LAST UPDATE: 17.11.2015; 11:43

The Building and Guided Tours

Parliament is not only the very heart of political activity. The historic Parliament Building breathes history and stories, art and noble architecture. Visitors can get a lively impression of how and where politicians are at work – as guests watching the debates in the National and Federal Councils and in some committees, or through guided tours catering for diverse interests that give you insights into the special features of the Parliament Building and Palais Epstein.

Guided Tours

The Austrian Parliament offers its visitors a choice of guided tours that give insights into its day-to-day political work, historical details and architectural features. The tours, which take approximately one hour, cater for different interests and age groups.

Attending Sittings

How do Members of the National and Federal Councils work? What happens in the course of a National Council sitting? How do committees work? Visitors will get answers to these questions when they attend sittings.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre – just behind the Pallas Athene statue – is the starting point of all tours; and it also accommodates a souvenir shop, the press centre and a café. Media stations provide insights into parliamentary activities in a playful way. More

The Architecture and History of the Parliament Building

The Building is home to a wealth of history, anecdotes – and a very special architecture. More

Palais Epstein

A guided tour of Palais Epstein is a short but fascinating journey through 130 years of Austria’s history. Do you want to learn why? More

Renovation of the Parliament

Significant work needs to be done to preserve the 130 years old parliament building and to ensure it can continue to serve as a modern home for Austrian parliamentarism and democracy in the 21th Century. More