Reichstag Berlin – Tickets to Visit the Dome
A great way to start your exploration and historical overview of Berlin is to visit the dome and rooftop terrace of the Reichstag Berlin. It’s free and it’s one of 13 things we recommend to do in Berlin at night, though it is open during the day. All you need to do is to register online in advance for a set time. Not only will you be able to get a nice view of Berlin and its surroundings, the 20 minute motion censored audio guide even tells you what you are looking at while you circle the 230 meters up and down the dome. You can pick up the audio guides on the roof terrace.
Tip: To save more money during your time in Berlin, you might consider a tourist discount pass. There are several and we compare them in our detailed post, Berlin Pass vs Welcome Card vs City Tour Card?
The Reichstag, designed by Paul Wallot in 1894, is the seat of the constitutional and legislative body of Germany, the Bundestag. From the German Empire to the Weimar Republic and from the onset of the Second World War to the division of the city, the Reichstag building has its many stories to tell. The dome and rooftop terrace of the Reichstag building is not only designed to offer visitors spectacular views across the city while they circle their way around it, but its energy efficient structure funnels natural light via numerous mirrors as well as fresh air into the parliamentary chamber.
GETTING TO THE REICHSTAG BUILDING
The Reichstag Building is located on the western end of Berlin’s city center, just south of Hauptbanhof and just north of Tiergarten and the Brandenburg Gate.
The closet public transportation hubs are S+U station Brandenburger Tor, U-station Bundestag, or the 100 bus to the Reichstag/Bundestag stop. Use this Google map to get exact directions from your departure point. Tip: If you are new to Berlin transportation see our post Tips on the public transportation in Berlin.
First, the good news: It is free to go to the Dome! You will need tickets however. There are two ways to get tickets:
- Advanced Reserved
The fastest and easiest way to register is online on the Bundestag website. You will need the full names and birthday of everybody who joins you, as well as your email address. You will submit your preferred dates and someone will email you back. Bring your booking confirmation and your government issued ID and be prepared for to go through a security check. Note: Requests to visit the Dome can only be submitted for the current month and the following month.
You could also opt to pay a €5 booking fee to Get Your Guide for dome tickets. There are the same tickets but you won’t have to wait for a reply.
- Same Day Tickets
You can register in person at the Service Center near the Reichstag building on the south side of Scheidemannstraße. (See the map above in the red circle). The Service Center is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily in winter (1 November – 31 March) and from 8.00 am to 8:00 pm daily in summer (1 April – 31 October).
The same-day option does not guarantee that there any free places available at the time of your visit, and even if there are free places, tickets have to be issued a minimum of 2 hours ahead and only a maximum of 2 days before your visit. For that reason, we highly recommend you reserve in advance.
Days: The Dome is open most days of the year.
Visiting hours: 8 a.m. to midnight. Note: Admission slots are every quarter of the hour, ex: 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45 etc.). The last admission to the Dome is 10:00 pm.
Dates when Dome is closed in 2016-2017 are:
- December 24-31
- March 13-17
- July 3-7
- July 17-21
- October 9-13
On the dates when the dome is closed, you can still enjoy views from the roof terrace. Dates of closure change every year so be sure to check their website to know about closed dates.
Best Days to Visit
The best days to visit are good weather days, so your view will be best. Also, try to go on weekdays as weekends and holidays are peak times and it can get quite crowded and you will have to plan in some extra waiting time.
Tours offered at the Reichstag
Various free 90-minute tours are available when Parliament is not sitting. When you book your tickets you will have the option to book a tour along with a visit to the Dome afterward.
- Tours that explain the functions, working methods and composition of the Parliament are offered daily at 9.00 hrs, 10.30 hrs, 12.00 hrs, 13.30 hrs, 15.30 hrs, 17.00 hrs,18.30 hrs, 20.00 hrs
- Tour of the Reichstag Building for families are tailored for children aged six to 14, traveling with their family. These are offered on Saturdays at 10.00 hrs, 12.30 hrs and 14.30 hrs and Sundays and certain public holidays at 10.00 hrs and 12.30 hrs
- Art and architecture tours of the Reichstag Building are offered on Saturdays, Sundays and certain public holidays at 11.30 hrs
If you want the ability to skip the line, you can opt to take a tour company. There are several tours available that include the Dome and these tours range from approximately €14 for a 2-hour tour to €50 for a tour with King Frederick the Great! Well, actually he’s an actor in costume with whom you’ll share a champagne reception at the Dome restaurant. Here are some of the tours out there that will save you time when visiting the Dome.
To find out about Berlin tourist passes such as the Berlin City Pass, the Berlin Welcome Card and several others, be sure to check out our post Berlin Pass vs Welcome Card vs City Tour Card?
The Reichstag is in walking distance from the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the big park Tiergarten. You might also be interested in our self-guided tours on Mitte West and Mitte East.
Spree River cruise departures is just 10 minutes walk from the Reichstag. Walk northwestwards from the Reichstag towards the main train station (do you see the red DB sign?) to the river Spree. The boat cruises depart near the Moltkebrücke, the reddish bridge. Click here for more information on these boat tours.