One of the iconic images for student History groups visiting Berlin, the Reichstag building was constructed to house the Reichstag,or parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire. After World War II, the building fell into disuse; the parliament (Volkskammer) of the German Democratic Republic met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the parliament (Bundestag) of the Federal Republic of Germany met in the Bundeshaus in Bonn.
Following the reunification of Germany it was decided to bring back the seat of Government in Germany to its traditional home and work soon began to renovate the building. Sir Norman Foster won the commission to create a new dome which began in 1993 and was completed 6 years later. The dome symbolises the reunification of the country replacing the original dome which was lost to fire in 1933 and has become an iconic image of the new confidence of the city.
Student groups can visit the roof terrace and Dome, offering wonderful views of the surrounding area and an internal look down into the actual debating chamber of the German Bundestag. History and Politics students will be able to see how the seat of Government moved and was split during the time of partition of the Cold War, whilst students of Architecture and Design will see how the clever design minimises the carbon footprint and the mirrored cone in its centre radiates and directs light beneath it.
Please contact the student travel team at FHT Group Tours today on 01279 658221 and we will incorporate this into a great History itinerary for your next study trip or student tour to Berlin.