Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building
4.5
Architectural BuildingsGovernment Buildings
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The domed neo-Gothic structre was inspired by the British House of Parliament and serves as both a vibrant government center and a proud city landmark on the banks of the Danube.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Kossuth Lajos tér • 3 min walk
  • Batthyány tér • 7 min walk
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  • Famontherun
    900 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Building
    Unfortunately we were only able to walk around the outside, so be sure to book a tour way in advance...especially in English. The building is gorgeous, as are the grounds and views. This building is beautifully lit at night and looks spectacular.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Yehonatan F
    Toronto, Canada32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Visited the Hungarian parliament building this June. Words cannot express how beautiful, stunning and astonishing this building is. It’s more like a majestic palace on the Danube river! Beautiful also inside, recommend the interior tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 26, 2023
  • thekarenorr
    Newport-on-Tay, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit but book it yourself.
    Well worth a visit but do it by yourself by booking ahead either online or in person and then pick up your tickets on the day of your visit. The guide we had Marius was brilliant with extensive knowledge of the history as well as being fun! Tour takes about 1.5 hours and its really worth a look at this opulent interior. Photos are allowed so you have your memories to take home.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Fiona M
    125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour
    We came on an English only tour, the guide was very amusing and informative. This place is opulent and spectacular. We were so pleased that we saw it, it was one of the highlights of our trip. The tour isn’t long enough in my opinion but then lots of people want to visit. There are lifts if you have mobility issues, but then you will miss some of the staircases. Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Alex B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gothic indulgence
    One of the most beautiful sights I have seen. We visited here from behind on a walking tour, after strolling past it in the morning and the story behind the building is absolutely fascinating. The building itself is a sight to behold, and at night it’s beauty truly shines through. From the other side, we saw the Parliament Building on a boat tour on the Danube, and lit up at night this is a truly stunning building. Birds swarm above the building, adding a gothic aestheticism and charm. Would definitely recommend viewing both in the daytime for details, and at nights for the beautiful lighting and the birds. One of my favourite buildings I have seen.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Tsetso K
    Sofia, Bulgaria90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sexy parliament
    This is the most beautiful building I have seen in my life as of this moment. Budapest is a city that must be visited, the building was so big I had to climb 5 hills in 35 degrees, so I can see it in the way that is meant to be seen. My eyes were blessed. Due the hot weather I lost 5 pounds that I gained back in one of the nearest bistros to the parliament.Tremendous 🤩
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 18, 2023
  • seetheworld600
    424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Tour
    When I knew I’d be in Budapest, touring the Parliament building was on the top of my list. Tickets for tours do sell out, so make sure you purchase them online in advance. There is also an elevator to take you to the start of the tour if you don’t want to walk up the stairs. Keep in mind that other tour groups may be on your tour. I was surprised that there was a Viking tour group that was on ours, making the tour group rather large.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Lauren
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see, beautiful at night
    Must see really if you visit the city, you can either walk across the Danube or get public transport. Viewing it from the other side is best as you really get the full experience of seeing it in all it’s glory! Huge building and looks amazing at night
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Peter Veres
    Targu Mures, Romania302 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of History
    This the most visited spot of Budapest I think. Full of history and very beautiful. By tickets online in time because at the entry you will not have available tickets. Choose for audio guided tours if you need: english, french, italian...hungarian as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Juan C
    Las Vegas, Nevada456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive place!
    Impressive the tour of the halls of the Hungarian Parliament. Not only is its history interesting, but also the quantity and beauty of decorative details on ceilings, walls, and columns. At the entrance of the tour to be done inside the parliament building, they assign you some headphones. As you begin to walk through the building, you begin to hear in an extraordinarily coordinated way the description and history of each room, hallway, or hall you enter. They explain where you are going and where you are. Without a doubt, visiting the Hungarian Parliament building is a must when you are in Budapest. Buying tickets in advance on the Hungarian Parliament website is easy and highly recommended. All you have to do is show up on the day and time chosen by you at the Visitor Center and from there to enjoy such a particular place.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
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Intrepid_Judy
Chapel Hill, NC29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A friend and I prepurchased tickets for an English language tour late in the afternoon. While we waited for our time slot, we enjoyed a beverage in the adjacent cafe which had free wifi and beat standing on hard concrete floors in a large crowd. The tour size was absolutely huge. English language headsets were available but they ran out before everyone in our group got one. After all it took to stand in line and get through security scan, the actual tour was very short with probably a third of the time going up and down stairs. While I enjoyed seeing the Parliament, I'd have used my time other ways if I'd known how crowded it would be and how short the tour would be. There were pay restrooms available.
Written January 5, 2020
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Emma
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Spent the first 20 mins trying to find the entrance as there are no signs. Went in early on a Tuesday and the next available tour was in four hours time. Paid the expensive admissions and came back at our tour time. Massive queue with a late start time. Tour was short for the price and only saw a few rooms along with dodgy ear sets with many not working so tour guide couldn’t be heard. What we saw of the building was beautiful and tour guide was funny and informative but wasn’t worth the high price tag.
Written February 18, 2020
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The building is truly stunning, but the organisation of the tours could be improved to make them run more smoothly. The tour started with a slow-moving queue to get through security. Then rather than stagger the starts of the English and Italian tours we all set off together. The earpieces weren’t the best so hearing our guide was at times difficult plus he seemed a bit stressed as we made our way around the building. Being a fairly quiet month of February we did not book in advance but during peak holiday times you’d probably need to book online.
Written February 19, 2020
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Mono
Sligo, Ireland52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited this tour today expecting a lengthy tour considering the size of the building. Tour was about 20 mins all in all and alot of questions were left unanswered as the guide (and english speaking Male guide) stated that we "didnt have time", "we dont know", "watch the videos at the end or visit our website" - when paying for an tour you want to find out the information on a structure/painting/art form as you look at it and admire it, rather them be expected to find out for yourself afterwards. The guide was a little snappy when it came to the earpieces saying "dont press buttons while I'm talking " when really all people were doing was adjusting the volume or moving the cords, mine was crackling a bit but after watching a few others being told off for pressing buttons I simply had to endure the crackling throughout. Alot of steps on this short tour, about 130 but there is an elevator for those who are less mobile. Not really worth the money paid and I expect to learn alot more from a tour then to simply be directed to a website, they are simply selling tours but hurrying through a very segregated part or the building as fast as possible. Disappointed.
Written January 17, 2020
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Emily W
London, UK186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I visited Budapest in August 2019 and I'd booked in advance on to the English language guided tour. I would highly recommend the tour, and booking it far in advance, because it does sell out early on peak dates. The parliament building is absolutely stunning, both inside and out, and the tour takes you through a fascinating history and I learned so much about Hungarian government and politics. The tour guide was great, I really liked his style. It is good whether you're a tourist or you're a big government and politics geek like me... so brilliant! I cannot recommend highly enough.
Written January 18, 2020
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Oakley
Swindon, UK340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Took a tour of the Parliament building and really enjoyed it. It’s a wonderful building with beautiful interiors.

