The Hungarian Parliament Building is situated in the Pest side of the Budapest city. It is the largest parliament building in Hungary and the second largest in Europe. The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of the landmarks in town. It was designed in the 19th century by the famous architect Imre Steindl and the construction took 17 years. The building was completed in 1902 in New Gothic style. It is 268 feet long and 96 feet tall, and has a total of 691 rooms.

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It is situated very close to the Kossuth Lajos ter Station of the M2 line, and can also be reached by tram. Therefore, it is very convenient. You cannot enter the building freely. The only way is to participate in a tour. These tours are scheduled for a number of times a day and in different languages. You can only purchase for the tours on the same day and the English tours are very popular, and can be sold out easily. It is best to reserve online in advance for the English tours.

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The guided tour lasts about 45 minutes. You will need to enter from the Visitors’ Centre and you have to undergo security checks before you can start the tour. The first stop of the tour is the Grand Stairway. It has stunning ceiling painting as well as sculptures, as well as the elegantly decorated main entrance. You will need to walk 96 steps to get from the entrance to the roof and the height of the building is also 96 feet. This is because Hungary was established in the year 896 and after 1000 years, the Parliament Building was built in 1896.

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After passing through the Grand Stairway, it is the Dome Hall. However, you cannot take photos inside. You will need to take photos outside of the Dome Hall. Once you enter the Dome Hall, you will see the crown which belongs to the first emperor St. Stephen's. The crown was stolen may times and it was dropped on the floor in 793 and therefore, the cross on the crown became irregular in shape. This irregular shaped cross has become the part of the national emblem and the signature of Budapest.

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The Dome Hall consists of 16 pillars and there are 16 stars on the roof, representing the country’s 16 rulers. Their sculptures can be found on each of the pillars.

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Then you will pass through the Lounge of the Chamber of the Peers and the Congress Hall which is now vacant and no longer used. At the end of the tour, you will be brought to the area which explains the history of the building.

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Hungarian Parliament Building
Address: Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary

Opening HoursVisitor Centre:
1st April–31st October: Mon–Sun: 8.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
1st November–31st March: Mon–Sun: 8.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.

Ticket Price:
EU citizens (adults): HUF 3500
EU citizens (students) (ages 6-24): HUF 1900
Non EU citizens (adults): HUF 6700
Non EU citizens (students) (ages 6-24): HUF 3500

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