Budapest’s most recognizable building (and Hungary’s largest), sits majestically along the east bank of the Danube. The Hungarian Parliament building is unmissable- its buttresses, towers and mighty dome are dazzling from near and far. It is especially impressive at night, brightly illuminated in a golden glow.
The marble-clad interior is just as striking. Sweeping staircases, intricate ceiling designs, all accented with a large amount of gold- 40 kilograms! In fact, the Parliament building was so expensive, the money used to build it would have been enough to construct a small city!
Even though our guided tour of the Parliament building was relatively short, we got to admire the Main Staircase, the Dome Hall and the Session Hall of the Upper House. The most important attraction though, is the Crown of St. Stephen. The crown is protected by two guards who ceremoniously change their sword position every five minutes (so don’t stand too close!)
A Photo Tour of the Hungarian Parliament Building
Interesting Facts about the Hungarian Parliament Building
- Construction began in 1885, taking 1,000 workers 17 years to build the Parliament.
- It was scheduled to be finished by 1896 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Hungary’s foundation, but was not completed in time.
- The inspiration for its neo-Gothic design was London’s Houses of Parliament.
- The building is 268 m long and 123 m wide. The dome is 96 m high. There are 691 rooms and 29 staircases.
- 40 million bricks were used in its construction.
- Nearly 40 kg of 22-23 karat gold was used for decorations.
- Just 23 years after completion, renovations had to begin because the stone chosen by the architect was too soft.
Tips for Visiting the Hungarian Parliament Building
- Guided tours are held in English, Hungarian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Russian. Specific times are allotted for each language.
- An adult ticket for non-EU citizens is 3500 HUF. For EU citizens it’s 1750 HUF.
- There are no guided tours on national/bank holidays (March 15, August 20, October 23). The Parliament building is also closed January 1, Easter Sunday and Monday, May 1, November 1, and December 24-26.
- The ticket office is in the Museum of Ethnography, across from the Parliament. The ticket office is open from 8:00-11:00 am on Mondays and 8:00 am- 4:00pm Tuesdays-Sundays. Be prepared for a long lineup.
- A tour takes approximately 45 minutes, including the security check. It’s worth noting that there are no restrooms or bathrooms available to visitors during the tour.
- Taking pictures in the Dome Hall is strictly forbidden.
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