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Complete guide to Hungarian Parliament

"I understand that my socialist fellow representatives can always only bear the Hungarian national flag together with a flag of another color, either red or blue — but this is the Hungarian national parliament."
- László Kövér, National Assembly speaker

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Why Is Budapest Parliament So Famous / Important?

Hungarian Parliament, commissioned in 1885 in Budapest, was the symbol of the Hungarian aspirations toward independence from Austria. Albeit part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire since 1867, poor Hungary was tied to the wealthy Austrian Empire long before the formal unification. As the lower and middle Hungarian classes rose to prominence thanks to trade and the advancement of technology, their influence also increased. That resulted in their ability to make their own constitution and commission the parliament. Construction of the parliament began in 1885 according to the designs of Imre Steindl, who took British Houses of Parliament as an inspiration. The monumental venue was completed in 1902, remaining the largest Hungarian building ever since.

Featuring neo-Gothic architecture and Renaissance and Baroque details, the Hungarian Parliament stands at the bank of the Danube River in Pest. Dominated by slender spires and ornate decoration, the Budapest Parliament houses Hungarian crown jewels and crown in the Cupola Hall beneath the imposing dome. Statues of celebrated Hungarians decorate the most important hall of the parliament, too. Monumental stairway, featuring Corinthian columns, Byzantine elements and Renaissance details, is another highlight of the majestic structure.

Ranked as the second top attraction of Budapest on TripAdvisor, the Parliament of Hungary has an average rate of 4.5 by almost 36,500 reviews. The majority of the reviewers describe the landmark as incredible both during the day and night. Guided tours of the parliament building are available, introducing its highlights. In recent years, around 600,000 travelers visit the Budapest Parliament every year.

15 Budapest Parliament Facts

  1. Parliament of Hungary is one of the few largest parliament buildings throughout the world. The proportions of the immense structure are 268 x 118 x 96 meters (length x width x height).
  2. Renaissance dome is the tallest (96 meters) and most dominant feature of the landmark.
  3. The monumental stairway inside the structure has 96 stairs.
  4. Although incomplete, the Parliament was inaugurated in 1896, marking the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian settlement of the area. That's why the number 96 had a great symbolism during the construction of the venue.
  5. The main architect of the parliament building didn't get to see his masterpiece completed. Before he died in 1902, in the very year when the structure was completed, he went blind.
  6. Hungarian crown dates back to 1,000 AD. Then, it was presented to Saint Stephen, the last Hungarian prince who became the first Hungarian king.
  7. According to certain data, the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) in London was an inspiration for the designs of the Budapest Parliament. If you take a look at the building from the other side of the Danube (from Buda), you may notice similarities.
  8. Hanigan Parliament requires almost constant reconstruction, which makes it very expensive for maintaining.
  9. Soft limestone used to dominate the exterior of the parliament in the first decades of the landmark's existence. However, it was easy to damage, which led to its substitution by hard limestone after WWII.
  10. Hard limestone, on the other hand, is susceptible to pollution, achieving grey coloring. Because of this and other reasons, maintaining the Parliament of Hungary is an ongoing and costly work, rendering the parliament the most expensive structure for maintenance in Hungary.
  11. One of the most turbulent events that took place at the Budapest Parliament was the uprising against the oppressive Soviet regime in 1956. The Soviets opened fire, killing many rebels in the process.
  12. Some sections of the exterior still feature bullet scars as a reminder of the Soviet tyranny.
  13. Hungarian Parliament has 365 towers and 242 sculptures, of which 88 decorate the interior.
  14. The total weight of the golden leaves ornamenting the parliament weighs 40 kg.
  15. Walking every stairway inside the Budapest Parliament would be quite a treck. Their total length is around 20 kilometers.

Budapest Parliament Tours & Tickets

Budapest Parliament is an unmissable attraction of the capital of Hungary featuring grand design and symbols of the Hungarian national identity. In short, the size and abundance of works of art make it nearly impossible for travelers to get to know this top attraction of the city without a guided tour. And there are several interesting tours among which you can choose to gain a better understanding of the Hanigan Parliament, the city and the nation itself.

1.Budapest Parliament 45-minute guided tour

What’s the tour about?

The tour introduces one of the largest parliament buildings in the world, its history, art and top points of interest. During the activity, travelers tour the interior and marvel at sumptuous and intricate ornamentation of the grandest Hungarian official building. Some highlights of the tour are Hungarian crown jewels, grand staircase and the session room.

Highlights of the tour
  • Hungarian crown worn by Saint Stephen when he became the first king of Hungary
  • Hungarian crown jewels
  • Cupola Room, in which Hungarian crown jewels are on display
  • Monumental staircase featuring several styles
  • Session room of the Hungarian Parliament
Includes
  • Guided tour in a few widely-spoken languages of the world
  • Fast-track entry to the Hungarian Parliament building
  • Transfer service as an option
Excludes
  • Food and beverages
Duration of the tour

45 minutes

Customer ratings

4.5 / 5

Price

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2. Budapest Grand City Tour with Parliament Visit

What’s the tour about?

