Palace of the Parliament Tour | Bucharest, Romania

Friday, 23 June 2017

When I visited Bucharest last December, one of the things that I was really excited about doing was the tour of the Palace of the Parliament. Bucharest has the 2nd biggest governmental building in the world (2nd to The Pentagon) and it was built during its communist regime during the 1980s. I had seen lots of pictures of it during my research before the trip and I was excited to tour it which we did on our first day there.


We set off from our hostel and wandered around a little before the tour, grabbing breakfast on our way and admiring the architecture of the new country we were visiting. On the way to the parliament, we met some American guys who were also going to do the parliament tour so we joined them and set off to the parliament.

The tour isn’t too expensive with the full tour costing 45 Lei which equates to around £8.50 and it was definitely worth that as it took about 2 and a half hours and we didn’t even cover half of the palace, it is that huge. The palace itself covers 350,000 square metres with 12 floors, 8 being underground. It is a very extravagant and decadent building with many crystal chandeliers dotted about and one in the theatre particularly that is huge and apparently, it takes 4 men to change one of the lightbulbs in it!



Not all of the palace is open to the public, the tour is guided and there is quite a bit of security before you can embark on it as of course, it is an operating parliamentary building so there is the standard security that you go through at an airport and you must take your passport with you to hand in which you reclaim at the end of the tour. It is also quite busy, at least it was when we went so you sometimes have to queue for a little while.



It’s a really amazing tour, it covers the main parliamentary building, the underground area which has an exhibition about Romania’s communist period and the balcony on the roof which gives you a great view over Bucharest! I would really recommend this tour if you are going to Bucharest, it’s definitely a fun way to spend a morning and then you can go and get a lovely warming meal at Caru cu Bere, at least that’s what we did in December!

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