Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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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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  • Roberts69
    Northampton, United Kingdom17,856 contributions
    The most favourite thing we did in Budapest but don't get caught out like we did.
    Any visit to Budapest has to include a trip to the Hungarian Parliament, and so whilst in Budapest for 4 days we booked advance admission tickets from the official ticket seller jegymester.hu as it gets booked up way in advance. Tickets are not cheap for UK visitors, (since we left the EU we get charged full rate non-EEA citizen tickets!), at 6,400 Ft (GB£14.25) each for an Adult Ticket. Now this is the important bit... Entry Tickets include a guided tour and when you book your day and time slot this was not clear as the Ticket just says on it: "Hungarian Parliament Building 13/04/22 08:30 - 09:15 Parliament visit" Now we took this to mean that we had an 'entry slot' between 08:30 and 09:15am, so we arrived at 08:45am and were told at the ticket desk that we had missed the start of the tour (which was 08:30) and therefore we could not enter. I explained this was unclear and asked whether we could use our tickets for the next entry / tour at 09:15am and we were told that the rules state we that we could not. So the only was we could enter was to but the tickets all over again (at the counter) and pay twice!! As we left the ticket counter another couple who had overheard me talking to the ticket desk said that they had understood the exact same as us that the times on the ticket were an entry window and so they also had invalid tickets and like us had to rebuy more!! So it seems that this is a common occurrence and a genuine mistake to make that generates a lot of cash from tourists for the tours! Once inside, after going through airport style security checks, the tour was very good. The lady we had was informative and knowledgeable and presented the tour perfectly. The Parliament building itself is just stunning, both outside and inside. The Grand Staircase and Domed Hall in particular are just breathtakingly beautiful. The Congress Hall is also an amazing sight. The Hungarian Crown Jewels are kept under constant guard in the Domed Hall and again where very interesting to see. The tour takes 45 minutes. Despite having to pay twice to get in we all (there were 4 of us) felt that the visit was well worth it and that it was the most memorable part of all the things we did (and we did them all) during our 4 days in Budapest.
    Written April 16, 2022
  • Vicky596
    Bonn, Germany78 contributions
    Amazing experience
    I really recommend the visit. It is better to buy a ticket well in advance, even if they add new visits few days before or on the same date. The visits starts from the visitor centre which is located on the right of the building when coming from the square. Please arrive in time as delayed entry is not permitted. The visit lasts about 50 minutes.
    Written April 18, 2022
  • Maggi713
    Baltimore, Maryland11,934 contributions
    Exceptional Architecture!
    The Hungarian Parliament Building is a magnificent, beautiful building overlooking the Danube River in Budapest. When in Budapest, you cannot miss this building. Its massive Neo-Gothic architecture and its magnitude will surely make an impression on you. It is one of the largest buildings in Hungary and one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. It was built in 1896 and boasts over 700 rooms and 11 miles of stairs and corridors, with 242 sculptures, both inside and outside, and 27 entrance gates!!! It is open for visitors to tour. You can purchase your tickets on line. The Parliament building is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss the central hall featuring the Hungarian Coronation Regalia, the precious artifacts including the Holy Crown of Hungary, the orb, the scepter, and a Renaissance-style sword. You can also see the changing of the guard ceremony that takes place every afternoon. The parliament is beautiful during the day, with the interior just as striking as outside. However, it becomes stunning when it’s all lit up at night. At sunset, the lights slowly come on and illuminate the building with an intensity to behold.
    Written November 13, 2022
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Parmo13
Darlington, UK164 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Visited Budapest as a couple and researched where to go. We were recommended the Government building and duly booked online before we went.

Unbeknownst to us I just paid the £20pp ticket for me and my wife without realising that as we're not in the EU anymore, we should have bought non EU entry.

The cost for non EU tickets is double the price for what is advertised as a guided tour.

We met at 1545 to get our tickets and to show ID to be then informed that we'd bought the cheap tickets (I though £20 was on the high side) to then discover I was to pay the same again for the privilege of an English tour 😂 at 1600hrs.

Despite that, the tour was literally 30mins once through security and at £20 I would say not worth it but at £40pp for us Brits, I'd recommend walking around the building to take your photos as it's too dark inside to get any decent pics and where you'd want to take photos (in the Crown jewels area) you're not permitted.

