Visit Parliament Building

In all of Budapest, there’s no sight quite like Parliament Building. Beautiful by day and even more spectacular at night, the majestic neo-Gothic building is the highlight of the capital, so don’t miss the the chance to see it up close.

To get there, take the M2 subway or Streetcar 2 to Kossuth tér. As you walk towards Parliament Building, you’ll get a closer look at the striking exterior. Designed by the architect Imre Steindl, you’ll take in white turrets, dramatic arches and a domed roof. Completed in 1902, the huge building has 691 rooms in total, each one elaborately decorated.

To make the most of your visit, go on a guided tour when parliament is not in session, but make sure you book in advance. In 45 minutes you’ll see the grand entrance, the Old House of Lords and the Crown Jewels. The Great Vaulted Hall, the Session Room and the central staircase are truly beautiful, so remember to take your camera. Along the way, your tour guide will tell you all about Parliament Building’s history, giving you a whole new appreciation of the city.

To get the best views of the whole Parliament Building, visit Fisherman’s Bastion or Batthyány Square on the opposite side of the river. With your selfie stick at the ready, take your time admiring the dramatic view. To see the iconic building from the water, take a cruise along the Danube.

The Museum of Ethnography and the poignant Shoes on the Danube memorial are also close to Parliament Building.