Discover the Hungarian Parliament
The Hungarian Parliament is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings and the most outstanding landmark of the Pest side. This building has become the recognized symbol of democracy in Hungary. The Hungarian Parliament is the city’s top icon.
If you only have time to visit one building of the dozens of spectacular sights in Budapest, make it the Hungarian Parliament!
The Hungarian Parliament is the world’s third largest national assembly building. The most important building of Hungary was completed in 1904 (built from 1885) to celebrate the Hungarian millenium year of 1896.
The Hungarian Parliament is the tallest building in Budapest. The building is 96 metres tall (315ft) and 265 metres long (869 ft). However it’s the same height as the St. Stephen Basilica, symbolizing the equality between religion and state.
With an impressive facade and even more extravagant interior,the Hungarian Parliament dominates the Danube river bank.
The edifice has 17 gates, 10 courtyards, 29 staircases, and its decorated with 252 statues. Inside the Parliament building you can see the Holy Crown, the Crown badges and the Congress room.
The Holy Crown and the crowning jewels, it also gives home the Hungarian National Assembly and the seat of the Prime Minister. The Holy Crown is one of the oldest coronation jewelry in Europe. Throughout the history the kings of Hungary were only acknowledged if they were crowned with The Holy Crown.
A hulking Neo-Gothic base topped by a soaring Neo-Renaissance dome, it’s one of the city’s top landmarks.
This breathtaking architectural masterpiece was designed by Imre Steindl. This iconic structure is thought to have been inspired by London’s rebuilt Palace of Westminster.
About one thousand people were involved in construction, during which 40 million bricks, half million stones and 40 kilogram of gold were used. The interior design includes huge halls and 691 rooms.
Visiting center opening hours:
- Monday-Sunday: 8:00am-6:00pm
- EU citizens (adults) 2400HUF-3500HUF
- EU citizens (students) 1300HUF-1900HUF
- Non EU citizens (adults) 6000HUF-6700HUF
- Non EU citizens (students) 3100HUF-3500HUF
- Visitors under 6 is free of charge.
Tickets come with an appointed tour time and often sell out. To ensure getting a space, it’s worth to book online a day or two in advance. If you didn’t prebook a ticket, go the the visitor center.
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The best views of the Hungarian Parliament are from across the Danube, late afternoon or evening.
Short video around the Hungarian Parliament! Enjoy!