Visit the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest

Parlement Hongrois

The magnificent parliament in Hungary’s capital

Budapest’s most recognizable building (and Hungary‘s largest), stands majestically along the eastern bank of the Danube. The Hungarian Parliament building is a must-see: its buttresses, towers and imposing dome are dazzling from near and far. It is particularly impressive at night, brilliantly illuminated in golden light.

Parlement Hongrois la nuit à Budapest

Flickr – Larry Myhre

The marble-clad interior is just as striking. Grand staircases, intricate designs on the ceiling, all accented with a vast quantity of gold (40 kg)! In fact, Parliament was so expensive to build that the money used to construct it would have been enough to build a small town.

A guided tour of the Parliament is relatively short, but you’ll have time to admire themain staircase, the dome room and the Hungarian National Assembly Hall. The most important attraction, however, is the Crown of St. Stephen. The crown is protected by two guards who ceremoniously change the position of their swords every five minutes.

Visit the Hungarian Parliament in photos

The main staircase
Escalier principal Parlement Hongrois

Flickr – Cynewulf

The parliament assembly hall
Assemblée Parlement Hongrois Budapest

Flickr – Alex E. Proimos

La Couronne de Saint-Étienne
Couronne de Saint-Étienne

Flickr – granada_turnier

An overview of parliamentary ceilings
Plafond du parlement Hongrois

Flickr – Cle0patra

Un repose cigares
Repose cigares

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La coupole du Parlement Hongrois de Budapest
Coupole Parlement Hongrois Budapest

Flickr – FlorisvanderBeek

A few anecdotes about the Hungarian Parliament

– Construction began in 1885 and took 17 years with 1,000 workers.

– It was due to be completed in 1896 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary, but was not finished in time.

– Its neo-Gothic style was inspired by the Palace of Westminster in London.

– The building is 268 m long and 123 m wide. The dome is 96 m high. Inside, there are 691 rooms and 29 staircases.

– 40 million bricks were used in its construction.

– Almost 40 kg of 22-23 carat gold were used for the decorations.

– Only 23 years after its completion, renovations were necessary because the stone chosen by the architect was not hard enough.

Parlement Hongrois

Flickr – Rafael Millan

Information, schedules, rates

First of all, here’s a map of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest:

Admission fee for visit

Full price: HUF 3500

European Union residents: HUF 1750

Students and young people (6-24 years): HUF 1750

EU students (6-24 years): HUF 875

Under 6s: free of charge

Book your guided tour in advance here:

Opening hours

April 1 to October 31: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am to 4pm

November 1 to March 31: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Guided tours in French are available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday and Monday, May 1st, November 1st, and from December 24th to 26th.

For further information, please visit the official website.

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