Welcome to the Reichstag, Germany's Parliament building. While it is free to go into, you do have to make a reservation online, and it is sometimes difficult to get a time slot. We had to wait 3 weeks to get in. But it was worth it. The building, and history of the building, doesn't go back too far. Like much of Berlin it is steeped in controversy and the German's search for identity.
After WWII it was a little bit, as an art gallery and performance center. But its proximity to East Berlin ensured that it was never very popular. After reunification in 1990 the German capital was moved from Bonn to Berlin, and the Reichstag was refurbished, and renovated by Norman Foster.
Do you recognize this picture? (Although the actual event wasn't photographed, it was staged again afterwards for the picture.) It is the Soviets after they captured Berlin. They headed to the Reichstag, because it was wrongly assumed that this was Hitler's headquarters.
Hmm, I am only half done, but am getting very very tired. I will finish this tomorrow. Look forward to Reichstag II.