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The Architecture of the Hungarian Parliament Building

Budapest's striking parliament building, which took 1,000 workers 13 years to complete, on the banks of the Danube in Pest, is the third largest in Euorpe. Be it day or night, or viewed from a distance in hilly Buda, this iconic symbol is a sight to behold.

Architect

Architect

Imre Steindl submitted his plans upon the official call for a parliament building in 1880. The Gothic Revival design reflects the inspiration he found in the Palace of Westminster.

Exterior

Exterior

90 statues on the outer walls reflect Hungarian monarchs and military commanders. Though not typical in Gothic design, the dome rises 314 feet from the center of the building.

Interior

Interior

The lavish décor brims with the influences of Renaissance and Baroque. The Natonal Library, which holds 500,000 volumes, and the Hungarian Coronation Regalia are also inside.

The Main Staircase

The Main Staircase

These stairs lead to the Dome Hall, amid a stunning setting of allegorical ceilng frescoes, which illustrate the governing of the country, and 16 statues holding coronation symbols.

The Dome Hall

The Dome Hall

Parliamentary sessions with both houses occur below the interior of the dome, which rises 88 feet overhead. The statues and coat of arms of 16 rulers line the walls of the hall.

Our insider tips

Opening times

May 1 - September 30 from 8:00AM - 6:00PM (Monday - Friday); 8:00AM - 4:00PM (Saturday); 8:00AM - 2:00PM (Sunday).
October 1 - April 30 from 8:00AM - 4:00PM (Monday - Friday); 8:00AM - 4:00PM (Saturday); 8:00AM - 2:00PM (Sunday).

Guided Tours

The 50-minute, English-language tour takes place daily at 10:00AM, 12:00PM and 2:00PM. Tickets cost 2,520 forint (HUF), and it's advisable to book the desired time in advance online. Keep in mind that tickets are limited every day, and some days may be closed to the public due to official events. The starting point is at the Visitors Center at the end of Balassi Bálint Street.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Summer weekdays 8:00AM-6:00PM, winter weekdays 8:00AM-4:00PM, every Saturday 8:00AM-4:00PM, every Sunday 8:00AM-2:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult entrance and tour tickets are 2,520HUF, or just under $10.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Tours are provided by the staff and are the only way to see the interior, but check out our other tours of the area!
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from many hotels in city center!
  • Additional information

    • Buy your tickets at gate #10, then proceed to gate #12 for the tour.

    • Student concessions are available.

What people are saying about Hungarian Parliament Building

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 5,611 reviews

Parliament is amazing, better communication would help

I bought this tour as it was the only way to get into one of the English tours of Parliament. The emailed confirmation said I would be texted or emailed about pick up time but I wasn’t. The morning of the tour I had to call the 800# to get details. The phone and emails listed in the confirmation were both no longer working which made me suspect I had been had. Fortunately all was well and the cab driver did arrive at our hotel to pick us up. Apparently the Budapest supplier now communicates only via WhatsApp. Do not miss the Parliament tour!

Great tour to see the inside of Parliament building and boat ride

Parliament building is very busy and we were anxious about missing our timing, but our Get your guide tour person turned up as planned and took our passports to get the tour tickets from the ticket office. Efficient English speaking guide who showed us around the parliament building, beautiful inside and out. The Danube cruise meeting point was shown to us and we had no trouble finding it. Relaxing boat trip with lots of sunshine. Great way to see the sights and in all a great experience

Great tour to see the highlights of Budapest!

We were a group of 14 people composed mostly of seniors and so our pace was a bit slow as could be expected. Our guide Mikhail was amazing and completely accommodating! We never felt rushed throughout the tour. He took us to the beautiful sites of Budapest and explained the history and stories behind the sites. He was very engaging and lively. Perfect tour if you only have a few short days in the city.

Budapest: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by

Magnificent building! Don't miss seeing the magnificent decor!

The English tour was just 20 minutes, and I wished it was a little longer- 30 minutes. Tour guide was deeply knowledgeable and kept the tour group moving. The architecture, artwork, sculpture, and historical significance is apparent Favorite room was the great Hall where the crown is kept.

Budapest Parliament 45-Minute Guided Tour Reviewed by

Brilliant, informative, history filled city tour.

Gabriel gave us a brilliant tour of Budapest. We had our elderly mother with us and we managed to see all the sites. Gabriel provided a lot of information on the history in a fun, interesting manner. Highly recommended this tour. Nothing beats having a local show you around.

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