Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

4.1
#1 of 1,669 in Things to do in Romania
Ironically named the "People's Palace" by the country's most notable dictator, Palace of Parliament was built for Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was killed in the revolution before the building was finished. Among marble-plated halls and conference rooms, notice the twin marble stairways, which were rebuilt three times before Ceauşescu was satisfied with their height. The highlights of the guided tour include the ethnographic display of traditional Romanian costumes, and the balcony from which Michael Jackson greeted the public. For an extra fee, you can take a tour of the basement, or climb to the roof terrace, which offers one of the best views of the city. The building also houses a museum of contemporary art. Put Palace of Parliament on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bucharest online sightseeing planner .
Create an itinerary including Palace of Parliament
map
Palace of Parliament Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
5,095 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • It's worth visiting the Parliament Palace in Bucharest. The tours are guided and usually go. The guides are very prepared. It lasts about 1 hour and a half. For entrance there are strict controls (documents and bags)
    View original
  • Awesome Majesty of construction: the second in the world and third largest by volume. It is not an ancient building as it began in 1984 and ended after the fall of ciaucescu. Have to book online visit (also available in Italian). Student discounts available but with student card to show. You access the visit from the back not from the main entrance. The photos you can do with the cell but to use the camera you need to pay extra. Recommended to see.
    View original
  • The palace is incredible. You can enter only with a guide. Our guide, Alexandru, was great, fun and prepared. The place totally deserves to be visited!  more »
Google
  • Wonderful experience! It doesn't compare to anything else in the world! It is a building with perfect interior design that will leave you speechless and wanting more. As the building is in use the tour may change. It trully is impressive, I could not get enough and i will surely go back during summer for access to the balcony.
  • Very impressive building with opportunity to visit inside with a guided tour. Security is very strict and they only accept a valid passport or recognised ID card. Driving License does not count. So play safe and take your Passport. Well worth the tour which costs about £10.00
  • The architecture is magnificent and enormous! The tour is nice and they have some funny tour guides! From inside you can get the sense of how big it is and hear some funny stories about the kind who had built it. Definitely recommend to visit!
  • From a local's point of view, it doesn't seem that big, but several foreigner confirmed that it is in fact huge. Second largest building in the world. Although it did not get to serve its intended purpose, like it or not, this building occupies a bog chunk of the city center and in the end it is something unusual, which should be valued, despite its agitated history. Although the tour focuses on how big the whole thing is, it's interesting too see it from the inside too.
  • Impressive building. I missed the cutoff time to be able to visit however a shady guard offered to do a private tour..

Plan your trip to Bucharest

  • 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 Bucharest

To take advantage of Bucharest's lively downtown, look for accommodations in the areas of Universitatii square, Unirii, Romana, or Victoriei to be closest to bars, clubs, and restaurants, as well as many of the major sights. Choose from a variety of hostels and budget hotels, or book a night at one of the mid-range or luxury hotels. If you decide to venture farther out of the city, look for lodging close to public transportation to avoid the city's notoriously bad traffic.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Bucharest by other users

3 days in Bucharest BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Bucharest BY A USER FROM INDIA September, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Romania BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Romania BY A USER FROM IRELAND February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Bucharest BY A USER FROM GREECE March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Bucharest BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Bucharest BY A USER FROM GREECE March, teens, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Romania & Chisinau BY A USER FROM GEORGIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Romania BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Romania BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans