Hungarian Parliament Building

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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Perfektní! Milý personál, welcome drink (pomerančový džus nebo šampaňské). Přišli jsme o 20 min. dříve, abychom si mohli vybrat místa, kde budeme chtít sedět. Během plavby hrála hudba a také zazněl výklad o památkách, zajímavostech a fun facts. Loď se ani nehoupala, takže doporučuju i pro někoho, komu se normálně dělá špatně. Nemohu nic vytknout.

I loved it! A beautiful stroll along the Danube. The views were incredible. The staff was professional and the seats comfortable. Also i liked that audio guide in english it was very informative

Very relaxing and informative tour of the Danube river with detailed explanations of all the significant landmarks in both Buda and Pest.

Excellent activity, our guide spoke English very well, a very nice person and well informed about the history of the city.

Excellent views, humble staff, a welcome drink, clean deck, all these for a low price :)