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Reichstag dome reopening for tourists after terror alert

The Local · 8 Apr 2011, 15:43

Published: 08 Apr 2011 15:43 GMT+02:00

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Following relaxed security precautions, individuals will again be allowed into the glass cupola and roof to take in sweeping views of the city. During the heightened security alert only scheduled groups had been welcomed into the building for tours.

Police closed the dome in late November in a dramatic clampdown that followed reports that Islamists could be planning a Mumbai-style attack on the building.

That same month then Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière had said there were “concrete indications” of an imminent attack on Germany, calling for increased vigilance from citizens. The government then ramped up security at airports, train stations and government buildings, in addition to closing the Reichstag to tourists.

But tourists interested in seeing the building will still have to register two work days in advance either online, via fax or by post. Officials expect a storm of inquiries, but each one will be answered, a visitors’ service spokeswoman assured.

Visiting hours will be between 8 am and 11 pm.

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17:57 April 8, 2011 by dcgi
I'd like to know if it did all go down at the Reichstag how the guy on the left is going to apprehend the terrorists :-D
21:47 April 8, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
@dcgi, I was wondering the exact same thing! I do like this picture though -- the way the portly police officer's shape mimics the shape of the dome rotunda in the background. :)

And Is it just me, or does anyone else think the guy on the right has a bit of a merry expression as he keeps both hands on his rifle.
13:35 April 9, 2011 by Freeman
Oh wow I remember no to long ago An expensive sports car and driver flew into a watery area around there, in middle of the night. and had not been noticed by any security on duty around that Reichstag till a a few days after the event.
14:55 April 9, 2011 by jbaker
The Guy on the left does not apprehend Terrorists. He grabs the rifle of the Guy on the right and shoots the suspected Terrorists. This keeps the possibility of Heart Attacks Low and all at the Reichstag will stay Safe.
17:04 April 10, 2011 by Sastry.M
May be a common exercise to keep the Polizei vigilant and please the architect of dome.
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