The current Reichstag dome is an iconic glass dome constructed on top of the rebuilt Reichstag building in Berlin. Its distinctive appearance has made it a prominent attraction in Berlin. Designed by architect Norman Foster, it was built to symbolize the reunification of Germany.
Climbing the large glass dome of the Reichstag rewards you with a 360 degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape and offers a look into the debating chamber of the German parliament below. The dome is open to the public and can be reached by climbing two steel, spiraling ramps that are reminiscent of a double-helix.
Eco-friendliness featured into Foster’s design, effectively decreasing the carbon emissions of the building, with the most apparent feature being the mirrored cone in the center of the dome directing sunlight into the building.
The futuristic design of the Reichstag dome and the panoramic view make it a unique landmark and must-see, and symbolizes Berlin’s attempt to move away from a past of Nazism and Communism and instead towards a united and democratic future.