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Take In Berlin While Dining Atop The Reichstag Building

Matthias Leibing
The Reichstag Building hosts Germany's legislative branch, but you'll also find a restaurant on its roof right next to the enormous dome.

At the top of the Reichstag building is the Käfer Dachgarten, a fine dining restaurant with open air seating overlooking all of Berlin.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley had lunch there on his last trip to Germany and spoke with manager Mario Novak.

“You see the whole city. You see East Berlin, and part of West Berlin,” Novak said. “It’s much better during the night time when you see all the city’s lights. I love this place.”

Directly below is the River Spree, and the city itself is dotted with parks.

Seeing the sights is important, but Novak says the real joy of being in Berlin comes when you take your time and relax.

And if you want to do that relaxing at the restaurant atop the Reichstag?

“Please give us a call before, or [reserve a table] via internet,” he said. “Do it as soon as you know you’re coming to Berlin.”

With the German parliament, or Bundestag, meeting on the floors below, you’ll need to be cleared through a little bit of security before you can take a deep breath and enjoy the view.


"Going Places" is 88.5's weekly exploration of travel. Our travel expert, Matthew Brumley, is co-founder of Earthbound Expeditions on Bainbridge Island, which provides small group travel to clients including KNKX. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Going Places with iTunes Google Play or Stitcher.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.