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Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

1. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour which covers 3 levels of the building. Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft) and how it is the heaviest building in the world. Then, head up to the 1st level where the main meeting rooms are located together with the Ballroom. As you admire the interiors and architecture, find out about how the building contains almost 500 chandeliers, over 1400 mirrors and ceiling lights, 35 million cubic feet of marble, and 32 million cubic feet of wood together with carpets and other decorations make this building a place like no other. Listen to other mind-boggling facts including how the building has 8 underground levels, the last one being a nuclear bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs. End the tour on the 2nd level where the balcony will offer you great views over the Fountains Avenue.

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Palace of Parliament: Skip-the-Line Entry & Exclusive Tour

2. Palace of Parliament: Skip-the-Line Entry & Exclusive Tour

Pre-book your skip-the-line entry ticket and guided tour in one for an exclusive look through the Romanian Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Discover twelve stories, over a thousand rooms, and four underground labyrinths, including a nuclear bunker. Follow your guide to see the nation's political hub and international conference center, also housed in the palace, and the extravagant rooms in traditional Romanian styles. Marvel at the carefully planned details of the interior, from the ceilings and chandeliers (one of which has over 7,000 light bulbs) to the marble and gold leaf details. The Romanian Palace of Parliament or Palatul Parlamentului is not only the seat of the Parliament of Romania but also the second-largest building in the world. Although shrouded in historical controversy, the building has become a must-see for anyone visiting Romania.

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Bucharest: City Tour with Mogosoaia and Snagov Monastery

3. Bucharest: City Tour with Mogosoaia and Snagov Monastery

Discover Bucharest, a charming city full of contrasts. Admire impressive 17th-century churches, well-preserved traditional houses, and imposing French style palaces alongside communist era buildings and glass office towers. Get picked up at your accommodation in central Bucharest, then head to the Parliament Palace. There, take a tour inside the second-largest building in the world and the seat of the Romanian Parliament in the post-communist years. Next, move on to the Village Museum (Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"), an open-air museum situated on the shore of the scenic Herastrau Lake. Explore a micro-universe of the traditional Romanian village with houses representing all regions of Romania. From there, head to Bucharest Old Town for a walking tour, the former quarter where the merchants and craftsmen lived and worked that is now the entertainment center of Bucharest. Wander along the quaint, narrow cobblestone streets filled with restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Then, it's time for some panoramic sightseeing. Pass by Victory Avenue, one of the oldest streets in Bucharest that features majestic palaces, art museums, former residences of the aristocracy, and old churches. Then, see Revolution Square, the place where Nicolae Ceausescu held his last speech and where the protests that ultimately led to the fall of communism took place in December 1989. After, move on to discover Mogosoaia Palace, the former residence of Wallachian princes in the 18th century that combines Byzantine-Ottoman elements with Baroque and western Renaissance architectural styles. Finally, visit Snagov Monastery, the final resting place of another Wallachian prince, Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. Admire this monument of medieval art before returning to your accommodation.

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Bucharest: Communist Tour including Ceausescu Residence

4. Bucharest: Communist Tour including Ceausescu Residence

The tour will start with a pick-up from your hotel reception in order to visit a couple of the metro stations built during the communist period.  Afterwards, head towards a neighbourhood built by the Romanian dictator especially for the working class in order to discover how the people of Romania lived their daily lives, followed by a visit to the Palace of the Parliament. The building was completed in 1997 and was part of a larger project of Ceausescu to rebuild the capital city entitled ‘Project Bucharest’. The final destination of the tour is the residential Ceausescu Palace, better known as the Spring Palace (Palatul Primaverii). This is where the famous Ceausescu couple lived their lives. 

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Bucharest: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

5. Bucharest: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

The tour will start in the morning at your hotel and following a 4-hour itinerary will show the participants the most interesting sights of Bucharest downtown with entrance to the Parliament Palace (optional) and The Village Museum (optional). The tour includes transport by modern 8 seat minibus, guide services in English, pick-up from the hotel and does not include the entrance fees at the Parliament Palace and the Village Museum. The itinerary depends on your hotel’s location, but it will include: Free Press Square (Piata Presei Libere) – The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) – Victoriei Square (Piata Victoriei) – Calea Victoriei – Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial) – The Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) – Union Square (Piata Unirii) – University Square (Piata Universitatii) – Romana Square (Piata Romana) – Victoriei Square – Charles de Gaulle Square (Piata Charles de Gaulle) – The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului).

