Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest
Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest

The grand Hungarian Parliament building is one of the world’s biggest, and by far one of the most impressive sights in Budapest – Hungary’s long-lost crown jewels are a particular highlight.

Just over a century old, this eclectic masterwork of Neo-Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles was the winning entry in a nineteenth century competition to design the new seat of the Hungarian parliament. Work started in 1885 and it took a pain-staking eleven years of craftsmanship and toil before it could be properly inaugurated in 1896, in time for the nation’s 1000th anniversary – it still wasn’t completely finished until 1902, though. As a bonus for architecture buffs, you can also find the two runner-up designs just opposite the Parliament building itself – one houses the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Parliament building itself, meanwhile, is the third biggest in the world, with 691 rooms and a spire as tall as the city’s mighty St Stephen’s Basilica. Apart from gawp at its magnificence, inside and out, one of the best things to do here is take the tour to see the Hungarian Crown Jewels. After the Second World War, the jewels were stolen by the Americans and taken to the famous Fort Knox, where they were kept along with most of US gold reserves. They were finally handed back in 1978 by then-US President Jimmy Carter.

1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3,

October 1 – April 30

Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:00

Saturday 08:00 – 16:00

Sunday 08:00 – 14:00

May 1 – September 30

Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:00

Saturday 08:00 – 16:00

Sunday 08:00 – 14:00

 

Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest
Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest
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Monday:
08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday:
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Wednesday:
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Thursday:
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Friday:
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Saturday:
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Sunday:
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