WJ Tested: Travel Tips for Budapest Parliament Building Guided Tour

WJ Tested: Travel Tips for Budapest Parliament Building Guided Tour

WJ Tested: Travel Tips for Budapest Parliament Building Guided Tour

WJ Tested: Travel Tips for Budapest Parliament Building Guided Tour

If you wish to visit the interior of the Budapest Parliament building it is necessary to take a guided tour. These tours are available in a wide variety of languages and last approximately 45-50 minutes.

Jill and Ronald Reagan Statue

Jill and Ronald Reagan Statue

Budapest Parliament Building – Facts & Figures:

  • Two decades of construction began in 1884
  • It is located on the Pest bank of the Danube River
  • The architect was Imre Steindl – his inspiration for the neo-Gothic style came from London’s Houses of Parliament
  • It is the third largest parliament building in the world
  • The building is 268 meters/879 feet long and 123 meters/405 feet wide at the center
  • Has 691 rooms
  • Has 20 kilometers/12.5 miles of stairs if they were combined – the Grand Staircase is the most impressive
  • The Central Dome reaches 96 meters/315 feet high
  • The Cupola Room houses the Hungarian Coronation Regalia – Holy Crown, orb, sceptre, Renaissance sword
  • 40 kilograms/88 lbs of gold were used on the interior
  • Cigar holders line the window sills outside the debate chamber – each holder is numbered so members don’t smoke the wrong cigar (unless they forget their number)
  • Ceiling frescoes are by Károly Lotz
  • Painted glass windows are by Miksa Róth
  • The Dome Hall houses16 statues of Hungarian leaders
  • There are 386 Hungarian Parliament members – they are elected every 4 years

 

  • Budapest Parliament Building

    Budapest Parliament Building

    Budapest Parliament Grand Staircase

    Budapest Parliament Grand Staircase

    Budapest Parliament Grand Hall

    Budapest Parliament Grand Hall

    Budapest Parliament Dome Hall

    Budapest Parliament Dome Hall

    Statues of Hungarian Leaders in the Dome Hall

    Statues of Hungarian Leaders in the Dome Hall

    Statues of Hungarian Leaders in the Dome Hall

    Statues of Hungarian Leaders in the Dome Hall

    Cupola Room - Hungarian Coronation Regalia

    Cupola Room – Hungarian Coronation Regalia

    Chamber of Lower House

    Chamber of Lower House

    Budapest Parliament Cigar Holders

    Budapest Parliament Cigar Holders

If You Go:

It would be extremely disappointing to arrive at the parliament building and find all the tours in your language are full. So in order to ensure you are able to visit this impressive site, it is wise to book your ticket in advance. You can find more information on how to do this at the following websites:

Budapest Tour Guide Oliver Rakaczky

Budapest Tour Guide Oliver Rakaczky – on the right

When in Budapest WAVEJourney highly recommends tour guide Oliver Rakaczky. It is possible to take private and group tours with Oliver – he offers a variety of tour options and there is something to suit every visitor’s needs.

Contact Oliver Rakaczky at:
Tel: 00-36(1) 274-45-04
Mobile: 00-36-(30) 85-85-332
Email: oliverrr@freemail.hu

Budapest Parliament Exterior

Budapest Parliament Exterior

Note: Photography – Tripods and flash are not permitted to be used during a tour of the parliament building.

Continue Reading WAVEJourney’s Uniworld Eastern Europe Explorer River Cruise Review:

Cruise Overview | Bucharest | Peles Castle | Bran Castle | Bucharest City Tour | Uniworld River Princess | Giurgiu: Embarkation | Rousse to Varna & the Black Sea | Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi | Captain’s Welcome Gala | Vidin, Belogradchik & Baba Vida Fortress | Iron Gates | Donji Milanovac | Viminacium Archaeological Site | Sava River | Belgrade City Tour | Deck Dining | Vukovar & Osijek | Cruising the Danube to Budapest | Budapest City Tour | Budapest Parliament Building Guided Tour | Gabcikovo Hydroelectric Dam and Lock | Bratislava City Tour | Captain’s Farewell Dinner | Vienna City Tour |

Notes: WAVEJourney travelled from Bucharest to Vienna as guests of Uniworld River Cruise Collection from July 25 to August 8, 2012.

 

One Response to WJ Tested: Travel Tips for Budapest Parliament Building Guided Tour

  1. Fantastic photos & great information. Can’t wait to visit.

    Melody Samuels 01/13/2013 at 9:01 pm

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