptbahnhof of former West Berlin, the Technical University and much more. The stops: 01 - Kurfürstendamm 231 (in front of Karstadt) 02 - KaDeWe (main entrance) 03 - Lützowplatz (opposite Hotel Berlin) 04 - Philharmonic / Kulturforum 05 - Potsdamer Platz (at Kolhoff-Tower) 06 - Potsdamer Platz / Linkstraße 07 - Topography of Terror 08 - Checkpoint Charlie (at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum) 09 - Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafen- / Taubenstraße 10 - Alexanderplatz, Red City Hall, Neptunbrunnen (not in service during the Christmas market in December) 11 - Karl-Liebknecht Str. 5, (to the boat) 12 - Museumsinsel 13 - Humboldt University / Bebelplatz 14 - Unter den Linden 36 / Friedrichstraße 15 - Unter den Linden 74, Madame Tussauds Berlin 16 - Brandenburg Gate, Ebertstraße 17 - Reichstag, Scheidemannstr. 18 - Hauptbahnhof, exit Rahel-Hirsch-Straße 19 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt 20 - Bellevue Palace / Siegessäule / Tiergarten 21 - Bikini Haus, Budapester Straße 22 - U-/S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten

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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

3. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off boat tour ticket that you can redeem at any time. Or, add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

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Berlin: Government District Tour with Reichstag Visit Option

4. Berlin: Government District Tour with Reichstag Visit Option

See the impressive buildings of the parliament quarter along the banks of the Spree, while you stroll down the streets to the Reichstag. Marvel at the main studio of the German television station, the workspaces of the politicians, and the memorial to the victims of the Berlin Wall. Later, enjoy a free unguided presentation in the plenary hall, with a seat under the dome. Learn more about the tasks and duties of the parliament as well as the story behind a building that has played such a significant role in German history. The viewing terrace and the glass dome are definitely the highlights of this tour. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Berlin and spot the television tower, Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Cathedral among other landmarks.

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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

5. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

Hop on an open-top double-decker bus and enjoy fantastic views and the great atmosphere of Berlin. Choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket along 2 different routes and discover the city's history and vibrant culture from the fully narrated audio tour. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the legendary Checkpoint Charlie to the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant culture, diverse architecture, and fascinating history will take your breath away. Explore over 20 locations throughout the city along the red or blue route with daily departures from the starting point at Ku'Damm or Alexanderplatz. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. A choice of two walking tours is included with premium and deluxe tickets. Delve even further into Berlin’s fascinating past and present on one of the two following Big Bus Berlin walking tours: 1) Walking Tour Government District: On this 60-minute walk, you’ll discover the interesting architecture of Berlin’s modern Government District, built after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 11:30 AM in English and German. 2) Walking Tour Berlin History: Your guide will take you on a 90-minute walking tour from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie with highlights including the Holocaust Memorial, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, and captivating stories of the divided Berlin. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 1:00 PM in English and German River cruise included with deluxe ticket: experience Berlin from a different perspective on a 1-hour river cruise on the River Spree right in the heart of the city. Admire unbeatable views of the Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, Nikolai Quarter, and Museum Island. Location: BWSG Pier ‘Alte Börse‘, Burgstrasse 27. 5 minutes’ walk from stop #11: Museumsinsel Red Route (tour duration 2 hours): combines iconic landmarks and opportunities to appreciate the arts, with the greener side of this city and the explosive food scene. Bus stops include: • Ku’Damm • KaDeWe Department Store • Brandenburg Gate • Reichstag • Victory Column • Checkpoint Charlie • Berlin Wall • Holocaust Memorial • Gendarmenmarkt Square • Potsdamer Platz • Topography of Terror • Alexanderplatz • Alexa Shopping Centre • Neptune Fountain • Museum Island • Madame Tussauds • Central Station • Bellevue Palace Blue route (tour duration: 40 minutes): experience old berlin, stopping at the monumental boulevard Karl-Marx-Allee and the most symbolic landmark of unified Berlin, the East Side Gallery. Bus stops include: • Alexanderplatz • Karl-Marx-Allee • Ostbahnhof • East Side Gallery

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Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

6. Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a bike tour with an expert guide cycling by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide, pick your bike, and set off to discover the German capital. Peddle alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburger Gate, peddle past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful graffiti art and get a taste of local life as you ride past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries in trendy neighborhoods. Head back to return your bike and don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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

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

Hear about the tumultuous contemporary history of Berlin in a nutshell on a two-hour small-group or private walking tour. Meet your tour guide in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the site of many changes in 20th-century Berlin. Listen to expert commentary about the last days of the Second World War and hear how the gate came to be a symbol of reunification in Germany after 1989.  Next, learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Here you’ll delve deep into the key events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, what happened to this building since the fall of the wall in 1989 and how it is used today. Continue your whistlestop sightseeing tour via the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, you’ll have the chance to examine Soviet military hardware, tangible sources of the history of the city.  From here you’ll move onto the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. After seeing the site of Hitler’s Bunker you’ll progress onto Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building, later the site of the founding of the GDR in 1949. Next, you’ll head to see where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. Contemplate life on both sides of the Berlin Wall while gathering around a 200-meter long stretch of the wall. Despite the wall falling 30 years ago, standing here allows you to absorb the very palpable history of the city. Round off the walk with a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, where your guide will finish the tour with anecdotes about the infamous American versus Soviet tank standoff and the final hours before the wall fell.

