We went to tour the capitol, the Reichstag Building or Reichstagsgebäude. By pre-arranged appointment, tourists can enter the roof and dome areas free of cost. First one must go through a security checkpoint in a small building outside, then pass through a security door to get inside the building.
The outer spiral is a walkway for tourists to go up to the top.
Everyone had to take a photo in the mirrors - including me. :)
There is a large sun shade which moves around the dome with the sun to prevent excessive glare. I imagine that without it, the reflection could be quite blinding to those inside (and broil them as though under a magnifying glass).
Brandenburger Tor, which looks sadly tiny as it was not intended to be viewed from above, but rather to loom majestically over those passing under it (and it DOES). In the far background are a forest of red cranes due to a tremendous amount of construction going on in the downtown (Mitte) area. I am so glad I visited those areas in 2011 before the construction, as much of downtown is currently torn up.
Fernsehturm (TV Tower) lurking in the distance and marking the center of town no matter where you are in Berlin.
Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz.
The front of the Reichstag Building, in all its splendor.