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The Reichstag building (German: Reichstagsgebäude; officially: Plenarbereich Reichstagsgebäude) is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Imperial Diet (German: Reichstag), of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire. After World War II, the building fell into disuse; the parliament of the German Democratic Republic (the Volkskammer) met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany (the Bundestag) met in the Bundeshaus in Bonn.
Splendidly restored by Sir Norman Foster, and housing the German parliament (the Bundestag), the Reichstag is unquestionably one of Berlin’‘s biggest attractions, and rightly so.
Built to house the Kaiser’s rubber-stamp parliament, the Reichstag was ravaged by fire (probably set by the Nazis), shot to ruins by Red Army artillery and all but forgotten during Berlin’‘s long division. Sir Foster gutted the building—except for some old mouldings and graffiti by Soviet soldiers—built a modern debating chamber and added a sparkling glass dome to the roof. Walking around the roof affords a fabulous view of Berlin. Climb the spiral staircase on the inside of the dome and you’‘ll be able to watch parliament from above.
Inside the dome is a cylindrical cone, designed to suck up the hot air generated below. If only all parliaments had such a contraption.
The Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament, is one of Berlin’s most historical landmarks. It is close to the Brandenburger Gate and before the unification, it was located right next to the wall.
The Reichstag Building was the seat of the German Government from 1894 to 1933 and is now the seat of the German Bundestag.
The Reichstag is the parliament of Germany.