The Reichstag is where Germany’s Federal Parliament (Bundestag) sits. The last meeting here was in 1933 and returned in the spring of 1999. British architect Sir Norman Foster was behind the transformation that included a striking glass dome addition. The cupola or dome is now a Berlin landmark and it signalled a new era of modern architecture in the city.
Ramps on the dome lead to an observation deck – it symbolizes the people ascending above the heads of their representatives in the chamber. At its core is a light sculptor that reflects natural light into the chamber, while a sun shield tracks the path of the sun to block solar gain and glare.
Access to the dome is permitted with a photo I.D. and guided tours are provided, but it is recommended to make advance reservations online. Otherwise, there could be a long wait in order to obtain a booking for a later time or date.