Even if you have never set foot in Budapest, you will most likely have seen the parliament building in photographs, magazines or online. It is one of the landmark structures in the city and it is the third largest parliament building in the world. The building has a total number of 691 rooms and its height matches St Stephen’s Basilica.
The parliament building is situated on the Pest bank of the Danube River and stretches between the Chain Bridge and Margaret Bridge. As you walk along the opposite side of the river it becomes quite clear that the structure is the most dominant piece of architecture in the area.
You can see the parliament building in the distance from the peak of Gellert hill as seen in the photo below. Another spot to get a view of this landmark is Fisherman’s Bastion.
There is a tour available and you can see the interior of this gothic masterpiece but unfortunately during my visit I did not have time to visit the inside of the building. I have heard many great things about the tour of the interior so if you have the time for it during your visit then I would recommend doing it all.
I decided to get up early on my last day in Budapest to catch the sunrise above the palace and it was definitely worth it. The building changes colour as the light passes over it and the sky was filled with an orange hue as seen in the photo below. I highly advise making the extra effort to see the sun rising over the parliament building because it is something you may only see once and you wont regret it.
How to get there:
Take the metro line M2 to Kossuth Lajos tér and walk for 3-5 minutes
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