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I would be taking a few of my International friends to Berlin end of this year and I was wondering if a spot registration would be possible for visiting the Reichstagsgebäude (we want to visit the dome). I was going through the online registration link and the dates which I require are already completely booked.

Does it mean that it is a futile exercise to try to register after going to Berlin? Or do we stand a chance of getting in?

Considering, we do manage to get in, do they provide audio guides in English as well? The last time I visited, they definitely had German ones but I am not sure if they provide in other languages, (at least in English)

If it matters, we are a group of 4 people, all possessing valid German identification documents or passports (with visas as necessary).

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    The easy-to-use audioguides, which you can obtain on the roof terrace, are available in eleven languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Dutch and Chinese. Special audioguides will also be available for children, for people with disabilities and in easy language. (Source) – ach Dec 22 '16 at 8:19
  • I have travelled twice to Erbil in the last 5 years - once in 2013 (April) and 2014 (May). First time for 12 days and second time for 17 days. But I was in Erbil most of the time. And I did take a trip to Duhok once – DarthVader Jan 11 '17 at 7:19
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If it's already fully booked then that will likely not change. It might be possible that people cancel their appointments in advance (though I do not know if that is actually possible). If that happens, slots will become free1. You should be checking regularly if there are free slots in case that is an option, but their website does not say anything about cancelling your appointment, so I doubt it.

Hoping for a free slot when you're already there while it's booked now is most likely going to be futile. Don't get your hopes up.

What Andrey said in his comment is correct according to this flyer (in German).

The easy-to-use audioguides, which you can obtain on the roof terrace, are available in eleven languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Dutch and Chinese. Special audioguides will also be available for children, for people with disabilities and in easy language.

You cannot get the audio-guide while the dome is closed.

If you want to visit a Plenarsitzung (an assembly where they make actual politics) you need to translate for your friends. There are no official translators.

Depending on how many friends you are bringing, you could ask for an individual guided tour in English or another language. This is mentioned on page 11 of that flyer.

Hausführung für ausländische Besuchergruppen
Auf Anfrage sind Führungen für Gruppen ab sechs Teilnehmern in den Sprachen Dänisch, Englisch, Französisch, Italienisch, Norwegisch, Polnisch, Russisch, Spanisch und selbstverständlich auch in Deutsch möglich.

It says:

You can request a tour for groups of at least six people in Danish, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and German.

You need to apply for those in writing. The number of participants cannot exceed 25, but it doesn't say anywhere if they mix the groups up.

You need to write to this address or use the website.

Deutscher Bundestag
Besucherdienst
Platz der Republik 1
11011 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 227-30027
www.bundestag.de/besuche/formular.html

Include the type of event and number of people you want to register for, a date and time as well as up to three alternatives in case they are already booked. Also your name and phone number.

There are also tours in German of the various other parts of the government building complex, like the Paul-Löbbe-Haus.


1) This is the way to go for getting an appointment in almost all Berlin state/city offices like for registering an address, because they are horribly overbooked for several months in advance

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As far as I remember, you can also get a pass to get inside from the counter outside, I have seen long queues there but generally it looked mangable to get the pass.

Disclaimer: I always booked online so haven't used that counter but I am pretty sure its possible to get pass from that counter. It might have changed in recent years orb due to recent attack but still worth exploring.

  • Thanks for the answer. I have noticed the counter outside as well. I think it's across the road on the opposite side. But are the bookings done by them independent of what is shown online? – DarthVader Dec 23 '16 at 13:23
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    @Müller yes I was talking about that counter. I had registered online and got a direct entry without going to that counter, so I think that counter is for on the spot registration only and that's why there's always a log queue there. – akjoshi Dec 23 '16 at 16:41

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