The modern glass dome above the venerable old building attracts the crowds. From the highest point of the towering glass dome you can enjoy a great view.
The Reichstag building breathes great history, but it only entered the ranks of the most popular Berlin attractions after its glass dome was added in the mid-1990s. Star architect Norman Foster succeeded in turning the neo-Renaissance edifice, originally built between 1884 and 1894 and significantly damaged during World War II, into a futuristic and compelling centerpiece of transparency.
Anyone who would like to walk up the spiral ramp that leads to the top of the dome, where you can see amazing panoramic views of Berlin (or a glimpse of the mundane lot of the legislators of the German Bundestag down below) should expect relatively long waiting times as well as thorough security checks before the elevators accommodate the long lines of visitors. Particularly appealing is the ascent at night, although the undertaking in winter is quite drafty and cold.
Until the "Reichstag Fire" in 1933, The Reichstag building was the site of the Reichstag of the German Empire and of the Weimar Republic. In 1990 the first Bundestag is of the reunified Germany constituted itself here.
Reichstag is definitely one of the biggest wonders in Berlin. Though you can not see too much in the inside because it is the German Parlament, the views from the dome are amazing and it offers you an impressive view over the city center.
There are a few ways to beat the queues even during peak times: You can take the side entrance to the right (without any queue) if you
1) are a family with kids
2) are with a handicapped person
3) have a reservation for the roof garden restaurant run by Käfer (no need to have a whole dinner, just an ice coffee will do...). Tel. +49-30-226299-0
While the queues to get on top of the Reichstag can be rather long (especially at peak times) it's worthwhile checking by late in the afternoon / early evening because you'll have a good chance to be lucky to get in without any wait. in summer the Reichstag is open until 10pm (!) and when I stolled along the river Spree I managed to pop in in under 10 minutes. The view from the roof garden is magnificent ... go on, don't miss out.