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Reichstag building

Local name: Reichstagsgebäude

The Reichstagsgebäude, or Reichstag for short, is now the seat of the Bundestag (the second chamber of the German parliament next to the Bundesrat). The historical name Reichstag refers to the parliament of the German Reich, which met here from the time the building was erected in 1894 until the fall of the Weimar Republic in 1933. Currently, the Reichstag is also a tourist attraction.

Visiting Reichstagsgebäude is a journey through a great variety of styles and architectural forms - baroque, classicism, socialist realism, and neo-Gothic. The finale and the main attraction of sightseeing is the dome, designed by British architect Norman Foster. Weighing 1,200 tons, the glass bowl with a diameter of 40 m has a centrally located shaft covered with mirrors that scatter the light and direct it to the meeting room.

In 1933, the Reichstag was set on fire. Hitler took the opportunity to blame the communists and lead to the actual dissolution of parliament and democracy.


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    Platz der Republik 111011 Berlin , Germany