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Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary|www.parlament.hu|
The so-called ‘house of the nation’, built in spectacular Gothic Revival style, was completed in 1904 and is the largest building in Hungary – it’s rumoured to include 40 million bricks, half a million precious stones and 40kg of gold.
After Britain’s Houses of Parliament, it’s probably the world’s most spectacular legislative building. The interiors are lavish – and a history lesson in themselves.
A guided tour of the enormous parliament building takes in sights such as the holy Hungarian crown jewels, the Grand Staircase and the Great Vaulted Hall.
Getting there & doing it
The best way to explore Castle Hill is to do so independently, walking the battlements and dropping into the museums. There’s a funicular up to the top, or scale the hill by foot (it’s something of a steep ascent though up to the castle district). If you’re staying in Pest, a walk across the chain bridge and then a ride up the funicular is a lovely way to approach the castle complex.
When to do it
The museum and gallery are open all year round, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. Visitors are free to wander the outdoor spaces and battlements at any time.