Reichstag Tickets

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Opening hours

Mon to Sun 8.00 am - 21.45 pm

The last admission is at 21.45 pm. The Reichstag is closed to visitors on the 24th December and from 16.00 pm on 31st December.

Entry is free but you will either need to register online in advance or at the Visitors' Centre on the day.

How to get there

Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin

If you are using the U-Bahn or S-Bahn the best bet is to head for Friedrichstraße station and wander east along the river. Another great option is to go by bike! Berlin is flat as a pancake, which makes cycling a breeze. Bike hire is cheap and most roads in Berlin include a cycle lane. Arriving by car is possible but not recommended as the roads around the Reichstag are often closed for special events.


How Do I Buy Tickets?
There is no fee to enter the Reichstag but it must be stressed that every vistor must register before they arrive. Simply visit the Reichstag's homepage ( and follow the simple instructions. You will need to provide some personal data and then choose what time you wish to visit. Registration on the day is possible with a visit to the Visitors' Centre but be aware that this is a standby system, meaning you will only get a chance to visit if there are free time slots available.
Are There Places To Eat?
After the stringent security procedure you might be in need of a sit down and a quick drink before you start exploring. The Käfer rooftop restaurant offers coffee & cakes, German specialities and a wide range of beers and wines. As you can imagine, the restaurant becomes busy during the usual times but there is always the option to reserve a table beforehand.
What Is There To See?
Visitors can choose to have a guided tour through the Reichstag itself but most people choose to head straight to the roof to see the Reichstag's famous glass dome. From the roof of the building you are afforded unbeatable views of the city. Berlin is refreshingly free of skyscrapers and heavily built-up areas, so you have a fantastic view of the city and its surroundings. Then there's the dome. The glass dome that tops the Reichstag houses a spiral walkway, from which visitors can look down on the German parliament below.
When Is The Best Time To Visit?
The Reichstag is a very popular visitor destination. The fact that entry timeslots are reserved means that queues are no real problem but the place can become very busy during peak times during the day. Luckily generous opening hours mean that you can beat the crush by reserving your slot for early in the morning or in the early evening. Indeed the restaurant is open until midnight, so you can even treat yourself to a meal.


History Of The Reichstag
Completed in 1894, the Reichstag served as the seat of the German parliament until it burnt down in mysterious circumstances in 1933 - the same year that Adolph Hitler took power. During the Second World War the building fell into disrepair but was still of great symbolic importance. So much so that that when the Russian army took the city after the Battle of Berlin in 1945 the Reichstag was the first place they planted their flags. During the Cold War, the West German parliament was moved to Bonn and it was not until German unification in 1990 that the Reichstag was returned to its position as the seat of German government.
The Public Gallery
Whilst many parliaments around the world have public galleries, the Reichstag's commitment to open government is there for all to see. The magnificent glass and steel dome that sits atop the Reichstag allows visitors to observe the actual workings of the German government going on in the debating chamber below (when it is in session). Designed by the British architect Norman Foster, the dome is only for those with a head for heights but it is a unique opportunity to see the workings of democracy as well as incredible views of Berlin.
Around The Reichstag
As well as the fantastic view from the roof of the Reichstag, the building itself is well worth a look from outside! From the fluttering flags to the classical statues to the inscription 'Dem Deutschen Volk' ('To the German People') inscribed above its mighty doors, this is a building that is at once imposing and welcoming. Directly behind the building you will find the Spree. This stretch of the river was part of the Berlin 'Wall' and was heavily patrolled by East German soldiers. The white crosses on the banks of the river are markers commemorating the many people who were shot whilst trying to escape to West Berlin and freedom.

Places nearby

Brandenburg Gate
Just to the south of the Reichstag is the famous Brandenburg Tor, one of the former gates to the old city of Berlin. An unmissable photo opportunity waits under the stately columns and stone hooves of four thundering horses!
Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
The green, beating heart of Berlin is the Tiergarten. The third largest city park in Berlin, this beautiful park is studded with lakes and flower gardens. There's also a cafe and a boating lake.
Unter den Linden
Berlin's main east-west artery is lined with museums, cafe's, galleries and shops. Unter den Linden leads all the way from the majestic Brandenburg Gate to the shopping arcades of Alexanderplatz.
Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden