The Budapest Parliament is the highest building in Budapest. More than forty kilos of gold and more than five hundred thousand precious stones were used to decorate its walls. Inside, we find hundred and fifty-two statues and another ninety statues outside. Its beauty saved it from being destroyed in the devastating World War II. The magnificence of this building is absolutely breathtaking being the home and the soul of this nation.
In the second part of the XIX century was launched a call for the construction of what would be the Parliament of Budapest. Hundreds of projects were received but the one who rises with the victory was Imre Steindl’s project. The construction started in 1885 unfortunately, Imre Steindl could not see his project finished since he died two weeks before the final inauguration of the parliament in 1902.
While the construction of the Parliament, Hungary was still part of the Austrian Empire, however, Hungarians embraced the idea of Hungary having its own national house. This parliament should show their own identity as a nation however, this dream was still far away to come true. Hungarians knew that to achieve that dream it was necessary to fight, and they did.
By the 1840s Hungarians had reached by far their level of patience against the Austrians and claimed for their rights. They were asking the natural right to use their own language and stop being sent to fight in battles for Austrian interest. And as well, they claimed the right to create their own institutions. This led them to rise up for the revolution of 1848.
Unfortunately, Hungary lost the revolution however, after other conflicts, Austria wasn’t that strong anymore and started to lose power. In consequence, Austria began to yield and being a bit more flexible with Hungary which reluctantly accepts the establishment of a double monarchy. That is how the Austro-Hungarian Empire was born and Budapest became the capital city of the double Monarchy.
Hungary started to gain more international relevance in addition to an accelerated industrial, demographic and economical growth. The agreements of the new Austro-Hungarian empire were established in 1867, this year is known as the year of commitment.
The so-called reformists were our friends, István Széchényi, Baron Miklos Wesselenyi, Ferenc Deak, Lajos Kossuth, Ferenc Kolcsey, Sandor Petofi. This Hungarians wanted the absolution of the monarchy. They wanted to give to the Hungarians the value as a nation that they deserved by finishing with the Austrian oppression. They decided that the Parliament should be built on the Pest side In opposition to the Buda Castle against the representation of the symbol of the monarchy.
It took about two decades for the conclusion of the parliament. More than a thousand people worked in the construction. The established budget was 18.5 million crowns of gold that in the end exceeded the amount of 38 million.
The design was inspired by the England Parliament in London which is located next to the River Thames. Its architectonic style is called baroque renaissance. This style was mostly developed in England in the 1830s. The Parliament of Budapest is an example of eclectic historical styles. Which means that is inspired by different historical architectonic styles.
For example, the baroque style emphasizes the construction of thin and tall towers which seems to reach the sky. We find as well traces of gothic style with the gargoyles on the roof. For instances, the dome which is 96 meters high is a common style of the Florentine Renaissance.
The interior of the parliament is also a sample of eclecticism, with classic, Renaissance and Baroque details.
Budapest Parliament tour
It’s possible to visit the Parliament and its halls open to the public. Although, visits are suspended on official meetings of the government and special events. You can find information on their web site where they give prior notice to the suspension of visits.
To get access to the tour it is necessary to purchase a ticket at the entrance ticket offices, however, sometimes the line is quite long and it is preferable to buy your tickets online. The official website for purchasing your tickets is: http://www.jegymester.hu/eng/Production/480000/Parlamenti-latogatas or directly on their website: http://latogatokozpont.parlament.hu/en/home
It is recommended acquire the tickets by this method.
From April 1 to October 31 from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. November 1 to March 31 from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The visits to The Budapest Parliament are restricted during the weeks in which the National Assembly holds its plenary sessions. The first day of the plenary session, the building will be accessible to visitors from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and the box office will be open until 11:00 am
Prices for admission valid from April 1, 2019, *:
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
For visitors under the age of 6, visiting the Parliament is free. You can claim your tickets in writing at the email address email@example.com or in person at the information point of the Parliament Visitors Center.
- If you are eligible for ticket discounts, you must present proof of eligibility when you make your purchase. When purchasing discounted tickets online in advance, you must present proof of eligibility when entering the building.
- Security control is required before entering the House of Parliament. You should not enter the building with large bags, packages or objects that could cause personal injuries, such as pocket knives, knives, gas spray, etc. It is forbidden to enter the building with weapons, firearms, ammunition, explosives, explosive or related agents. devices, or any pyrotechnic device.
- Upon entering the premises, visitors can only carry in their carry-on bag a colorless and alcohol-free beverage, liquid medicines or other special foods (for example, baby food, baby food) in an unbreakable plastic bottle of a volume maximum of 0.5 liters. This must be taken out of the baggage for a security check. Any bottle with content, material or size different from the previous one, should be left in the wardrobe.
- For the protection of the Santa Corona, it is strictly forbidden to take photographs in the Great Hall of the Dome. However, taking pictures or using video cameras is allowed in other parts of the building.
- The House of Parliament is accessible for people with disabilities. To guarantee trouble-free access, we request that visitors in wheelchairs inform their staff in advance about their arrival by email to idegenforgalom@ parlament.hu.
- Apart from the guide dogs, other animals are not allowed inside the building.
- Public restrooms are available at the Visitor Center.
- Due to parliamentary or state events, visits may be canceled even as late as immediately before admission.
- Parking is not allowed in front of the Visitor Center.
- Visitors treated with radioactive isotopes for curative purposes must provide us with an official summary of the hospital discharge issued by the medical institution in question that confirms the administration of the treatment. The summary must contain the following information: the type and name of the radioactive substance used, the dates of its administration and a confirmation that the person who received the treatment is allowed to attend public events.
- If a visitor can not provide the previous document, the Parliamentary Guard has the right to deny admission.