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Just a note to others that may be interested in touring Parliament in Budapest. If you hire a local Hungarian guide, they are licensed and take just you/your party into the building, and you and your guide are free to wander anyplace that is open (the guide will know where they can take you).

 

When you DIY and join the tours at the Parliament gate, is when you get the large groups of people. We toured for about 2 hours when we went, then continued on to other sites (Opera House, Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes Square, St. Matthias Church, the Hilton Hotel (on Castle Hill), Gellert Hotel, etc). We were in Budapest for a week, lots to see and do to keep you busy. I doubt you could actually see everything in 1 day.

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Just a note to others that may be interested in touring Parliament in Budapest. If you hire a local Hungarian guide, they are licensed and take just you/your party into the building, and you and your guide are free to wander anyplace that is open (the guide will know where they can take you).

 

When you DIY and join the tours at the Parliament gate, is when you get the large groups of people. We toured for about 2 hours when we went, then continued on to other sites (Opera House, Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes Square, St. Matthias Church, the Hilton Hotel (on Castle Hill), Gellert Hotel, etc). We were in Budapest for a week, lots to see and do to keep you busy. I doubt you could actually see everything in 1 day.

 

That is an interesting bit of information. We were told (misinformation I guess) that only the actual Parliament guides could take you through the building. As we were waiting to start our group tour I observed two private guides leaving their patrons at the entrance with us, and giving them instructions on where to meet following the tour. Also, I had contacted our private guide before our trip, asking about obtaining tickets and she never said she could take us inside (and she is licensed). I wonder if there is more to this? Certainly worth finding out as I would have loved spending more time in a small group.

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Our guide told me the same thing.....we plan to end our day with the 3pm English tour....the guide will drop us there?? So I dont know which guides are allowed to take their own group through.

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That is an interesting bit of information. We were told (misinformation I guess) that only the actual Parliament guides could take you through the building. As we were waiting to start our group tour I observed two private guides leaving their patrons at the entrance with us, and giving them instructions on where to meet following the tour. Also, I had contacted our private guide before our trip, asking about obtaining tickets and she never said she could take us inside (and she is licensed). I wonder if there is more to this? Certainly worth finding out as I would have loved spending more time in a small group.

 

I was told by several people that only guides licensed by the government could take you inside the Parliament. We were escorted by a Parliament guide and we were NOT allowed to go anywhere we wanted, in fact we had security behind our group making sure that no one wandered off on their own and there were big men with guns located in all the hallways. They are paranoid about security because there is some political unease with the government (won't have any impact on tourists). We had our tour at 3 p.m. in English and a group of four joined our group and their guide explicitly told them where he would be waiting for them. In addition when we purchased our tickets we had to give passport numbers and info and were instructed to bring out passport with us that they might be held until after the tour. We did as instructed but our passports were not checked or held.....although that doesn't mean that they couldn't ask for them if they wanted to. It was a wonderful tour and worth doing and no where near the hassle it might sound like.

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I would have loved spending more time in a small group.

 

 

We had 15 in our group at 3 p.m.

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That is an interesting bit of information. We were told (misinformation I guess) that only the actual Parliament guides could take you through the building. As we were waiting to start our group tour I observed two private guides leaving their patrons at the entrance with us, and giving them instructions on where to meet following the tour. Also, I had contacted our private guide before our trip, asking about obtaining tickets and she never said she could take us inside (and she is licensed). I wonder if there is more to this? Certainly worth finding out as I would have loved spending more time in a small group.

 

They could have changed the rules. I will check with my guide to see if she is still allowed to take guests into Parliament. I wouldn't want to be giving misinformation.

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We took the tour last Tuesday. There were 35 people on the tour and the guide was very good. I mentioned this to the licensed private guide we used later on in the week and she didn't say anything about outside guides being able to guide in Parliament.

 

One word of warning to people with walking difficulties. At the beginning of the tour, the guide asks if anyone needs an elevator. If you have any questions on that issue, say yes. If you say no, you are faced with a five-story, fast stair climb before the tour starts. We were just fine, but some others might regret the climb!

 

BTW -the private tours we took on subsequent days were excellent. We toured with Orsolya from http://www.travelguidehungary.com. Highly recommend her services!

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One word of warning to people with walking difficulties. At the beginning of the tour, the guide asks if anyone needs an elevator. If you have any questions on that issue, say yes. If you say no, you are faced with a five-story, fast stair climb before the tour starts. We were just fine, but some others might regret the climb!

 

Good reminder. We are in relatively good condition and hike and walk frequently, but did need to stop to catch our breath partway through the climb, I recommend that anyone who may tire easily on a brisk stair climb take advantage of the elevator.

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O.K., Let me get this correct. Step 1: Buy tickets ahead of time using Visa or Mastercard. Step 2: Parliament guides are available at site. . Is this correct. Also do they provide the audio head phone deals for tours? Thanks Clark

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O.K., Let me get this correct. Step 1: Buy tickets ahead of time using Visa or Mastercard. Step 2: Parliament guides are available at site. . Is this correct. Also do they provide the audio head phone deals for tours? Thanks Clark

 

Step 1 - correct. Buy your tickets ahead of time.

 

Step 2. The tickets are for a guided tour given by a guide employed by the Parliament. You cannot wander around on your own.

 

No headphones were offered. Stay close to the guide.

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One word of warning to people with walking difficulties. At the beginning of the tour, the guide asks if anyone needs an elevator. If you have any questions on that issue, say yes. If you say no, you are faced with a five-story, fast stair climb before the tour starts. We were just fine, but some others might regret the climb!

 

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I was one of the people who needed the elevator BUT our guide did not ask or mention any elevator! I had read on line that there was an elevator but I had to ask our guide if it were available. DH and I (and several others) were shown to a separate area where a different guide took us up in the elevator. So if you need the elevator, you may or may not be asked .....you may have to request it.

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Just to let everyone know, my advice that a private guide could lead in Parliament. No longer allowed.

 

Your guide can go in with you, but you have to also have a Parliament Guide.

Sorry for any confusion regarding my misinformation.

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Just to let everyone know, my advice that a private guide could lead in Parliament. No longer allowed.

 

Your guide can go in with you, but you have to also have a Parliament Guide.

Sorry for any confusion regarding my misinformation.

 

Thanks for coming back to update. :)

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Back in NZ from our trip. This tour is a must do, will remember it for the rest of my life, Budapest is beautiful, this building is the cream on the cake, so glad we pre brought tickets as all English tours were sold out on the day we visited.

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