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Private Bucharest Full-Day City Tour with Entrance Fees

6. Private Bucharest Full-Day City Tour with Entrance Fees

The tour starts at the hotel where you’ll meet your travel guide, who will introduce you to the city’s history. First stop will be the People’s House, the largest building in Europe and second worldwide, currently hosting the Romanian Parliament – your visit includes a full tour of the huge marble halls and a rooftop view where you’ll have the opportunity to admire the city from the Parliament’s terrace. Lunch will be served in a 200 year-old traditional Romanian restaurant. In the second part of the day, delve into the city’s historical center, a place brimming with life and history. Afterwards, your next stop will be the Village Museum, a genuine time portal to the realm of traditional medieval villages built in a unique architectural style.

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Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Private Tour

7. Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Private Tour

Enjoy private transportation and a licensed guide to the best of Bucharest's landmarks. Be picked up from your hotel and visit the Palace of Parliament or People’s House, the Bucharest National Village Museum, Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), Revolution Square, and Old City Centre. See the Palace of Parliament, the world's second-largest administrative building. Learn how dangerous and damaging a totalitarian regime like communism can be for a nation. Be prepared to feel small seeing the pointless opulence and megalomania “the sleep of reason” can create. Visit the National Village Museum to see an embodiment of Romanian traditions. Understand what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built an ecological and sustainable environment in their backyard. Also get a glimpse into their simple and modest lifestyle, in social and spiritual harmony with their surroundings. Enter the world of the traditional Romanian houses made of wood, adobe, stone, and other materials, from all parts of the country. Be introduced to national symbols such as the mill and the wooden church. Learn how these treasures of spirituality and civilization have kept the people united for thousands of years. Then, follow your guide to Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue). Be fascinated by the contradictions of history—on one side, you have the Royal Palace and on the other, the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the Revolution Square, where Ceausescu fled the country by helicopter. Marvel at old orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery. Also pass through a music store with a large selection of music, casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theatres, tea shops, retail stores and gift shops with souvenirs. Next, see the National History Museum and the Romanian Athenaeum, another Romanian architectural landmark, and the CEC Palace. Take a trip back in time to the moment where dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind the secrets of a great fortune and controversies about the state security service. Reach the Senate Palace and find yourself in front of the building that used to house the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party. This also served as the starting point of the Revolution of December 1989, a major historical event that marked the removal of Ceausescu from power.

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Bucharest: History and Culture Private Walking Tour

8. Bucharest: History and Culture Private Walking Tour

Experience the history and culture of Bucharest as you stroll past landmarks in Calea Victoriei, the old town, and the former Civic Center. Experience Bucharest through the eyes of a local expert. Meet your friendly guide at one of the most beautiful buildings in town, the Romanian Athenaeum. Listen as your guide introduces you to the local history and culture as you venture to the historic avenue of Calea Victoriei, the pedestrian Old Town, and University Square. Next, walk to the former Civic Center in the Communist neighborhood built in the 1980s by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Take in the immense size of the Palace of the Parliament and the view from Constitution Square of the former "Victory of Socialism Boulevard." Stop for an optional lunch break in a traditional and historic restaurant, or for a coffee break in a typical outdoor café.

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Bucharest: Magic Christmas Tour

9. Bucharest: Magic Christmas Tour

Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour of Bucharest’s Christmas Market. Explore the decorated wooden stalls, where you can get handicrafts, sweet gingerbread, and hot mulled wine. Walk to the tune of traditional Christmas carols. This special time of year brings magic to Bucharest. Together with your professional local guide, see the most beautifully decorated places in Bucharest, including the central Constitution Square, Palace of the Parliament, Revolution Square, and the Romanian Village Museum. Learn of the miraculous Christmas legends about Bucharest as you explore. You are guaranteed to feel spellbound by the area’s charming holiday atmosphere.

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Bucharest: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

10. Bucharest: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Discover one of the most romantic capitals in Europe: Bucharest. All Romanians will tell you that their capital is referred to as “Little Paris”. Learn about Bucharest's origins, including whether or not it was infact once a Roman city, as you wander around its charismatic streets. Discover what constitutes Romanian contemporary art, as you experience the excitement of modern art in the Zorzini Gallery. The quiet and charming tree-lined streets containing Art Deco villas are also sure to leave you speechless during your walk around the Old City. With your local charismatic guide you will visit the Național History Museum, Național Art Museum, Național Art Galleries, and Houses of Parliament. Before your tour concludes, don't forget to grab some souvenirs in the Neogalateca shop.

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What people are saying about Palace of the Parliament

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 166 reviews

Everything perfect, you need to go to the entrance of the Visitor Center 30 minutes bifore the visit. Then a guy will collect all the people, help them to enter. The visit of the parliament is instead guided by local personnel of the palace. The building is really a must, you need to go.

Surprised how huge it is. Hard to believe the details so much to see and take in. Very interesting and lovely male guide.

This is a great option when travelling solo. Meet new people while learning Parliment history.

The guide and organizer waited for us, explained everything, the tour was nice, we enjoyed

Great Tour! Must to see in Bucharest. Congratulations to the guide!