This entertaining activity combines the tour of the city of Budapest and a visit to the Parliament of Hungary, one of the most incredible venues in Europe. During the city tour, travelers visit many top points of interest of Buda, the city on the left bank of the Danube, and Pest, on the right. After the sightseeing tour, visitors take a guided tour of the Budapest Parliament, which houses Hungarian crown jewels and features extraordinary design.

Highlights of the tour
  • Elisabeth Bridge, named after the spouse of Franz Joseph I, the last Austro-Hungarian emperor
  • Gellert Hill, offering views of the city
  • Parliament of Hungary, a neo-Gothic structure resembling somewhat of London’s Houses of Parliament
  • Matthias Church, featuring Gothic and Renaissance styles
  • Heroes’ Square, dotted with sculptures of Hungarian monarchs
Includes
  • Sightseeing tour of Budapest by bus in a company of a licensed and friendly guide
  • Guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament
Excludes
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
Duration of the tour

About four, four and a half hours

Customer ratings

4.2 / 5

Price

3. Budapest Parliament Tour in English & Danube Cruise

What’s the tour about?

The guided tour combines a relaxing cruise on the Danube River and a tour of the grand Budapest Parliament building. The cruise introduces some of the top attractions of the Hungarian capital, such as the Castle of Buda, Great Market Hall and the Fisherman's Bastion. The guided tour of the Parliament introduces the largest Hungarian structure, elegant decoration and crown jewels of the monarchs of Hungary.

Highlights of the tour
  • Parliament of Hungary, a neo-Gothic masterpiece displaying Hungarian crown and crown jewels
  • Buda Castle, a Baroque complex where kings of Hungary used to reside
  • Great Market Hall, a neo-Gothic structure where you can buy souvenirs and local produce
  • Fisherman's Bastion, a striking complex assuming the viewpoint from where visitors admire views of the city and the Danube
Includes
  • Guided tour of the Budapest Parliament
  • Afternoon cruise on the Danube
  • Free visits to Kossuth Museum and Gróf Széchenyi Museum
Excludes
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks
  • Transfer service
Duration of the tour

Guided tour of the parliament lasts one hour; Danube cruise is 1:30 hours long

Customer ratings

4.8 / 5

Price

4. Discover the City of Budapest: Half-Day Bike Tour Visit

What’s the tour about?

Budapest, consisting of Buda and Pest, is the capital of Hungary that has many UNESCO-declared sites, and the guided tour by bike introduces many of them. During the bike tour, visitors access various points from where they can take exceptional photos. The tour is especially useful for first-time visitors, allowing them to learn to orientate in the city.

Highlights of the tour
  • Parliament of Hungary, also known as Budapest Parliament, the stunning neo-Gothic structure built in 1902
  • Dohany Synagogue, the largest Jewish place of worship in Hungary and Europe
  • State Opera House, a neo-Renaissance structure that is among the leading musical institutions in the world
  • Castle of Buda, a former royal residence featuring neo-Renaissance architecture
  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica, a neoclassical religious structure named after the first Hungarian king
Includes
  • Assistance of certified guide
  • Bike and complimentary equipment (helmet, map, baby seats…)
Excludes
  • Admission to paid attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips
  • Transfers
Duration of the tour

2:30 hours

Customer ratings

4.8 / 5

Price

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5. 3-Hour Small Group Walking Tour of Budapest

What’s the tour about?

Besides famous attractions, Budapest has many lesser-known points of interest worth discovering. This tour allows participants to combine extensive sightseeing and learn a lot about Hungarian capital. The tour features a limited number of participants, which ensures a personalized experience.

Highlights of the tour
  • Parliament of Hungary, a neo-Gothic landmark on the Danube somewhat similar to the Houses of Parliament in London
  • UNESCO-listed Heroes’ Square, with statues of Hungarian royals on display there
  • Neoclassical Saint Stephen’s Basilica, a 19th-century ecclesiastical structure named after the venerated saint and the first Hungarian king
Includes
  • Sightseeing tour by a knowledgeable local guide
Excludes
  • Tips
  • Admissions to attractions along the route
  • Drinks and food
Duration of the tour

Three hours

Customer ratings

5 / 5

Price

6. Budapest Grand City Center 2-Hour Segway Tour

What’s the tour about?

Segway tour of Budapest is a great way of acquainting yourself with the city in an entertaining and efficient manner. Participants in the activity receive a short course of riding a Segway and then explore the capital of Hungary. Along the way, travelers visit many great attractions and hear interesting facts about Budapest.

