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The German Bundestag met for its first constituent sitting in Bonn on 7 September 1949. Together with the constituent sitting of the Bundesrat that took place on the same day, this marked a new beginning in the west of the divided country four years after the end of the war and the defeat of the National Socialist dictatorship.
Since then, the German Bundestag has been at the centre of the Federal Republic of Germanyâ€™s democratic system. It works on the constitutional basis of the Basic Law, which was adopted on 23 May 1949 by the Parliamentary Council, the Bundestagâ€™s predecessor.
Since 1949, there have been a total of 17 elections to the German Bundestag. On 2 December 1990, the 12th German Bundestag became the first all-German parliament to be elected following reunification. The following year, the German Bundestag decided that the seat of Parliament and the Federal Government should no longer be Bonn, but - in future - Berlin. In 1999, the German Bundestag moved into the rebuilt Reichstag Building. By 2004, three more buildings had been completed, providing office accommodation for Members and staff. The Reichstag cupola designed by the British architect Lord Norman Foster has become a new Berlin attraction, helping to make the German Bundestag the most visited parliament in the world.
Various 90-minute tours are available when Parliament is not sitting. Participant numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people. As places are limited, we request that you book in writing well in advance. Information on how to do this can be found here.
Guided tour of the Reichstag Building
We offer guided tours explaining the functions, working methods and composition of Parliament, as well as the history and architecture of the Reichstag Building. Afterwards you will have an opportunity to visit the dome. Guided tours of the Reichstag Building are held in weeks when Parliament is not sitting:
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
For families with children aged six to 14, we offer tours designed for children about Parliamentâ€™s tasks, working methods and composition, as well as on the history and architecture of the Reichstag Building. You will then have an opportunity to visit the dome. Guided tours for families are held:
Saturdays at 10.00 hrs, 12.30 hrs and 14.30 hrs
Sundays and certain public holidays at 10.00 hrs and 12.30 hrs
Art and architecture tours of the Reichstag Building
Saturdays, Sundays and certain public holidays at 11.30 hrs
Following the tour, you will have an opportunity to visit the dome.
Guided tours for groups of foreign visitors
On request, tours can be held for groups with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 25 participants in the following languages: Danish, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
No tours are held on the following public holidays:
2 April (Good Friday),
4 April (Easter Sunday),
14 November (Day of National Mourning),
23 to 26 December (Christmas) and
31 December (New Yearâ€™s Eve).
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