Our last day in Berlin was probably my favorite – we took a tour of the Bundestag, including the dome. The Reichstag building was built in 1894 and housed the German parliament until 1933, when it was damaged by fire, and the Nazis dissolved parliament. The fire was an act of arson, which was blamed on a Dutch Communist, but was likely done by the Nazis themselves as an excuse to dissolve parliament. It wasn’t until 1999 that it began to house parliament again. Tours are free, but need to be booked well in advance, which Clare took care of. She was able to reserve a tour in English, which was helpful for her parents to understand what was going on. Some other interesting aspects of the restoration include leaving some of the graffiti left by Soviet soldiers after the end of World War II.

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