Berlin’s Beautiful Reichstag
Living in America’s capital for 5 years not only exposed my unwavering patriotism but spurred an interest in the US and our role worldwide. I witnessed major elections and rallies firsthand, toured the White House, sang along with Springsteen, Beyonce, and U2 with thousands of others at Obama’s Inaugural Celebration on the National Mall, and more often than I can count, stopped in my tracks by President’s motorcade as it streaked through the city. Although I can’t claim to be the most informed, I do appreciate the energy, tradition and symbolism found only in a capital city. Enter: Berlin’s government district. Similar to DC, the majority of Germany’s government buildings are within close proximity of one another, lining the Spree River. (HERE is a great walking tour of the area)
A very sneaky husband.
Our goal for the evening was a visit to the Reichstag, Germany’s equivalent to the Capitol (note the “o”!), which houses the German parliament. Originally built in 1871, the building was suspiciously burned down in 1933 and then later rebuilt with it’s signature glass dome in 1999. This glass dome is said to symbolizes multiple ideas – transparency between the government and people, the reunification of Germany and democracy. Simply put, it’s beautiful, setting aside the history and importance, it’s architectural marvel must be experienced when in Berlin.
We made reservations ahead of time (HERE – free but required) to enjoy the Berlin skyline at sunset and were not disappointed. I highly recommend doing the same. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Upon entering the dome visitors can wind their way up the long curving ramp along the interior glass walls to a large platform at the top, open to the sky. Once back down at the base of the dome, doors open to a large terrace with views of the Berlin skyline. Confused? I don’t blame you. See the picture below then follow my journey up the ramp.