Platz der Republik
Platz der Republik

Platz der Republik

Platz der Republik, Berlin, 10557

The basics

The Platz der Republik is often featured on Berlin day tours, particularly walking tours that cover the capital's most important monuments and landmarks. Common stops alongside the Platz der Republik include Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the nearby Reichstag building. You can also save time waiting in line on tours that include skip-the-line entry to popular museums such as the DDR Museum. Plus, private transport between sites helps you navigate the sprawling capital with ease.

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Things to know before you go

  • If you’re planning to visit the Reichstag building from the Platz der Republik, there's barrier-free access via ramps on the West C entrance.

  • Platz der Republik is a great place for unobstructed photos of the Reichstag building, and there’s plenty to see nearby, such as the Brandenburg Gate.

  • If you happen to be on Platz der Republik in the summer months, there are usually concerts on Sundays at 3pm.

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How to get there

Situated right next to the Reichstag building, the Platz der Republik is easy to get to by public transport. It’s best to get the U-Bahn U55 to Bundestag Station, which is only a short walk away. If arriving at Berlin Central Station, it’s a 15-minute walk along Scheidemannstraße and Heinrich-von-Gagern-Strasse.

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When to get there

Many travelers come to the Platz der Republik to get great shots of the Reichstag building. If this is your plan then it’s best to come early in the morning when crowds are fewer. Otherwise, it’s a great spot to visit year-round, although the summer months of July through August tend to attract the biggest crowds.

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The history of the Platz der Republik

Platz der Republik, originally a parade ground established by King Frederick William I in 1735, has undergone multiple name changes over the years, including Konigsplatz. It earned its current name as a symbol of monarchy abolition. During World War II, locals grew vegetables here during food shortages. In addition to its historical significance, it became a hub for rock concerts and festivals, hosting names such as Michael Jackson and David Hasselhoff in the 1980s.

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