There's plenty of other places to visit so don't waste your time here.
Written June 21, 2022
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Compass41941428831
Regina, Canada1 contribution
Sep 2022
We had heard so much about this beautiful building in Budapest. We booked this tour expecting a private tour for a group of 6. When we got to the Parliament Buildings we were greeted by 2 staff of the tour provider - TutiTours S.r.o. They simply provided 6 tickets which cost them 8400 Ft each (total 50,400 ft or $161 CDN) and told us to stand in line with dozens of other people for the free audio tour which is included with each ticket and is provided by the Parliament. We paid $412 CDN for our tickets through Trip Advisor which is over 2.5 times the actual price, When we challenged the tour staff about this and the fact that they provided no tour and a chance for us to ask questions - they said that they are simply a booking service. We had been in Budapest for days and could have purchased our own darn tickets and saved $250. In the end get your own tickets - there is no value add here.
Written October 2, 2022
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UUE514S
Wolverhampton, UK74 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Building itself is impressive however guided tour not so. Cost over £17 pp & they do say if you’re not happy with your to get money back.
Guide spoke too fast & you’re given an earpiece with amplifier so guide can be heard when at a distance. There were at least 50 in the group & when guide is way in front, earpiece is crackly so you can’t hear what is being said. Not good
You have to book tickets online & this took several attempts
There are 134 steps up to rooms/chambers in your & you can take a lift however guide kept telling those of us who took the lift that the staircase is ‘very beautiful’ & she would tell us about it. Cannot remember this happening
Do not think your is worth the money -lasted about 35 mins. There is a museum to look at also but still think it is expensive for what it is
Also if disabled not sure how you’d be able to visit/your. There’s a sign with a wheelchair & line through it. There do not seem ti be any disable facilities at all -poor!
Written September 30, 2022
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Camila A
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Family
We purchased tickets to tour the inside, in advance ($80 for 4) but the morning of the tour there was a Memorial Day ceremony out side the building. No issues with the ceremony, we had arrived to the area 30min in advance- it was beautiful to watch actually but it did cause a delay in reaching the visitor center due to the ceremony itself. We reached the visitor center 4min after the start of our tour and were told we had missed it and we could purchase new tickets for a different time. I spoke to the ticket personnel and explained the delay was due to the ceremony and she said it was too bad and the she too enjoyed ceremonies and that I would have to spend another $80 to tour the building at a later time.

Honestly this just put a bad taste in my mouth. I felt like they treat tourists like cash cows or cattle. Not a great experience with staff or their “policy”
Written October 6, 2022
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Jake C
Greater Manchester, UK25 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
The Hungarian Parliament building is probably the grandest building in Budapest. You can’t miss it if you take a walk down by the Danube on the Buda or Pest side and it is a must see if you are visiting the city.

We took the guided tour, which at €10 for students, we thought was reasonably priced. The tour is informative and you get to see the royal crown in all of its glory, but the only disappointment for us was not being able to visit the lower chamber.

The lower chamber is where the MPs debate and vote on the majority of sitting days, arguably the most important room in the building. This should be included in the tour!
Written January 18, 2023
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ThatT1Feeling
London, UK56 contributions
Oct 2021
Really interesting, very well organised tour. Make sure you book in advance - and if you haven't got paper tickets (e.g. just on your mobile), make sure you go to the information / ticket desk before your tour starts to get the paper version,

A good tour of this highly impressive building, taking 45 minutes with a guide who had excellent English and great knowledge. No need to crowd around the guide with the audio sets which allow you to hear the guide easily.

Well worth the cost, even though UK people now need to pay a higher, non-EEA rate :(
Written October 22, 2021
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david s
netanya, israel505 contributions
Oct 2021
This marvelous building, on the east bank of the Danube, is indeed stunning, both outside and inside. The building resembles the Parliament building in London, from which the architect took the inspiration. It is a huge building, measuring close to 300 meters in length, and the top is at 96 meters, a very symbolic number in Hungarian history, the same height of the St. Stephen basilica, not too far away. We took a guided tour inside the building ( prior reservation is a must) which takes you through the various halls and staircases, all beautifully gold decorated and resembling more a palace than the house of the 199 Hungarian parliament members. It has been built as a very posh structure with the aim to impress, and this has been definitely achieved. The admission fee to the inside guided tour 6,400 HUF ( about 22 $ U.S)
Written October 15, 2021
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WorldTravellerSoon
Canada332 contributions
Oct 2022
The Hungary Parliament building is a must see when you visit Budapest. We walked along the river from the fashion street and it takes about 25 minutes to the building. It is probably the most grand parliament building I have ever been. It's a tourist attraction but surprisingly there was not a lot of people on a Tuesday morning.

We took a night river cruise (15 Euro for 2 hours and with a drink) which highlight was the slow sail in front of the parliament building.

We also went to the other side of the river to see the building from afar and from the Fisherman's Bastian.
Written November 22, 2022
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ayammere
Gyor, Hungary110 contributions
Jun 2022
The Hungarian Parliament is definitely a must see attraction when visiting the city. Be aware, that you may have to wait a lot to get in. There are guided tours in many languages (ticket includes the guide) and you're getting through a security check before entering. When finally in, it's just amazing. The interiors suggest wealth and elegancy. The building is huge and only a part of it can be visited on a designated pathway. You go through amazing corridors with comfortable, hundred year old sofas (you can try them). Whilst walking on the path you can see the crew coming up and down the corridors in and out of rooms and offices. You arrive to the main entrance from where you are guided to see the crown (no photos are allowed here), that is wonderful and mighty. You can see the room of the actual government from where sessions are broadcasted. At the end of the tour you end up in a little museum telling the story of the building.
Written September 11, 2022
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Clara B
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Inside tour is only 40 mins and you are only able to visit like 3 or 4 rooms. Staff are nice but guards are really arrogant. The audio-guide is with a person from the parliament so you're not able to stop in any place (to take pictures, for instance). Building is beautiful, but the inside visit is not worth at all.
Written December 3, 2022
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