Kossuth Lajos ter 1-3, Budapest, 1055
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Expert review of Parliament
The Parliament is Budapest’s glamorous front man – the image most familiar on the picture postcards and tourist brochures. In the 1880s, a competition was launched to design the Parliament building, a project to coincide with the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the country. Imre Steindl was the winner, and it was he who conjured the Neo-Gothic spires and onion dome that loom over the riverside. The dome measures 96m in height – a mathematical nod to 896AD, the year the Magyar tribes arrived and settled in Hungary. You can take a guided tour of the building, with its sweeping staircase, central Dome Hall and ceiling frescoes. Set in a glass case, the jewel in the crown is the – ahem – Holy Crown, the country’s national symbol.
Entrance 3,200 forints (adult), 1,600 forints (concessions). Note that EU residents can visit free of charge – just show your passport at the ticket desk at Gate X.
More information on Parliament:
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- Historic site, Landmark / monument, Tour
- Kossuth Lajos ter 1-3, Budapest, 1055
- 1 441 4904
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Tours (in English) start at 10am, noon and 2pm daily (tourists may only visit on a tour).