Berlin’s Beautiful Reichstag

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 marvelΒ mustΒ 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.

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  • Berlin and an Anthro giveaway? It’s like you’re in my brain πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos, as always. Looks like the absolute best time to see the Reichstag.

  • I was so disappointed that the Reichstag was closed when I was in Berlin. Looks so cool!
    Also realized I hadn’t responded to your other post about Zadar – I couch surfed!

  • First of all, THANK YOU for noting the difference between “capital” and “capitol” because that’s one pet peeve of mine! The way I help my students remember the difference is that “capital” has an “A” in it that looks like the Eiffel Tower (in Paris, the capital of France) and “capitol” has an “O” in it like a rotunda in a building. πŸ™‚

    Also, these pictures are making me so excited about our trip to Europe in December. Unfortunately, we will only be flying through Germany (with a few layovers), but I’m excited to see the history in action in Austria, Czech Republic, and Ukraine!

  • Beautiful sunset views of the city! The governments of other countries are so fascinating. (great giveaway by the way – I love me some anthro!!)

  • Gorgeous pictures, I love all of the awesome architectural features.

  • Me too! Typically I’m one of those people that appreciates some nice architecture but am not hugely aware of it, if that makes sense. This building though left a real impression. It’s quite moving.

  • Thanks, love! I’m really happy we picked the time that we did to take our tour. I still need to get inside our Capitol though.. and up the Monument, shame on me.

    Really – thanks for this fabric spray paint recommendation, you saved my patio from embarrassment! πŸ™‚

  • Ah, Ashley, I’m so glad we’re in the same boat about this capital v. capitol business. It gets on my nerves as well, especially when I catch myself making the mistake!

    Yay for your trip to Europe, that sounds like quite an itinerary! Where are you going in the Ukraine?

  • Ah, I love that, such a great way to meet locals and travel on the cheap. Have you ever had any bad couch surfing experiences?

  • Thanks, Cynthia! I wonder, can I apply to my own giveaway? I don’t know if that’s ethical but I realllly like Anthro. πŸ˜‰

  • Nope, never! You get a good sense of how people are from their profiles. Haven’t done it in ages, but really enjoyed it when I did! I think I’m out of the backpacking phase and prefer hotels and apartment rentals!

  • This is such a cool building! As usual great pictures! Did it make you smile to get to type “husband” out πŸ™‚

  • Haha, you know me too well! This comment cracked me up when I read it because you’re exactly right – I did have a big dumb grin as I wrote that. πŸ™‚

  • Yeah, i think I’ve been spoiled with hotel traveling from my work trips. Nowadays we use Airbnb nearly 100% of the time and typically stay at places that are on or subpar to our own apartment, I guess that’s the most rough I’ll ever get. Ha

  • Love the photos – the architecture of that building is gorgeous and so is that sunset!

  • That glass dome is AMAZING!!! It blows me away how modern Germany is.

  • THESE PICTURES ARE AMAZING!!!

  • We will be visiting our friend, who is Ukrainian, while there, so he is leading up the itinerary. But I think we are planning to go to Cherkasy (his hometown) and Kiev (where he now works). We will be there over NYE, which is the biggest holiday in Ukraine (we’ve been told)! I just hope the political situation will have died down more by then.

    We’ll have like 18 layovers during our round-trip and flying from Austria to Czech Republic (most are in Germany–we’ll be literally hopping from city to city). Not looking forward to that, but my husband knows how to work the system with his credit card points and save us $$$!!