Budapest Parliament (Orszaghaz), Budapest
Plan you day carefully. It's good to be there at 8:30 a.m. and buy the tickets. For EU citizens its free of charge but they still have to go to gate 10 in order to receive the cards.
The groups are fully booked in the high season. You cannot buy tickets a day in advance but you can book on the phone – check for this on the hotel reception. The building is quite big and imposing. The tour is about 30 minutes long. I was lucky with a guide with sense of humor and the time passed quick. The tour is very informative and I learned a lot that was not in the travel guides.
Favorite thing: The Parliament is the largest and most decorative building in the country. It has 10 courts, 29 decorative staircases, 27 gates and the first long distance district heating system in Europe (you can view the legendary crown jewels of King Stephen).
One of the most impressive sights of this city.. go up to Buda for free and stroll around for mant places from one to other end... one side is full of palaces and historical great buildings as Hungarian Natural history museum or Palace of Arts
In the other side there is one of the most beautiful spots in Buda...the fishermen's bastion an impressive gothic church.. turquish influences..is so so nice
Conctruction of the parliament was began in 1885. The architect was Imre Steindl, who had visited many countries to study the styles of various epochs. Eclecticism, combining a number of styles, seems to have been the guiding principle in his planning.
The Parliament is best known emblem of Budapest.
Fondest memory: The building is 268 m long and covers an area of nearly 18.000 m2 and was completed by 1906.
Favorite thing: The Parliament, also known as Orszag has, is one of the emblems of the town. There is, however, another Parliament building which is less known and not so attractive. It is situated on the opposite side of the Lajos Kosuth Square, and worth of note.
Favorite thing: The Parliament building, with its prime location on the riverbank as point of reference. It's a huge building - when it was built in 1904, the bank had to be reinforced to support the 268 metres (879ft) long building which houses 700 rooms. It's magnificent dome tops a 27 metre (88ft) high hall which is used for state occasions. The dome itself is visible from around the city. A guided tour will take in the Congress Hall, Assembly Hall and Delegation Hall of this seat of government.
Fondest memory: The building that became one of the symbols of Budapest. It has some features that we can see in Windsor palace in London. Actually the idea was more or less taken from that place. The constrution took about 19 yearts and was finished in 1904.
Decorated with statues of Hungarian kings, located near Danube, it is one of the top points for tourists.
It is open, you can make a tour inside, but the tour must be scheduled and not coincide with parliament sessions.
Inside there is a so-called "Coupol hall" with the statues of Hungarian kings of Arpad dynasty and 3 statues of Habsbours. All the kings are looing at the middle of the room exept that 1st king Arpad. He looks at Habsbourgs, as if asking: What are they doing here, between us? How come?
In the Session hall at the tribune there is a trace of a bullet. Somewhen at the beginning of XX century, during the Parliamenent session, there was a deputy who was shooting at the Chairman. He did not kill the Chairman but since that time there are guardians in the Session hall during Parliament sessions.
One more interesting detail. Near the session hall there is a special place for igars. Sometimes deputies came out for smoking but were alled back to the session, for example, to vote. They could put the lighted cigars there. If the session was intensive and the important decisions were taken, it happened the cigare burnt. Now there is a proverb : "it is worthwile of Habana' (that time and now Habana cigars r very expensive)
Favorite thing: The Parliament building, which has become the symbol of the capital, was built between 1880 and 1902 to the designs of Imre Steindl. The alluvial soil of the Danube bank had to be reinforced by a two- metre (7 ft.) deep concrete foundation so that it support the colossal building, which is 268 metres (300 yds.) long and 123 metres (140 yds.) at its greatest width has ten courts, 27 gates, and 29 staircases. The exterior of the building is adorned with lace-like Gothic pinnacles and 88 statues representing Hungarian rulers princes and military commanders. On the Danube side an unbroken line of arcades dominates the building, with neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance motifs. In the centre of the building, in Kossuth Lajos tér, is the main entrance, flanked by bronze lions, behind which the ornamental staircase leads to the hall under the dome.
Favorite thing: You my see the Hungerian Crown inside the Parliament building . Also needed to mention the National Art Gallery inside Buda Castle , I spent 3 hours there.
Favorite thing: View from Fishermans Bastion , Buda side of Danube , towards Pest and the Parliment building. The neo-Gothic building is very beautiful both exterior and interior.