Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna

4.5
#24 of 494 in Things to do in Vienna
See where the houses of the parliament conduct their sessions, and explore the room where the president meets foreign guests and gives receptions at Austrian Parliament Building. Completed in 1883, the Greek Revival building has over 100 rooms, including committee rooms, libraries, lobbies, dining rooms, bars, and gymnasiums. Take a guided tour, available in both German and English, to learn more about the building and the history of the nation through the artwork on the walls and the carved marble pillars. Still the site of important state ceremonies, the building is open to visitors at specific times, so be sure to check the website to see when guided tours are available. Plan your Austrian Parliament Building visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vienna using our Vienna tourist route planner.
Create an itinerary including Austrian Parliament Building
map
Austrian Parliament Building Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
1,265 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • August 15, 2017
    Magnificent architectural masterpiece with Greek touches. Many terminations figures with its golden capital reflecting notably with the Sun
    View original
  • August 15, 2017
    So important a building which, however, does not like the best experience. I do not know what the Viennese have in passion or in habit. But, unfortunately, another by the beautiful building which from the frontal side roads is not the applicant and disfigure the platform. To the intense traffic and buzz. And nothing does not remember the reception of the tourist attraction. Too bad.
    View original
  • August 15, 2017
    Compulsory to visit place in Vienna! You will be amazed by the beauty and grandeur of this place. The magnificent complex of sculptures and the perfection of architecture will not leave you indifferent. And from here you can walk along the Ringenshtrasse to the Town Hall and relax in the shady Park.
    View original
Google
  • June 20, 2017
    Beautiful on the outside! Wish I could've taken a tour or have been able to walk through it
  • May 17, 2017
    Incredible building, however it's closing for construction works...so the parliament will be moved to temporary buildings (just in front of this one)
  • March 14, 2017
    This square is very large, and I especially like Athena statue so much. love it
  • March 8, 2017
    The Austrian Parliament Building, originally built as the parliament for the Habsburg empire. Apparently this is the most visited site in Vienna, which is liken to Vienna’s version of Westminster. This is after all the largest building on the Ringstrasse, which is pretty interesting to me considering that many of the buildings along this road are considered new, built around the 19th century as opposed to during the Middle Ages. You can’t actually go inside unless you have booked yourself into a guided tour. But generally speaking, the outside is where most people would visit, admire the building and watch the crowds gather in the front. The reason is because, in front of the building is a large fountain dedicated to the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, with its base representing the four rivers Danube, Inn, Elbe and Vltava. This fountain is pretty popular. Perhaps to draw inspiration from the birthplace of democracy, the Austrian Parliament building is inspired by Greek architecture ad motifs. Greek columns adorn on top by bronze quadrigas. The Greek goddess Athena stands in front of the building. Many statues and reliefs around the building are sculpted in Greek styles including statues of Greek scholars and statesmen. For a moment I had mistaken myself in Greece, but that has been the influence of the Greeks on democracy.
  • January 24, 2017
    While walking around and exploring Vienna I came across the parliamentary building without knowing it. It is a good example of Vienna's scale and it's architecture and is impressive as a building.

Plan your trip to Vienna

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Vienna

As a former imperial capital, Vienna is full of lavish hotels reminiscent of the city’s royal past. If you’re traveling on a budget, it’s not hard to find hotels for a more affordable price. Consider staying in the Innere Stadt, or First District, if you only have a short time in town, as you’ll be within easy walking distance to many of the city’s main tourist attractions. Outside of the central core, Leopoldstadt, or Second District, lines the Danube and offers peaceful walks through tree-lined paths. For shopaholics, Mariahilf, or Sixth District, is a central neighborhood with busy shopping streets and lively markets.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Vienna by other users

11 days in Austria BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Seefeld in Tirol & Vienna BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Austria BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Austria BY A USER FROM NAMIBIA December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Vienna BY A USER FROM GREECE August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans