Budapest: Night Cruise with Parliament View and Champagne
- Duration: 1 hour
- Optional audio guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Pick up from hotel was easy and smooth, had to travel to tour office to pick up our guide. There wasn't anyone else on our tour so felt like a private guide! Our tour guide delivered us to the parliament building, showing us some sites along the way, where we were given our tickets and then joined the normal parliament tours offered. Whilst we enjoyed the 'mini' tour with our private guide, when we realised how much a usual tour at the parliament building cost, we felt like we had overpaid and done the whole thing much cheaper ourselves. It felt luxurious doing it this way and in hindsight, would have just booked the parliament tour online ourselves and made our own way there at a fraction of the cost. Having said that, we did enjoy it and our 'outside' tour guide was both lovely and very knowledgable, and the parliament tour guide was very funny and made it! Impressive building - definitely book to ensure you get tickets for when you want.
Great cruise covering the most beautiful parts of Budapest with a really qualitative english comment (and also very good champagne :) ). Super professional and nice crew, moreover strictly respecting covid-19 security rules. It was a great family moment !
It was a really nice experience. We saw every important monument which at night are amazing and also heard interesting facts a information. The glass of champagne was also very good
Totally worth it! It was the highlight of our Budapest trip, the view was just amazing. The commentary was very good and the champagne was a nice touch. The boat was clean.
Marele tur, a fost de fapt Micul tur, f.simplu si rapid: 10 minute poze la Piata Eroilir, o plimbare scurta prin oras si 30 min.la Fisherman's Bastion