NileGuide Expert Says:
Tops a short-list of "must-see" architecture in Budapest; strongly recommended. English language tours daily at 10, 12, and 2. Reservations are essential, particularly as there are new security regulations due to recent political troubles.
Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, Hungary
(1) 441 4000
NileGuide Expert tip:
English tours are at 10, 12, and 2 pm. It is wise to purchase your ticket early and if time allows, venture across the street to the Ethnographic Museum. Due to tours offered in many languages, do not let a crowd dissuade you from buying tickets. They could very well be waiting for a tour in a different language.
The Hungarian House of Parliament designed by Imre Steindl stands 96 meters tall, reminding the nation of the glorious year of the Hungarian Conquest in 896, symbolizing the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire to this day. Its design is similar to the Palace of Westminster in London and is the second largest parliament building in Europe. Taking part in one of the scheduled tours around the building, you will be led up the magnificent staircase where a dome hovers over a 16-sided hallway and statues of Hungarian rulers ornament each of the sides. Here you will also be privy to viewing the legendary St. Stephen's crown that was kept at the U.S. Pentagon for safety during World War II. The dazzling stain glass windows are the work of the famous Hungarian artist, Miksa Róth.