Budapest Parliament (Orszaghaz) is one of the world’s most photogenic government buildings. Perched on the UNESCO World Heritage–listed banks of the Danube River, the mainly neo-Gothic structure features 691 rooms, a handful of which are open to the public—including the Domed Hall, where the Crown of St. Stephen is on display.
Nearly half a million people visit the Budapest Parliament (aka Hungarian Parliament) each year, making it one of the city’s most popular attractions. Visitors must join a guided tour to enter, though sometimes the building opens to the public for concerts. For a more comprehensive day in Budapest, combine a tour of Parliament with a Danube River cruise, city sightseeing tour, or Hungarian folklore performance.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Budapest Parliament is a must-see for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and first-time visitors.
- All visitors must pass through security when entering the building. Large bags are not permitted.
- Tours of the facilities last approximately 50 minutes.
- Photography is allowed throughout the building except for in the Dome Hall.
- There are restrooms in the visitor center.
- Parliament is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Budapest Parliament is centrally located on the banks of the Danube River, about a 10-minute walk from the Chain Bridge. To get there by public transportation, take the M2 (red) metro line, bus 15, or tram number 2.
When to Get There
While the visitor center and some rooms are open daily throughout the year, hours are restricted when the National Assembly meets for its plenary sitting, so be sure to check the schedule ahead of time.
Architecture of Parliament
Imre Steindl designed this striking edifice after winning a design competition in 1873. The eclectic building—with its neo-Gothic, medieval, and baroque styles—wasn’t fully completed until 1902. It took nearly 40 million bricks to construct, and the outside facade features 90 stone sculptures of figures from Hungarian history.