Everyone visiting Berlin wants to see the glass dome of the Reichstag or German parliament building, designed by Sir Norman Foster. A ramp winds up to the top, where you get a fantastic view over the city as well as down to the parliament chamber below. Or so I’m told…
Sadly, the view from the dome was not to be for us on our trip to Berlin at Easter. The guidebooks all recommend that you get there at 8am as the doors open, but what are the chances of that when you have three teenage girls in tow? By the time we made it it was mid morning and the queue was around 2 hours long. So we gave up and took the No 100 bus from the bus stop outside, through the Tiergarten and ended up at the Berlin Zoo instead, then did some shopping of Kurfurstendamm.
There was a very helpful guide there, who told us that the queue was normally this long, but if you have young children, you don’t need to queue. There are special family tours and I gather that if you make a reservation to visit the restaurant Käfer at the top, you can also go straight in – you can find details on the Bundestag website. The good thing about the Reichstag if you do get in is that it is it is free,
If you’re defeated by the queue, but still want a great view of the city, then you can find it at the TV tower on Alexanderplatz, or the Siegessäule Victory column in the Tiergarten park not too far from the Reichstag.
Ah well, maybe next time we’ll be able to get up a litttle earlier.
Have you visited the Reichstag dome and did you have to queue for long? Any other recommendations for a view of Berlin?