Palace of Parliament

Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

Palace of Parliament
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The world's second largest building was built as a palace for Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was overthrown and executed before it was completed.
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,765 contributions
Oct 2021
You can’t miss this behemoth when in Bucharest, & you can get up pretty close to it for good exterior photos. But a tour of the inside is really worth while. It is only possible to enter via a tour & for groups less than 10 it is necessary to ring & book 24 hours beforehand. Alternatively, you can pre-plan & book through a tour agency, I used Tiqets.com, ticket price was around £12 for the hour long tour. You are requested to meet 30 minutes prior & this is both necessary & expected as the security clearance can take this long. A passport or ID card is needed, your driving licence won’t do. On the Tiqet tour, we were met just outside of the Palace & accompanied to security, & then handed over to another guide, who I presumed to be an internal staff member, who conducted the tour. Several people waiting combined at this point, around 40 of us in total. A big group, but it’s a big place, so this wasn’t an issue. The guide was very clear, knowledgeable & enthusiastic, with excellent spoken English (this was an English tour). The visit encompasses only about 5% of this gargantuan monstrosity & includes it’s more opulent aspects, of which there are many… including marble & chandelier clad ballrooms, grand salons, conference halls. The excess is mind boggling & quite hideous, particularly given the population was half starved at the time, around 10,000 people died during its construction, several thousand were uprooted from their homes to make way for it & a fifth of central Bucharest, including multiple churches, were razed to the ground. Not sure if our guide was over egging it but he claims it would cost $3 billion to build in today’s money! It is the heaviest building in the world, & the biggest administrative building by surface area barring the Pentagon. And apparently it is sinking, & will likely topple within 25 years! Construction began in 1983/4 & it was Ceausescu’s intention that the Palace would house the Governmental functions of the socialist state, in addition to serving as a lavish home for him & the shoe loving Mrs C. This grand idea allegedly occurred to him following a visit to Kim II-Sung in North Korea! The 1989 revolution put paid to that, though the new Government did move in & remains. Another current tenant is the National Museum of Art, but much of the building is unoccupied, & remains unfinished.
It’s a monstrous & maniacal but fascinating story, & a must visit when in Bucharest.
Written October 29, 2021
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midway42
Minnesota2,852 contributions
Oct 2021
Describing this building is an exercise in excess: second largest administrative building in the world, 1,100 rooms, worth $4 billion, designed by 700 architects, eight underground levels, 4 million square feet, etc. Located at the end of Boulevard Unirii, the “People’s Palace” simply defies description by words or pictures. It was somewhat fittingly ordered by Ceausescu at the end of his reign but not finished until after his death, and currently houses the Senate and Parliament as well as the occasional international conference.

I toured at the end of my time in Romania, purchasing my tickets online several days before. The entrance for tours is on the south side of the building, or on the left when you face the front of it. I was identified as an English-speaking tourist immediately and after showing my passport and being ushered through security our guide met the group of perhaps fifteen in the foyer. The tour itself was straightforward, lasting about an hour. We covered the largest rooms and halls including the media room, a performance hall , international meeting space, and ballroom. Chandeliers, marble columns, and dramatic staircases abound to the point where they became repetitious. Our guide provided apolitical commentary throughout, carefully choosing his words to the group but saving personal morsels for individuals.

Overall, this tour and attraction met expectations. Given the size and lavishness of the building it’s almost impossible for the experience to be mediocre, however our guide was legitimately well informed and moved us along at a reasonable pace. That aside, seeing one sumptuous, enormous room after another became a bit tedious even in a short time span. (As we are still dealing with the post-COVID tourism industry the “extended” tour of the nuclear bunkers and basement was unavailable.) None of this should deter someone from a visit, however. This building is a metaphor for the Communist regime on many levels and seeing it is a duty as much as an option if you are in town for more than a few days.

Tips:

*Purchase tickets well in advance! They can easily be bought on the internet and requests will only increase as the travel industry wakes up.

*Entry was a bit confusing and as of this writing and as above is on the left of the building. My tour book said the opposite and trust me, it takes a while to walk to the other side.

*Photo opportunities abound but especially at night. Lights are on from dusk until midnight.

*The National Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in the buildings west wing with a separate entrance for those with the interest.
Written November 12, 2021
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Live Life To The Full
Maidstone, UK1,406 contributions
Jun 2022
The building used to be where Nicolae Ceaușescu lived. Needless to say it was built with the best materials around. We had a guided tout of some of the building and was told it was the heaviest building in the world, and had over 1800 chandeliers throughout. The tour cost us 25 Lei which is about £4.50, and lasted for about 45 minutes.

