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Nestled on the right bank of the Danube, in the district of Lipótváros, the Parliament of Budapest is undoubtedly one of the top tourist attractions in the city.

Follow Captain Ulysses on a tour of this iconic monument overlooking the River Danube! Follow the guide!

💡 The Captain’s tip 💡

🧐 Want to know more about the history of Budapest? Captain Ulysses highly recommends this free guided tour of the city. It’s up to you to choose how much you wish to tip the tour guide!

💤 Are you looking for a hotel in Budapest? Be sure to check out the Captain’s article: Where to stay in Budapest? Advice & recommendations

🏛 Planning your trip to Budapest? Take a look the Captain’s detailed article on the best things to do: A Guide to Budapest

👶 Planning a family adventure to Budapest? Discover all of the Captain’s top tips in the article: Exploring Budapest with the Kids: Family-Friendly Activities.

Brief history of the Parliament of Budapest

The city of Budapest was founded in 1873. after the unification of three different cities: Buda, Pest, and Óbuda.

In 1880, the National Assembly of Hungary approved the construction of a brand new building which was to embody the new capital’s power and sovereignty. An international competition was organised to select the architect to whom the realization of the plans for the Parliament would be entrusted. Imre Steindl won with a project largely inspired by the Palace of Westminster in London.

⌛ Little historical reminder ⌛

Hungary did not declare independence until 1918, and was previously ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Construction began in 1885 and the building was inaugurated on the 1,000th anniversary of Hungary in 1896, although construction works actually ended 8 years later.

The Parliament’s architect went blind and passed away in 1902, before completion of the construction.

Hungarian Parliament - Budapest

Number crunching

Ready to be amazed? Here are some mind-blowing figures about the Parliament of Budapest:

  • The Parliament of Budapest is 268 meters (879 ft) long and 123 (404 ft) meters wide
  • The dome is 96 meters (315 ft) high
  • The workforce required for the construction of the Parliament? 1000 people!
  • 40 million bricks, half a million semi-precious stones… and 40 kg of gold were used
  • The Hungarian Parliament includes 691 rooms, 10 courtyards, 29 stairways, 242 sculptures and 2772 windows
  • It has a total floor area of 18,000 m² (193,800 sq ft)
  • At the time of the construction, the Budapest Parliament was the largest parliament in the world! It now the 3rd biggest in the world after the Parliaments of Romania and Argentina.

In a word: extravagant!

Visiting the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest

If you want to visit the Parliament of Budapest, the only option is a guided tour. The Parliament – understandably – does not allow visitors to roam the building on their own.

The visit lasts approximately 45 minutes during which the tour guide will provide detailed information about the building’s history and architecture. Visits in English start at 10 am, 12 pm, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Facade of the Hungarian Parliament

Before entering the Parliament, take a moment to peer at its impressive facade.

Built in a decidedly neo-Gothic style, the Parliament of Budapest is definitely quite similar to the Palace of Westminster in London. Unlike the latter, however, it features a 96-meter-high dome. The building is flanked by several towers, which are also in a neo-Gothic style.

Parliament of Budapest

The interior of the Hungarian Parliament

Main staircase - Parliament of Budapest

Inside the Parliament, the decoration is collection of luxurious ornaments: gilding, tapestries, sculptures, stained glass …

👉 The hexadecagonal hall & the crown of Saint Stephen: this large hexadecagonal hall (16 sides) houses the famous crown of Saint Stephen and the crown jewels of Hungary. Statues of the kings of Hungary – including Stephen Ist – are also on exhibit. Photos are prohibited in the hexadecagonal room.

👉 The living room of the former chamber of deputies and the sitting room of the upper house : now open to visitors and converted into a meeting room, this large semi-circular room housed parliamentary sittings until 1945. In 1945, the Hungarian parliamentary system, which was until then bicameral (2 chambers: 1 upper chamber + a lower chamber) becomed unicameral (a single chamber).

🤓 For your information 🤓

You may notice strange objects in the sitting room of the upper room: these are numbered cigar rests. As the Chamber of Deputies was non-smoking, parliamentarians had to put down their cigars before entering the room!

Admiring the view from the Danube

As you can imagine, as an accomplished sailor, Captain Ulysse is always up for a cruise! ⛵

The view on the Hungarian Parliament from the River Danube is particularly stunning, especially at nightfall! That’s why Captain Ulysses strongly recommends that you embark on a cruise on the Danube: a must-do in Budapest!

👉 If you’re running on a tight budget, the Captain recommends this 1 hour cruise with cocktail . If you have a few Hungarian forints to spare, why not indulge in a dinner cruise on the Danube (with concert)?

Hungarian Parliament at night - Budapest

Access

Getting to the Hungarian Parliament

The Parliament of Budapest is located in the district of Lipótváros, on the right bank of the Danube.

The nearest public transport stops are:

MetroKossuth Lajos tér stationM2 line
TramKossuth Lajos tér stopLine 2
BusKossuth Lajos tér stop Lines 15, 70, 78 and 115

Hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours also stop at the Parliament of Budapest. They’re quite a practical practical option when it comes to getting around the city.

👉 More info: hop-on hop-off bus tour

View of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest

Opening hours of the Parliament of Budapest

English tours of the Parliament start at 10 am, 12 pm, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Tours are also available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian or Hebrew.

The Hungarian Parliament is closed during plenary sittings and on certain public holidays (January 1st, March 5th, Easter Sunday and Monday, May 1st, August 20th, October 23rd, November 1st and from the 24th to the 26th December).

Adult member of the EU3200 HUF
Children & students members of the EU
6 to 24 years old
1600 HUF
Adult non EU citizen6 400 HUF
Children & students non EU citizens
6 to 24 years old
3200 HUF
Children under 6Free of charge

👉 If you’re curious to learn more about Budapest’s rich history, Captain Ulysses highly recommends this Grand City Tour with Parliament Visit.

⚠️ Watch out for fake tickets ⚠️

Be warned! Fake tickets for the Hungarian Parliament are on sale on the internet.

👉 Skip the lines: book your tickets and visits in advance!

👉 Find the perfect place to stay in Budapest!

 

👉 Looking for tips and recommendations? Here are all of Captain Ulysses’ suggestions!

🛏️ Accommodation:
Booking ($: Avenue Hostel | $$: Agape Apartments | $$$: Hotel Moments Budapest)

🎟️ Guided tours, cruises, skip-the-line tickets…:
GetYourGuide, Tiqets and Civitatis

🎫 Citypass:
The Budapest Card

🚐 Transfers:
Airport transfer

🚌Transport in Budapest:
Hop-on hop-off bus tour | a russian jeep | Trabant

✈️ Flights:
Skyscanner


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Credits
Pixabay | Pexels | Yann Caradec

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