This Berlin tourist attraction was once controversially wrapped in fabric by Bulgarian artist Christo, but the German Parliamentary building has never been shy of controversy. Originally built by Paul Wallot in 1894, it was a victim of arson in 1933, which was used by the Nazis as a pretext to clamp down on Communists. Sir Norman Foster was responsible for the impressive renovations in 1999 – a blend of old and new. Original graffiti from Russian soldiers in 1945 remains on the walls and can make for interesting reading. Queues can be long, but a trip to the top of the Reichstag’s glass dome is a must. If the city views aren’t impressive enough, the mirror-clad funnel at the centre of the dome (used to shed light on workers below) will visually entertain. The highly regarded Dachgarten restaurant can also be found beneath the dome. Note: access to the Reichstag interior and Plenary Hall is by prior arrangement only.