Budapest Parliament House (Orszaghaz)
Not many cities can boast a Parliament Building this photogenic. Sitting on the banks of the Danube, built in a grand Neo-Gothic style, this is Parliament done palatially.
The idea for the construction of the Budapest Parliament House - or Orszaghaz - came in 1873 when the three cities that made up Budapest were united. A competition was held and won by Imre Steindl. His design mixed Gothic, Medieval and Baroque elements with a lavish hand. The building was not finished until 1902, by which time Steindl was blind.
The grand building contains many items of interest, including frescoes; the Hungarian Coronation Regalia with its Renaissance sword; mythical eagles and an impressive staircase.
Great value. I tried to visit Budapest Parliament on a previous trip and tickets were difficult to obtain. The Viator tour was great. We came in contact with several employees, all were friendly and helpful. The driver picked us up at the hotel desk at 0900 (we had a 0930 tour). I was a little nervous about the pick up time and called the Hungarian number...nothing to worry about, he gave me the 0900 pick up time and said they'd come to the desk. We were dropped off at an agency near the Intercontinental and transferred to a bus. That is where we presented our tickets. I had the e-ticket--which surprised the tour guide a little, but as soon as I presented my iPhone inside the agency, everything was ok. Tour was very nice, tour guide was knowledgeable, building magnificent. As an added bonus, we received boat tickets for an hour tour on the Danube--we took advantage of this as well, it was exactly what we were looking for. All and all, we found this to be a great value and the people wonderful. I will definitely use Viator again.
Review by Jose, November 2012
Doing what: Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit
A great tour of the Parliament. Tour guide at the Parliament was very soft spoken. Needs to speak louder to groups. City tour was nice but would have been nice to include St. Matthias from the inside.
We stayed at the Inercontinental hotel in Budapest, and the tour meeting point was there, so for us that was a plus, the tour was very interesting, I do recomend it, the only downside for us, is that it ends outside the Parliament, it does not take you back to the pick up place, found out at the end of the tour.
You can reach the Parliament Building on the M2 (red) Metro line, bus 15 or tram number 2. You can only visit the building on a guided tour, although you can sometimes attend concerts there and combine the concert with a tour.