The move of the Bundestag and the government to Berlin is officially concluded when construction is completed on the new Federal Chancellery, occupied in May 2001. Other office buildings go up near the Reichstag building: the Jakob Kaiser House for members of parliament, the Paul Löbe House for parliamentary committees, and the Marie Elisabeth Lüders House for the library and reference and research services.
On October 3, the newly restored Brandenburg Gate is the scene of the national festivities celebrating the Day of German Unity. During the ceremony, the Gate is unveiled to reveal new splendor after almost two years of restoration work.
From May 28 to June 1, around 500,000 people celebrate the first Ecumenical Church Congress.
Four years of renovation of the Olympic Stadium come to an end on June 30.
The Tierpark, the zoo in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde, welcomes several spectacular new arrivals: little “Horas” first sees the light of day on February 14, while two other baby elephants, “Cinta” and “Yoma,” are born soon after. These mini-elephants become the Tierpark’s biggest attraction as it celebrates its 50th anniversary the same year.
The Federal Republic of Germany’s national Holocaust memorial is unveiled in Berlin on May 10. German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and President Horst Köhler are among the guests. Two days later, the memorial is opened to visitors. According to the memorial foundation, more than 60,000 people visited the site in the first month. The memorial consists of a field of 2711 concrete pillars and an underground information center.