Palace of Parliament

Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

Palace of Parliament
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The world's second largest building was built as a palace for Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was overthrown and executed before it was completed.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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from A$30.11
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  • Izvor (Spring) • 8 min walk
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cb7472020
10 contributions
Dec. 2021
I can definitely recommend taking a tour of this impressive building. The tour guide we had was a well of knowledge, and could answer any questions our group had, and he was clearly passionate about his job, which was noticeable in how he described various details in the building and the history around it. Unfortunately we couldn't take the underground tour due to Covid-19 restrictions, but just the regular tour, but next time in Bucharest I hope we can take the underground part as well, I just want to see even more of this magnificent palace.
Written 7 January 2022
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Niklas Green
Porvoo, Finland29 contributions
Dec. 2021
We went on New Year's and the parliament was closed for the holidays. It's still a very impressive building from the outside as it is hard to grasp the size of it before you actually see it. Take a walk to (or from) Piata Unirii on your way there or back and it feels like a communist parody of being in Paris.
Written 5 January 2022
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Mark Mimino
Berlin, Germany38 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Friends
Enormous building with immense power back in communism time! The heaviest building in the world!!!!!!
Written 2 January 2022
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Stefanos B
Thessaloniki, Greece123 contributions
Dec. 2021
A pharaonic building built by dictator Ceaușescu, one of the largest in the world. I wouldn't say it looks particulary beautiful.
Written 14 December 2021
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onetaxingguy
Los Angeles, CA220 contributions
Sep. 2021
Huge building that is grossly oversized for the city and its needs. It was built by a dictator as an ego-building exercise at the expense of an entire neighborhood being demolished. Huge public rooms are impressive due to their size and lighting fixtures. Parliament chambers are quite impressive. If you have time to spare, this is one of the few tourist attractions to see in Bucharest.
Written 29 November 2021
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midway42
Minnesota2,784 contributions
Oct. 2021
Describing this building is an exercise in excess: second largest administrative building in the world, 1,100 rooms, worth $4 billion, designed by 700 architects, eight underground levels, 4 million square feet, etc. Located at the end of Boulevard Unirii, the “People’s Palace” simply defies description by words or pictures. It was somewhat fittingly ordered by Ceausescu at the end of his reign but not finished until after his death, and currently houses the Senate and Parliament as well as the occasional international conference.

I toured at the end of my time in Romania, purchasing my tickets online several days before. The entrance for tours is on the south side of the building, or on the left when you face the front of it. I was identified as an English-speaking tourist immediately and after showing my passport and being ushered through security our guide met the group of perhaps fifteen in the foyer. The tour itself was straightforward, lasting about an hour. We covered the largest rooms and halls including the media room, a performance hall , international meeting space, and ballroom. Chandeliers, marble columns, and dramatic staircases abound to the point where they became repetitious. Our guide provided apolitical commentary throughout, carefully choosing his words to the group but saving personal morsels for individuals.

Overall, this tour and attraction met expectations. Given the size and lavishness of the building it’s almost impossible for the experience to be mediocre, however our guide was legitimately well informed and moved us along at a reasonable pace. That aside, seeing one sumptuous, enormous room after another became a bit tedious even in a short time span. (As we are still dealing with the post-COVID tourism industry the “extended” tour of the nuclear bunkers and basement was unavailable.) None of this should deter someone from a visit, however. This building is a metaphor for the Communist regime on many levels and seeing it is a duty as much as an option if you are in town for more than a few days.

Tips:

*Purchase tickets well in advance! They can easily be bought on the internet and requests will only increase as the travel industry wakes up.

*Entry was a bit confusing and as of this writing and as above is on the left of the building. My tour book said the opposite and trust me, it takes a while to walk to the other side.

*Photo opportunities abound but especially at night. Lights are on from dusk until midnight.

*The National Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in the buildings west wing with a separate entrance for those with the interest.
Written 12 November 2021
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davcart020
Teddington, UK8 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Family
Really interesting tour guided by knowledgable and humerous staff. The history and building stats are impressive. You have to call to book but it is easy and this is a working parliament building. Amazing value, too.
Written 29 October 2021
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,650 contributions
Oct. 2021
You can’t miss this behemoth when in Bucharest, & you can get up pretty close to it for good exterior photos. But a tour of the inside is really worth while. It is only possible to enter via a tour & for groups less than 10 it is necessary to ring & book 24 hours beforehand. Alternatively, you can pre-plan & book through a tour agency, I used Tiqets.com, ticket price was around £12 for the hour long tour. You are requested to meet 30 minutes prior & this is both necessary & expected as the security clearance can take this long. A passport or ID card is needed, your driving licence won’t do. On the Tiqet tour, we were met just outside of the Palace & accompanied to security, & then handed over to another guide, who I presumed to be an internal staff member, who conducted the tour. Several people waiting combined at this point, around 40 of us in total. A big group, but it’s a big place, so this wasn’t an issue. The guide was very clear, knowledgeable & enthusiastic, with excellent spoken English (this was an English tour). The visit encompasses only about 5% of this gargantuan monstrosity & includes it’s more opulent aspects, of which there are many… including marble & chandelier clad ballrooms, grand salons, conference halls. The excess is mind boggling & quite hideous, particularly given the population was half starved at the time, around 10,000 people died during its construction, several thousand were uprooted from their homes to make way for it & a fifth of central Bucharest, including multiple churches, were razed to the ground. Not sure if our guide was over egging it but he claims it would cost $3 billion to build in today’s money! It is the heaviest building in the world, & the biggest administrative building by surface area barring the Pentagon. And apparently it is sinking, & will likely topple within 25 years! Construction began in 1983/4 & it was Ceausescu’s intention that the Palace would house the Governmental functions of the socialist state, in addition to serving as a lavish home for him & the shoe loving Mrs C. This grand idea allegedly occurred to him following a visit to Kim II-Sung in North Korea! The 1989 revolution put paid to that, though the new Government did move in & remains. Another current tenant is the National Museum of Art, but much of the building is unoccupied, & remains unfinished.
It’s a monstrous & maniacal but fascinating story, & a must visit when in Bucharest.
Written 29 October 2021
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Jimvin
Caterham, UK850 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Solo
Incredible building. Considering it was built at the height of Communism, it shows the ambition of Ceaușescu's Presidency, the megalomania and the misuse of state money while the people were struggling. However, without it, we wouldn't have this incredible building and boulevard in front of it. It is truly spectacular but I hate to think how much it costs to maintain it. Truly opulent. 365,000 m2 floor space. 1,000,000 m2 of marble... it goes on. I highly recommend a visit.
Written 28 October 2021
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akker1
Minneapolis, MN204 contributions
Sep. 2021
Impressive interior with one huge room after another including monumental staircases and reception halls, many beautifully decorated. Worth a tour.
Written 26 October 2021
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