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Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

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Government Building
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. Plan your visit to Palace of Parliament and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Bucharest itinerary planner.
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  • If you take any photos make sure to get the "toy" cars scuttling in the front of the building as it gives a wonderful sense of perspective. Alas when I visited it wasn't open to visitors so all I can ...  more »
  • Difficult to visit without reservations at least a few hours in advance, even in the low season. Bureaucratic home, and friendly, but the place is worth. Group visit strictly framed. A succession of beautiful huge rooms. This is Gigantism. A scent of another era, even if it is not so long ago.
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  • Impressive from the outside and perhaps even more so on the inside. Worth the effort for the tour, especially the view from the main balcony overlooking the city.  more »
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  • What a monument to one man's ego. Beautiful, yep. Over the top, definitely. Cold and empty, too. It's hard to walk through such a building and wonder what else all those resources could have been used to do. It's worth the tour regardless. The views from the roof are gorgeous.
  • Causecul didn't spar no expense. Saw it when we were in Bucurest taken by a friend. There's aperantlly 20 storys underground? 🤔
  • You can't miss the building. A tour is worthwhile. The guides are knowledgeable and speak good English. The scale of the building is all the more breathtaking when you see how ornate and almost completely unused interior. Our guide was turning on the lights to the grandiose rooms we were not shown around.
  • Why so big? Such a waste of money. Worth seeing from the outside for a picture. The 2nd biggest building in the world next to the Pentagon
  • 5stars for the guide, Francisc and the good time we had with him exploring the 6% visitable are of the 2nd biggest place in the world and the 1st in Europe and the heaviest building in the world. Unfortunately not all rooms of interest are open to public (like the parliament room) and too litle of the underground.Also, as a romanian I am ashamed of the poor mentainance of the building, despite the heavy flow of tourists. For this I woulg give 1*.