Well worth the money, would recommend it.
Written June 18, 2022
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands964 contributions
Mar 2022
The Palace of Parliament is extremely huge. It is the heaviest building in the world and the second largest. It took us twenty to thirty minutes to walk around the Parliament (outside the walls). We went there to the desk (after not answering our mail) to make a reservation and that was easy, They said a time for the next day. The tour started with going through security, which took a while, but then we went through a lot of impressive and sometimes unnecessary rooms. There are a lot of hallways which are beautiful, but for nothing. There is a great lecture room and some impressive rooms for international meetings. There is a view upstairs, where you can see the boulevard. The tour will take about 1,5-2 hours. It is absolutely the highlight to see in Bucharest, but it feels a bit weird, because 70,000 people had to leave their homes for building this Palace.
Written April 1, 2022
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7,438 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took a tour of the palace in February. You have to call to make a reservation. We did so one day before, when we arrived to Bucharest. Make sure you give them your name accurately. When we approached the desk the next day they couldn’t find our names but the desk person included us in the tour anyways. They give you a ticket and you go pay it at the gift shop next to the desk. The tour was completely booked and even though they have it every hour or so, the one before and after were full for sure. So do book it in advance.
When the tour starts you need to pass the security. They were not very nice, and at the end the whole thing took about 15 minutes for the whole group. The tour itself was quite informative and we were truly impressed with all the architectural and decorative details. The halls and rooms are simply stunning. You can take photos and you will have the feeling that you walked a lot and seen a lot but in fact the tour includes only 5% of the building. Here are some more well known fun facts about it:
The Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world; it’s also the most expensive one in the world (costed 3 billion euros) and it’s the second largest administrative building in the world (after Pentagon).
I personally really love these kind of tours and I enjoyed it very much so I recommend it to everyone who is visiting Bucharest as the main attraction of the city.
Written June 22, 2020
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cb7472020
10 contributions
Dec 2021
I can definitely recommend taking a tour of this impressive building. The tour guide we had was a well of knowledge, and could answer any questions our group had, and he was clearly passionate about his job, which was noticeable in how he described various details in the building and the history around it. Unfortunately we couldn't take the underground tour due to Covid-19 restrictions, but just the regular tour, but next time in Bucharest I hope we can take the underground part as well, I just want to see even more of this magnificent palace.
Written January 7, 2022
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BeldimanAndrei
Bucharest, Romania121 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
I wanted for a long time to visit this Romanian mammoth construction. One of my friends from Czech republic visited me so I suggested to go togeter. We thought we will catch a tour including couple of levels underground but the ladies selling the tickets were hurrying us to take the normal tour as it was starting in 2min. 20min we were waiting in line to go through a metal detector. Meanwhile we had to listen to the chit chat between the check point ladies and the music from one of their phones - absolutely unprofessional. The tour itself was ok. We went through 6 or 7 grandiose rooms. Thank God we read before about the history of the building on wikipedia as it was impossible to hear the guide with all the people there amd especially the echo that is in every room. There was another guide behind the group which was very strict if any of the tourists wanted to stay behind for an extra photo. All in all, it was ok for those almost 10euros for a ticket. Would I visit it again? I don't think so
Written January 27, 2020
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Nitten_Traveler
Edinburgh, UK130 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited Palatul Parlamentului on a recent trip to Bucharest. If you're thinking of going then I recommend you go. You'll learn on your tour some of the recent history of the country which will open up your eyes as you walk around the city. Some comments on practical things we wish we had known...

You can (and probably should) book a tour in advance. We were lucky to squeeze onto a tour towards the end of the day, in February, by just turning up; I can imagine it is rather busy in spring and summer.

As you approach the building from the main road, head to the right and walk around the perimeter to a side entrance. The entrance is poorly signed but the security guards will send you the right way.

The initial tour experience is a little amateurish compared with other Parliament-type tours I've taken (Palace of Westminster and US Congress, for example). The ticket desk is just two casually dressed people behind a small counter, you book on a tour and then pay in the gift shop! There's a little cafe for refreshments while you wait for your tour to start. You need to show your passport and go through airport-style security again staffed by casually dressed folk sipping on a Starbucks.

The tour itself is professional and you will see some very grand halls and rooms and learn of what might have been had the revolution not happened (the building was incomplete in December 1989). Overall the tour lasted about 1.5 hours and you learn you saw only around 5% of the building!
Written February 16, 2020
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bizzerbrown
Stourbridge, UK8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is the second biggest building in the world after the Pentagon. Impressive to look at. The story behind it - it was constructed in the days of Communism in Romania - left a lot to think about and be grateful for. You’ll need your passport to visit and security to enter is like the security at an airport.
Reservations can only be made 24 hrs in advance, so you might be disappointed if you have limited days in Bucharest. Tour in English lasts about an hour.
Written February 17, 2020
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Bluesky91
Kingston upon Thames, UK603 contributions
Mar 2020
We didn't think we could visit here, as we were only visiting for a few days and hadn't bought tickets in advance, but then we discovered Trip Advisor's Fast Track option, which included a guide. The exterior is very imposing, and because it is a working government building there are airport-like security checks after you've collected your pass to go through. Our guide Marius was absolutely brilliant - hugely informative and with a great sense of humour! You can obviously only visit parts of the building, but what we saw was very impressive, especially the pink marble room, and so many gigantic chandeliers. The guide made the visit really interesting, and would recommend this to anyone visiting Bucharest.
Written April 2, 2020
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