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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.


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.

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

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.

Hungarian Parliament Building: Our 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 to 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.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • 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

A great way to see the sights of Budapest.

We enjoyed the experience and found the hop on , hop off bus a great way to get around the city.

Goof way to expirence tourist location at Budapest.

We travel two people. Good location and good voice explanations. No so visible bus stops so pay attention. Nice coupons, exept of the obvious discount it's a good way to try new places.

It was great to see and hear about the history of the city and nation!

Both the bus and boat were excellent and enjoyable. Guides and other people associated with the tour were helpful and friendly!?!!?

Great way to get to know the city and see the main places of interest

positive experience.The guides were very helpful and extremely hard-working.I would recommend it to anyone on a short break as it not only helps you to get your bearings very quickly but also allows you to visit as much as possible in a short time....all in a good value!

Amazing tour, an absolute must-see in Budapest!

The tour guides you through the incredible Parliament building, even more amazing in the inside than on the outside. The guide was very knowledgeable we had enough time to ask questions and to take some fantastic photos. The groups seemed to be full and there were no tickets on spot, so it was a great decision to book online beforehand. Not to be missed!
Budapest Parliament 45-Minute Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/01/2016

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