For the entire month of June, advance online reservations are filled. I am considering purchasing the Get Your Guide Reichstag Glass Dome Tour ($17 for a 2 hour tour). Is there a better way to avoid long lines? Thank you.
You cannot visit the Dome of the Reichstag without reservation. I took a quick look at the reservation website. What actually happens is that they just didn't put any available slots on the system after June 1st, so they appear as unavailable throughout the rest of the year (even dates for 2015 appear as unavailable).
So wait a little longer and then register for a visit.
It isn't difficult to get reservation slots: even if you look this following week, there are available slots every day but Monday...
If you have the reservation you will have to stay in line anyway. If the line is too long you can try also the entrance of the Bundestag building on the Konrad Adenauer Strasse just left of the entrance of the Reichstag building. I used that entrance in 2010 when in the time reservations where not needed to make. Have no idea if that entrance is still in use, just ask there if it’s still the case. You will have to walk more, but nevertheless save time.
Thank you for your help! This is good news.
If you're interested in a tour, do book one with the government services for the Reichstag. They are FREE and give you 90 minutes of excellent information PLUS take you to the glass dome afterwards. Once you're registered for one of those there are no line-ups at all. You can find more information on the English language tours here:
Thank you, Beatrix! I have written for admission to a tour.
I agree with Andre L. Reservations are not available just yet. If you go with a tour that's fine, but if you decided to do it on your own, you can wait until a little closer to get reservations.
To clarify: there are no tours inside the glass dome. You always do that part of the Reichstag on your own or take along a free audio guide. However, the rest of the building is only accessible for visitors as part of a tour.
Thank you. I will go to the website now and see what I can get.
I visited last May. My reservation was done exactly the way Beatrice explained.
After my intial request for a tour, I received an email doc from the Bundestag. I was asked to choose
three slots from a list of openings, then sent it back to them.
A reply came to me within one week with one of those slots confirmed as my reservation. After the Reichstag tour we were escorted to the elevator to begin our independent tour of the Dome. The head phones came with the free reservation, and were very valuable. They ask you to move along however, there is no actual rush to your time in the Dome.
There was a ticket line just for the Dome, but everyone in line had confirmed reservation tickets with a time and date to visit the Dome. There was no other entry available to the public except the secured ticket entrance.
Thank you for your response! Do you remember when you made your reservations for May? I went to the Beatrix's link immediately upon receiving her email. None of the dates were open for June. Yesterday, my husband was able to get reservations for the Dome in June; there were no English tours for the Reichstag available. However, I am happy about the Dome reservations.
Thank you; the schedule you sent explains why we cannot book the Reichstag tour....it's during the "In Session" week.
I booked it in February for May. On our first time to Berlin in 2011 we had to miss the Bundestag altogether. We had no reservation and couldn't get tickets for any of it.
I am glad George found why there are no tours availabile.
If you ever will be back in Berlin, plan ahead. It was the best 90 minutes of European history I have experienced with the exception of my DDay tour. Our guide was a former ministry worker who now is a professor at the University. I will never forgot the graffitti I read on the interior walls made by the Soviet soldiers, and the obvious lesson of transparency Germany teaches us today.
@George - thanks for the update. I'll be in Berlin June 27-30 and I emailed them earlier today requesting reservation for any available times on those dates. Hope it works.