Highlights of the tour
  • Budapest Parliament, an incredible neo-Gothic structure that is the largest building in Hungary
  • Heroes’ Square, a UNESCO-listed site that features statues of former Hungarian monarchs
  • Neo-Baroque Szechenyl Thermal Baths, Europe’s largest medical bath consisting of saunas, pools and gyms
  • Vajdahunyad Castle, a romantic castle build in 1896 to commemorate settling of the Hungarians in the region
Includes
  • Licensed and forthcoming guide
  • Training for inexperienced users of Segway
  • Segway and complimentary equipment
Excludes
  • Gratuities
  • Entrances to attractions along the route
  • Meals and beverages
Duration of the tour

Two hours

Customer ratings

5 / 5

Price

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7. Budapest Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

What’s the tour about?

Hop-on hop-off bus tour entitles visitors to make use of sightseeing buses that cover touristy areas and top attractions of Budapest at their convenience. Well-deployed stops along a few routes allow complete freedom for travelers while they explore the city. There are no limitations regarding the number of rides and how many times you will make use of the service during the 1-, 2- or 3-day validity period.

Highlights of the tour
  • Castle Hill of Buda, featuring Baroque houses, Buda Castle – a former royal residence, and the Fisherman’s Bastion, a monumental complex offering views of the Danube and the city
  • Heroes’ Square, a UNESCO-listed site displaying statues of renowned Hungarians
  • Chain Bridge, the first permanent connection between Buda and Pest on the Danube River
  • Parliament of Hungary, the largest building in Hungary and the third largest parliament in the world
  • The night tour of the Hungarian capital with the Deluxe (3-day) pass
  • Free Danube River cruise for owners of Premium (2-day) and Deluxe (3-day) passes
Includes
  • Unlimited rides during the validity period
Excludes
  • Meals and drinks
  • Transfers
Duration of the tour

Flexible

Customer ratings

4.2 / 5

Price

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8. Budapest City Sightseeing Tour

What’s the tour about?

The guided tour of Budapest introduces the city highlights and points of interest that usually miss the eye of a traveler. Conceived to introduce the capital of Hungary to first-time and returned visitors, the activity covers UNESCO and historic sites of both Buda and Pest, two cities forming Budapest.

Highlights of the tour
  • Parliament of Hungary, an imposing landmark standing next to the Danube on the Pest side of the city featuring neo-Gothic design and Renaissance details
  • Gellert Hill, a vantage point from where you can see the city and take excellent photos
  • Matthias Church, a religious structure combining Renaissance and Gothic elements outside and feel of the Orient inside
  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica, a monumental basilica featuring neoclassical architecture honoring the first king of Hungary who is revered Christian saint
Includes
  • Professional and friendly guide
  • Panoramic sightseeing of Budapest by bus
  • Transfers from hotels in the center of the city
Excludes
  • Tips, meals and drinks
Duration of the tour

Four hours

Customer ratings

4.6 / 5

Price

9. Budapest Parliament Tour and Danube Cruise with Drinks

What’s the tour about?

The package combines two must-do activities for every traveler visiting the capital of Hungary - guided tour of the Budapest Parliament and the Danube River cruise. Hungarian Parliament boasts incredible exterior and a vast interior consisting of monumental staircases, countless works of art and official rooms. After the tour of the Parliament, visitors join a river cruise that reveals many points of interest of Budapest.

Highlights of the tour
  • Cupola Room of the Budapest Parliament, exhibiting Hungarian crown jewels and the crown worn by the first king of Hungary – Saint Stephen.
  • Main Staircase in the parliament, featuring a multitude of elements, such as neoclassical Corinthian columns and Renaissance details
  • Buda Castle, a former seat of the Hungarian royals featuring Baroque design
  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica, a grand ecclesiastical structure named after the first king of Hungary and a worshipped saint
  • Great Market Hall, one of the leading markets of Budapest boasting neo-Gothic design
Includes
  • Guided tour of the Budapest Parliament
  • Daytime Danube cruise with two drinks
  • Free tickets for Gróf Széchenyi and Kossuth Museum boat museums
Excludes
  • Gratuities
  • Transfers
  • Meals and drinks
Duration of the tour

Parliament tour lasts up to an hour; Danube cruise lasts around two hours

Customer ratings

4.2 / 5

Price

10. Budapest 1-Hour Parliament Tour with Pick-up

What’s the tour about?

Visiting the Parliament of Hungary is among the top activities in Budapest and Hungary, revealing an extraordinary design and strong symbolism. Budapest Parliament is the largest structure in Hungary featuring elaborate exterior and a grand interior dotted with works of art. During the guided tour, visitors see the most iconic and significant premises of the building.

Highlights of the tour
  • Cupola Room, in which visitors can see Hungarian crown jewels and the crown worn by Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary
  • Monumental staircase, featuring elaborate decoration consisting of Renaissance details and neoclassical Corinthian columns
  • Session room, in which the parliament of Hungary meets
Includes
  • Transfer from centrally-located hotels
  • Guided tour of the Parliament of Hungary
  • Skip-the-line entry
Excludes
  • Tips
  • Food and drink
Duration of the tour

About an hour

Customer ratings

4.1 / 5

Price

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