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Place #1
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Historic Landmark
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Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany
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Reichstag Building
Here we go at our first point of interest in Berlin. The Reichstag building in Berlin is a historic landmark and an important symbol of German democracy. It serves as the meeting place for the German Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The original Reichstag building was constructed in the late 19th century to house the Imperial Diet (Reichstag) of the German Empire. It was designed by architect Paul Wallot and completed in 1894. The building's architectural style combines elements of Renaissance and Baroque revival, with a prominent glass and steel dome as its centerpiece. Later in the tour we will discuss the types of architecture found throughout the city.

Over the years, the Reichstag witnessed significant events in German history. One of the most notable incidents occurred in 1933 when the building was severely damaged by a fire, which the Nazi regime used as a pretext to further consolidate their power. After World War II, the building fell into disuse as Berlin was divided by the Berlin Wall.

Following the reunification of Germany, plans were made to restore and modernize the Reichstag building. British architect Norman Foster was chosen to lead the renovation project, which took place from 1995 to 1999. The most distinctive addition to the building was the new glass dome, which symbolizes transparency and offers panoramic views of Berlin.

Today, the Reichstag building is open to the public, and visitors can explore its historic halls, visit the parliament chamber, and ascend to the dome. The dome's spiral ramp leads visitors to an observation deck at the top, providing a unique perspective of the cityscape.

If you wish to go in and explore the building, we will pause the tour here, and pick back up when you are finished. One notable memorial to see inside is the Memorial to the Murdered Members of the Reichstag, which honors the members of the Reichstag who were murdered by the Nazis

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Place #2
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Main Park
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Scheidemannstraße 5, 10557 Berlin, Germany
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Tiergarten Park
Though we will only be taking a short stroll through, any tour of Berlin would not be complete with at least stepping in Tiergarten Park, one of Berlin's most famous and expansive urban parks. Spanning approximately 210 hectares (520 acres), it serves as a green oasis in the heart of the city, offering a serene retreat from the bustling urban environment.

The Tiergarten has a long and storied history. Originally established in the 16th century as a hunting ground for the Brandenburg electors, it was transformed into a public park in the 18th century under the direction of landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné. Over the centuries, it has evolved and been redesigned, particularly after significant damage during World War II.

Scattered throughout the park are various monuments and memorials, including the Victory Column (Siegessäule), which offers panoramic views of the city from its observation deck, and the Soviet War Memorial, a tribute to Soviet soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin.

The park features several lakes and canals, including the Neuer See, where visitors can rent rowboats, and the Landwehr Canal, which runs along the southern edge of the park.

Everybody get a dose of greenery before we see a lot more concrete urban jungle? Woondibah! That means “Wonderful.” Of Course.

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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Reichstag Building
Map Pin Place 2 Tiergarten Park
Map Pin Place 3 Brandenburg Gate
Map Pin Place 4 Holocaust Memorial
Map Pin Place 5 Ottobock Science Center
Map Pin Place 6 Berlin Wall Sections
Map Pin Place 7 Potsdamer Platz
Map Pin Place 8 Topography of Terror
Map Pin Place 9 Checkpoint Charlie
Map Pin Place 10 Donuts
Map Pin Place 11 Gendarmenmarkt
Map Pin Place 12 Unter den Linden
Map Pin Place 13 Neue Wache
Map Pin Place 14 Museum Island
Map Pin Place 15 Berlin Cathedral
Map Pin Place 16 Cuisine
Map Pin Place 17 Nikolaiviertel
Map Pin Place 18 Neptune Fountain and St. Mary's Church
Map Pin Place 19 Berliner Fernsehturm
Map Pin Place 20 Alexanderplatz
Map Pin Place 21 End

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