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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

Comfortable, enjoyable cruise with drinks

The boat was very comfortable, service was excellent and the cruise was very enjoyable. Audio guide attached to the seats gave good information about the city. Received two drinks - the lemon tea was especially great.

Budapest Daytime Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Dinusha, 01/27/2019

A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE CITY AT A REASONABLE PRICE

ALL ATTRACTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE TICKET(EXCEPT ENTRANCE FEES) PLUS A CRUISE A NIGHT AND WALKING TOUR WITH THE 72H PASS WELL WORTH IT

Excellent activity - great introduction to Budapest!

Overall excellent experience - prompt and efficient hotel pick up; first part is the drive in the minivan listening to the guide - both our driver and guide were so engaging, funny and informative and made the experience really interesting and exciting for the whole group; then there are stops at gellert hill, heroes square and the castle district which were all good (I was with my mother who has trouble walking, but she managed everything OK). Definitely better to be in a smaller group in a minivan instead of those big tour coaches. Overall great introduction to Budapest and gave us good ideas on where to visit next

Budapest: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/30/2018

A great tour of Budapest main tourist points

The tour was great. We were picked on time from were we stayed, the tour left almost on time (one couple were late). We spent the right amount of time in each local, no rush. And we arrived on time to our parliament tour, which was very impressive.

Occasional wait but covers all attractions. Staff a great help.

The drivers were very skillful at getting the large bus through tight spots. River cruises wrre terrific.

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