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Friday photo – the queue for the view at the Reichstag in Berlin

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…

The queue to see the Reichstag Dome

The queue to see the Reichstag Dome

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?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    marina k. villatoro
    May 30, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Good god! What a line! Sometimes I really wonder if people have other things to do:)
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    Amy @ The Q Family
    May 30, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I wouldn’t wait for 2 hours either. 🙂 But the view from the outside is already impressive. BTW, I voted for your site. Hope you win. 🙂

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    Tim Marks
    May 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I hate lines! However the picture was worth the trip from you lodgings. Hope the Zoo was fun.

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    Dominique
    June 2, 2009 at 12:41 am

    We’ve ended up somewhere other than originally planned when we encounter an especially long line. I’m with Marina…don’t people have better things to do than to stand in line when they’re on vacation?

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    Pierre van Eck
    June 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Congratulations on a fine and interesting Blog. I must agree – I would also not queue for 2 hours to visit the Dome … we have a similar situation with the Table Mountain Cableway and, having been in the past, I refuse to go in tourist season.
    Regards from Cape Town,
    Pierre

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    Inspired by the Anne Frank Museum in Berlin : Heather on her travels
    July 6, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    […] to follow your instincts. We had been planning to make an early start to beat the queues at the Reichstag Dome, but walking past the museum we spotted the sign and as our girls were keen we went on in. […]

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