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Federal government buildings tend to be imposing and the Reichstag, home of Germany's parliament (the Bundestag), is certainly no exception. Paul Wallot created the blueprint for this stately behemoth that opened in 1894, was badly damaged in World War II and lingered largely ignored on the western side of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. In the mid-1990s, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped it in shiny fabric and shortly thereafter starchitect Lord Norman Foster got to work on the building's renovation, adding its shiny glass dome. It's well worth making a prior reservation for the lift ride to the roof terrace and the stroll up a spiraling ramp to the top of the dome. Not only do you get sweeping city views... Read More
Federal government buildings tend to be imposing and the Reichstag, home of Germany's parliament (the Bundestag), is certainly no exception. Paul Wallot created the blueprint for this stately behemoth that opened in 1894, was badly damaged in World War II and lingered largely ignored on the western side of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. In the mid-1990s, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped it in shiny fabric and shortly thereafter starchitect Lord Norman Foster got to work on the building's renovation, adding its shiny glass dome. It's well worth making a prior reservation for the lift ride to the roof terrace and the stroll up a spiraling ramp to the top of the dome. Not only do you get sweeping city views but also a chance to peer down into the plenary hall.
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