British architect Lord Foster has transformed the Reichstag, which was built at the end of the 19th century and has long since been emblematic of the German State. It was damaged in the fire of 1933, which marked Hitler’s consolidation of power, and has now been renovated for the Bundestag (People’s Assembly) of a reunited Germany. The new dome is meant to symbolize the transparency of the democratic government and visitors can pass between its layers to witness the decision-making chamber of the government. The Plenary is open for free hourly guided tours when parliament is not in session – parliament is in session Monday to Friday 0900–1600, weekends 1000–1600. The walk through the dome itself is stunning, culminating in sweeping views of a city in transition. The rooftop restaurant provides a way to beat the queues and is open until midnight.
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