Berlin Photos: The Reichstag


Photo Gallery: Das Reichstagsgebäude

The Reichstagsgebäude (“imperial diet building”) in Berlin has a long history that reflects German history. Since it first housed the German Diet (parliament) in 1894, it has undergone a fire (1933), World War II damage and neglect during 40 years of German division (1949-1989). It was gutted, retrofitted, and lovingly restored in 1995, after the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament) voted (by a narrow margin) to move the German capital from Bonn back to Berlin. Today its new steel-and-glass dome is Berlin’s number one tourist attraction.

Also see: The Reichstag Building in Berlin – History and highlights.

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PHOTO 1 | Reichstag, Berlin: The inscription above the columns says “To the German people” – who are enjoying the German national holiday on October 3. You can see part of the building’s new glass dome at the top. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
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PHOTO 2 | The Wrapped Reichstag by the artistic team of Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the summer of 1995. Only experienced climbers need apply! In this view, they look like ants crawling on the canvas covering. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
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Inside the Reichstag dome

PHOTO 3 | Inside the the Norman Foster-designed dome atop the Reichstag building in Berlin. The dome, with its panoramic views of Berlin, has become Berlin’s top tourist attraction. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
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PHOTO 4 | Once visitors reach the top of the dome, they are rewarded with a 360-degree panoramic view of Berlin. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
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