Palace of Parliament
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • FunkyStylishTraveler
    Bangkok, Thailand31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super grand
    A very grand places with so many elaborate chandelier. There are so many spots for a nice photo. The walk up from the entrance was nice. Inside interior was very well designed although there are a lot of stairs so make sure you are fit enough to climb up and down
    Visited October 2022
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Dazc459
    182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Visit!
    It was very interesting to be able to visit the building. It is huge, and it is a an important part of the history of the city in the communist era. The guide was very passionate about the building and it’s history and was very informative. Recommend booking with a tour company as they arrange a meet up point and the tickets. Yes it’s a bit of a pain having to show passports and go through security but it is a necessity given the continued use of the building. Recommend a visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Alex G
    Maribor, Slovenia51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice interesting guided tour - reserve in advance!
    It is an interesting building and you have to see it, if you come to Bucharest. You have to reserve the tickets one day before you go to the parliament. You have to call a number (just search it on their website) and reserve the ticket. It is an guided tour and you can see 5% of the whole building. Yes, the building is really huge! The tour was interesting, the guide was funny and gave us a lot of interesting information. It’s not something that i would visit again, but it was a cool experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Melissa Rose
    London, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular place to see & visit!
    A very spectacular place to see & visit! The detail in the marble walls, ceilings and flooring are beautiful. Unique rooms to see (even though it's just a few) but it was worth it! The opera room now used for meetings & concerts was a wonderful experience and then the famous staircases which were used in the movie, "The Nun".
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Smalgangen
    Oslo, Norway468 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intresting, book tickets in advance
    You must make a reservation minimum 24 hour before by telephone! The tourist information office has the contact details. The parliament is huge and only accessible with a guide. Our friendly guide who spoke perfect English took us thru apx. 6% of the building, and that took about 45-50 minutes… Beautiful carpets, paintings, and a lot of marble…
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • MellyMel10
    Tampa, Florida212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST SEE!! Amazing
    Wonderful tour. Unfortunately the tour that i purchased through Trip advisor canceled on us, but we showed up and purchased our ticket and did the public tour. This was fantastic I wish I could remember the woman's name that did the tour she was awesome not only was she very knowledgeable but she provided answers to all questions. Nothing felt rushed and it was far from boring. This is a must do when going to Romania. I can not promise that you will get the same experience (Parliament was on holiday) but it will still be worth the trip!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Mary Y
    Colorado Springs, Colorado58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Stunning (can't believe it) example of communist architecture built to reflect prosperity which was of course ironic. Anyway, the billions used to construct this behemoth is well-represented in the art, the architecture, the chandeliers, the huge rooms, well, just everything. You will want to take pictures of everything. There are certain areas of course the public is not allowed but what you see is quite enough to realize how priceless this building is. It is now the seat of the Romanian parliament. TIP: You have quite a few stairs to climb and will have to go thru security so make sure you have your passport or driver's license. The tour is guided and you are watched closely so no wandering off or touching untouchables!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Nicko Bondar
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything looks huge here
    The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is truly awe-inspiring! Its grandeur and opulence are beyond words. The guided tour took us through magnificent halls adorned with chandeliers, rich tapestries, and ornate details. The sheer size of the building is mind-boggling. It's a must-visit for anyone interested in history, architecture, or just looking to be amazed by sheer splendor. Don't forget your camera; you'll want to capture every breathtaking moment.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Barbs25
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom3,577 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge!
    The 2nd largest building in the world apparently but Google rates it top 10. Either way it’s huge and apparently just as big underneath as what you can see on top of land. We didn’t manage to go inside (check the entrance before you go as it took us about an hour to walk around it!) but we enjoyed walking around it and found 2 nice churches at the back side of it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's certainly a big building
    By reputation probably the number one thing to see in Bucharest, when you walk around it and see it for yourself you can see why it's the second biggest building in the world!! Shame about how much it cost to build at a time when country couldn't really afford it. Visually stunning architecture to design of building and a must see while in Bucharest.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 1, 2023
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bizzerbrown
Stourbridge, UK10 contributions
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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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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy11,109 contributions
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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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Andrew B
Adelaide, Australia232 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Solo
The building is very impressive from the outside due to its immense size, however it is even more impressive on the inside. Tours are run daily but must be booked at least the day before. As I was only in Bucharest for two days I ended up paying a private company to arrange this, but it is much cheaper to do yourself.
Written January 21, 2020
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MickyC
Bromley, UK611 contributions
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Jan 2020
Saw this building on TV and wanted to visit. The building is of an amazing size. There is a small art museum at the entrance that is free to view.

They have daily tours, I think about 5-6 a day. The tours take about an hour and cost about £7-£8 if I remember ( maybe less ) . You must bring your passport for ID to enter the main tour.

The tour is great and informative, you will learn about the building, it’s construction and much more. The building is so big that you only get to see about 5 % of it.

Over all it’s definitely worth it .
Written January 14, 2020
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Bluesky91
Kingston upon Thames, UK584 contributions
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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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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is really a huge structure and is visible from quite a distance. I'd recommend booking the tour in advance if you want to see the inside: I turned up on the day in the hope of getting a slot but was unsuccessful. Nice enough from the outside, but I would have liked to see the interior too.
Written February 17, 2020
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Colin F
Thirsk, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went on the guided tour as you have to. It was very informative and covers about 2 km inside the building and 300 steps up and down. Don't forget your passport or you won't get past security.
If you walk from the old town be sure to head for the right hand side of the building ( looking from the road in front), as this is where the visitors entrance is .
Also ring ahead ( you are advised to ring 24 hours ahead but we managed to get in on the same day depends how busy they are). It's well worth the effort!!
Written February 2, 2020
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George S
Sofia, Bulgaria1,100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
The building is amazingly huge, you should drive around it, walking takes too long
This is the building one can see from the famous boulevard, full of fountains
And this place is clearly represents soviet times of Romania. The former house of Chaushesku...
But! On my view it’s ugly, unreasonably huge and useless
On my personal opinion it’s not worth spending time
Written January 27, 2020
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roshnrachel
Sheffield, UK127 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This building from the outside is very impressive in size - it is huge! On the inside there are elements which are grand and impressive. We took the tour which included the underground. The tour lasted for 2 hours. It was quite long and lingered for a while in each room and so was a bit boring.
In terms of booking you have to call up 24 hours beforehand to book in a time which they tell you. You need to take your passport too. There was no offer of a cloak room and you will be carrying around coats etc.
Overall, this was quite boring and if you were set on going then I’d miss out the underground - it was just some pipes and a few displays - not worth it
Written January 17, 2020
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