Hungarian Parliament Building

About the Hungarian Parliament

Budapest’s heart throbs with the Hungarian Parliament Building, more than just a government house. Due to its massive building, this neo-Gothic masterpiece is a top attraction in Budapest; it contains 691 rooms, 29 staircases, and ten courtyards. No wonder there are 28 Hungarian Parliament entrances – that’s why it is one of the most majestic Hungarian buildings. From inside Budapest parliament is a maze of cool rooms and hidden courtyards that memorize every viewer. Big fancy halls have high ceilings and unique designs, perfect for important events. The dome of the Hungarian Parliament is an iconic architectural feature inspired by Giotto’s Bell Tower in Florence. In addition, it contributes to its grandeur and serves as a captivating focal point. 

Visitors can ascend the dome to enjoy the spectacular vistas. Budapest’s Parliament Building might remind you of the Duomo Bell Tower in Florence, with impressive domes offering stunning views. Think of it as an Opera del Duomo Museum dedicated to Hungary’s history, housed within a magnificent architectural landmark. The Hungarian parliament tour offers breathtaking panoramic views of Budapest and beyond. Budapest’s Parliament is one of its kind places, and by visiting it, tourists can explore breathtaking panoramas like landmarks in Florence – the same landmarks and views. When you visit Budapest Parliament building, every corner tells a story, from grand meetings to quiet escapes, making this building a history adventure.

History of the Hungarian Parliament

Budapest’s Parliament Building, that grand dame of the Danube, isn’t just beautiful – it’s got a story older than visitors can imagine. Hungary finally became independent in 1867, and everyone wanted a grand building to show off. So, they held a contest, and architect Imre Steindl, inspired by England’s Parliament, won with his fantastic design. Building this beauty took almost 20 years, with thousands working hard. It is made with over 40 million bricks, and even gold is used. It opened in 1896 on Hungary’s 1000th birthday, just like a big birthday present.

However, the building saw rough times, too, from wars to changes in government. During World War II, it became a hospital, with soldiers walking its halls instead of politicians. Finally, in 1989, things changed again, and the Hungarian National Assembly became free, and the Parliament building, once a symbol of control, became a symbol of freedom. Now, elected leaders discuss the country’s future within its walls. Budapest Parliament is more than just bricks and mortar, though. This building is a big book about Hungary’s history, struggles, and triumphs. Every corner whispers stories, from grand meetings to quiet escapes.

Tips for your visit to the Hungarian Parliament

  • Hungarian Parliament opening hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The last tour hour starts at 5:00 PM.
  • Leave large bags and backpacks outside, as they’re not allowed inside.
  • Photos are okay in most areas, except the Dome Hall. Keep the flash off.
  • Grab a map or information booklet at the National Assembly’s Visitor Center for deeper insights.
  • Consider a Budapest Card for free transportation and discounts (including the Parliament).

Tickets for the Hungarian Parliament

Adults From EEA (European Economic Area) countries can buy a ticket worth 6,000 HUF. However, adults from non-EEA countries can buy a ticket for 12,000 HUF.

The ticket cost for students (6-24 years old) from EEA countries is 3,000 HUF, but students from other countries can buy tickets for 6,000 HUF. Remember, the kids under 6 are free.

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How to arrive to the Hungarian Parliament

The Parliament in Hungary is on the Pest side of the Danube River in Budapest – a 15-minute walk from the famous Chain Bridge. To reach the building, you can take tram number 2 that sticks along the banks of the Danube and offers its passengers wonderful views of the Parliament Building. Get down at the Kossuth Lajos tér stop situated at the Parliament’s doorstep. Moreover, you can take Line 2 (Red Line) of the Metro to Kossuth Lajos tér. From here, it becomes just a short walk to the Parliament building.

Additionally, several bus lines cross the Parliament Building, including Bus 15 and Bus 115. You can use the schedules and routes available to find the one that is convenient for you, based on where you are starting. You can also approach the building on foot while following the riverbank or walking along the adjacent streets gives a nice feeling of peace and calmness. Another way is using taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber or Bolt that run in Budapest. They will take you closest to the Parliament Building. Just be sure you are using a credible service and you check the price before starting your journey.

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