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Film and light show

The film and light show starts at dusk at the riverbank next to the Reichstag building.

The film and light show starts at dusk at the riverbank next to the Reichstag building.

© German Bundestag/Ralph Larmann

To the German People
A journey through parliamentary history from the Reichstag to the Bundestag
A film and light show from 24 June to 3 October 2019 starting at dusk at the riverbank next to the Reichstag Building

This summer, Berlin’s parliamentary district on the banks of the River Spree will
again be the backdrop for an impressive film and sound installation about the history of German parliamentarism. Every evening for 15 weeks, large-format video images will be projected onto the façades of various buildings, accompanied by a multimedia sound and light show – bringing the most important moments in German parliamentary history to life at this historic location at the heart of German democracy.

A journey through parliamentary history – from the Reichstag to the Bundestag

The 30-minute film explores the close links between the Reichstag Building and the highs and lows of German parliamentary history, starting with the imperial period in the late nineteenth century and taking the audience right up to the present day. It tells the story of the construction, destruction, restoration, wrapping and reconstruction of the Reichstag Building and its final reincarnation at the end of the 1990s as the seat of the parliament of reunified Germany.

History and architecture in a completely new light

This atmospheric film and light display is best enjoyed across the River Spree from Friedrich-Ebert-Platz or the riverbank next to the Reichstag Building. The entire Marie-Elisabeth Lüders Building forms part of the show: images will be projected onto the façade of the building, making impressive use of its architecture. Last year’s screenings attracted many thousands of viewers.
We hope you will join us this year and enjoy reliving key moments in German
parliamentary history – exactly where it happens. 

Every evening in summer

There will be two back-toback screenings of the film every evening from 24 June to 3 October. The show will begin at the following times each day:
▪ from 29 July: 21.45 hrs
▪ from 12 August: 21.15 hrs
▪ from 26 August: 20.45 hrs
▪ from 9 September: 20.15 hrs
Each screening lasts around 30 minutes. The viewing area is located on Friedrich-Ebert-Platz (steps) on the southern bank of the River Spree.
The show is free of charge.


Subtitles are available in ten languages for foreign visitors. Please connect to the local “multimediashow” Wi-Fi network and then enter the following link in your web browser: www.gbp19.de