If you’re only familiar with one waltz, it would probably be Johann Strauss’ The Blue Danube. As I sat by the pier waiting for it to get dark so I can take a picture of the Hungarian Parliament, I couldn’t take the music out of my mind.
If I had been more spontaneous (or crazier, depending on how you look at it), I would probably have waltzed alone by the river Danube.
Overlooking the historic Danube river, the Hungarian Parliament Building looks very impressive. Inspired by the Houses of Parliament in London, it was designed and built in the late 1800s by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl, who unfortunately went blind before the building was completed in 1904.
It stands on Kossuth Square, so it’s also very easy to go there. The subway (M2) has a station near the square (Kossuth tér).
The Hungarian Parliament is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest, and was in fact, at one time, the largest parliament building in the world (a title now held by Romania’s Palace of Parliament).
If you do find yourself in Budapest, and have some time to visit the Parliament building, you can take a guided tour inside where you will see, among others, the old House of Lords and the Crown Jewels of Hungary. At 19 euros, it’s indeed well worth the price.
During the summer season, it’d be best to book in advance. For those with an EU passport, the entrance fee is even waived! Here’s how to visit the Hungarian Parliament Building.
Have you been inside the Parliament Building in Budapest? How was your experience?