The tour took about an hour. You only get to see the building with a tour and you can’t wander off. Stragglers are ushered on to keep up with the group.

It was well worth paying for and is such an impressive building both inside and out, would definitely recommend.

Book tickets in advance as they do get sold out quickly and tickets on the day are apparently not always available.

The tours are all timed and in specific languages throughout the day.
Written February 22, 2020
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laney1974
Skala, Greece28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The Hungarian Parliment building is such an impressive looking building i would highly recommend that you take the time to spend a morning / afternoon here. If you visit this in the daytime and go onto to do a tour, i would advise that you book in advance simply due to the popularity of this,here you will see the changing of the guard which is very different to some of the the other cities i have visited.In addition its one of the most beautifully lit places to visit in the evening. If you like walking then its easy to get to by just following the river front after chain bridge heading away from Pest or alternatively take the metro. A must do when you visit Budapest
Written January 6, 2020
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Carol_CBW
Paris, France8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Hungarian Parliament Buildings are exquisite and grand. Whether your a lover of architecture, fine art and artisanship, history, or like me all three, I strongly recommend that you pre-book a tour of the building by the river on the Pest side of Budapest. Be sure that you plan ample extra time to spend in the building's basement museum which is excellently curated.
Written February 9, 2020
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MikeT19278
San Jose, CA169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It's a little complicated to visit the Parliament as you have to get a reservation for an official tour and they seem to frequently sell out. (And you can only visit as part of a tour). Book online, then you have to print out the reservation.) The front desk of our hotel helped with that, but it might be easier to book before your trip (you'll also get a better selection of tour times.)

Anyways, you wait in the underground visitor center for your scheduled tour and off you go. The architecture of this building is gorgeous. As your guide brings you around the building, you get commentary both from your guide and from the audiotour. It's a little weird, but it works. The tour brings you through large parts of the building (which is huge) and past the parliament chambers. The Parliament Building is decorated with beautiful tiles, murals, and statues. Lots of things to see. At the end of the tour, you're back in the visitor center where there's an exhibit of the history of the building and, of course, the souvenir shop. Overall, the tour is over an hour long (and I wish it could be longer.)

In all, worth the price and slight hassle for tickets.
Written March 19, 2020
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Marina D
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The building was built between 1985 and 1902 in eclectic style combining baroque, gothic and neoclassicism. The only way to visit is with the tour, which is organised by the official parliament visitor centre and is available on multiple languages most days. The best option is to prebook in advance. Citizens of EU countries benefit from 50% discount on the entry fee. One has to prove the eligibility for the discount (advice on the website) but we were not asked to show any prove when we visited. Contrary to many other museums in Budapest the Parliament is opened on Mondays! Well worth a visit. Tour takes about 30-40 minutes but then one can spend unlimited time in the exposition hall which has much more facts about the building, its architecture and running it day to day, rather interesting. Again available on multiple languages. Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 6, 2020
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