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Berlin: Rooftop Breakfast at Käfer in the Reichstag Dome

8. Berlin: Rooftop Breakfast at Käfer in the Reichstag Dome

Pre-book your reserved entry and breakfast at the Käfer restaurant to enjoy stunning views of Berlin from the glass dome at the top of the Reichstag building, home to the German parliament. Experience the world’s only parliament building with a restaurant open to the public.  Enter Germany’s parliament building and take your seat at a reserved table within the glass cube on the rooftop. Sit back and take in the views as you are served organic bread rolls, wholemeal bread, a danish pastry, and a croissant.  Savor homemade jams and butter, a selection of cheeses (tête de moine, Bavaria blu, picandou, and organic tilsiter), different meats (air-dried ham, paprika turkey, black smoked ham, spianata salami, and beef-cured ham).  Along with scrambled eggs from two organic eggs and fresh seasonal fruit salad, choose between one cup of coffee or tea for your beverage. After your meal, feel free to explore the inside of the glass dome (audio guides are available free of charge).

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Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in Iconic Oldtimer VW Bus

9. Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in Iconic Oldtimer VW Bus

Discover all of the important sights in the almost 800-year city of Berlin. Travel the guided route through small but interesting side roads. Your friendly chauffeur will tell you about the different eras of Berlin in just two hours. You will also explore almost forgotten places and discover the origins of the city. A photo booklet, which is tailored to the individual locations of the tour, gives you an impression of the past and the interiors of the various sights during the journey.  The route includes Berlin Cathedral, Lustgarten, Old Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Berlin State Library, Maxim Gorki Theater, German Historical Museum, Neue Wache, Alte Kommandantur, Kronprinzenpalais, Prinzessinnenpalais, Humboldt University, Berlin State Opera, Bebelplatz, Altes Palais, Unter den Linden, Pariser Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Government District, Federal Chancellery, Central Station, Moltke Bridge, Kongresshalle, Bellevue Palace, Siegessäule, Scandinavian Embassies, Zoologischer Garten, Theater des Westens, Savignyplatz, Kurfürstendamm, Gedächtniskirche, Tauentzienstraße, KaDeWe, Embassy District, Berliner Philharmonie, Kulturforum, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Wall, Niederkirchner Straße, Anhalter Station, Holocaust Memorial, Führer Bunker, Reich Chancellery, Friedrichstraße, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin City Palace, Jungfern Bridge, Galgenhaus, Rotes Rathaus, TV Tower, Neptune Fountain, and St. Mary's Church. 

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Berlin: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

10. Berlin: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

Explore the city of Berlin on this fantastic comedy tour. Experience the rolling stand-up show and enjoy the entertainment by top comedians such as Cem Ali Gültekin, Thorsten Bär, or André Kaiser. Experience a unique combination of comedy, historical anecdotes, and spontaneous humor. Numerous gags, stories, and unusual acts make this tour through the German capital a truly unique experience. See the famous Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and Unter den Linden in the heart of Berlin. Listen to stories about the Rotes Rathaus and the Reichstag building.

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Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Reichstag

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 28,701 reviews

We loved our guide Asaf! He made the tour fun, would joke around and talk with us when walking to the different locations and helped accommodate the tour for our grandfather when he got cold and needed to stand in the sun. He even found us a shop that sold hot chocolate during the tour! He made the experience great and taught us things that tv, documentaries and school never did.

Our tour guide was Ciaran. He did an amazing job speaking to the history of Berlin from the rise of Hitler to the end of the Cold War while making the information engaging and entertaining. My wife isn’t a huge fan of history but really enjoyed the tour and our guide. Even though it was cold and lightly raining, the two hours zipped by. Highly recommend!

The guide Jamie was superb! He shared a lot of historical facts about the spots we visited and made the entire tour incredibly entertaining. I absolutely recommend the tour to all those who love to learn how the past impacts our present.

We had a very small group for the tour and a very great guide (Jesse), who had a lot of background knowledge and told everything in a very entertaining and informative way. I would definitely recommend the tour. Thanks again.

Great tour, with enthusiastic and very competent guide Jamie. Highly recommended!