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Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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.
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  • Walking around central Vienna it is difficult not to see the building at some point with it's Greek Style Columns. As with many buildings in Vienna it is a delight just to admire the architecture from...  more »
  • Simply a great building in the Greek style, a must-see for every tourist in Vienna! Good publicly available!
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  • The parliament building is located next to the Rathaus and close to Rathaus metro stop. It has an impressive architecture and the columns remind me of Greek architecture a lot. We did not go inside an...  more »
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  • Beautiful on the outside! Wish I could've taken a tour or have been able to walk through it
  • Incredible building, however it's closing for construction works...so the parliament will be moved to temporary buildings (just in front of this one)
  • This square is very large, and I especially like Athena statue so much. love it
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
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