The Hungarian Parliament Building is a breath-taking structure that anyone who finds themselves in Budapest should visit. It is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings and the largest building in Hungary with a length of 268 meters and a width of 123 meters, as well as the tallest in Budapest alongside Saint Stephen’s Basilica with a height of 96 meters. The construction of the building began in 1885, a few years after the city of Budapest was founded, and was finished in 1904.
Located in the banks of the Danube river, the Parliament was built in a Gothic Revival style. The interior has 10 courtyards, 13 elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases, 291 rooms, 242 sculptures, over 200 offices, a library with over half a million books, and two identical halls, one used for politics and the other one for tours. Inside, you’ll be able to see frescoes and statues of important Hungarian figures. When outside, you’ll be able to admire statues of Hungarian and Transylvanian rulers and important figures as well as the coats of arms on the windows.
Tours are available in several languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian and Spanish.