Address: Kossuth Lajos ter 1-3, Budapest, 1055, Hungary
Telephone: 1 441 4904

- Expensive


One of the world’s most handsome Parliaments: a Neo-Gothic masterpiece.

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.

Value for money

Price advice

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.

Expert tips

Be aware that there is no access to toilets during the tour, so spend a penny in advance.

Photography is allowed, but you must switch the flash off when taking pictures of the Holy Crown.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • History
  • Design and architecture