LAST UPDATE: 01.10.2015; 03:17

Plenary Sittings of the National and Federal Councils

Sittings of the National and Federal Councils are in principle open to visitors interested in attending. To be admitted you need identification papers showing your photo, and will receive a ticket free of charge. The minimum age is ten, and young people aged up to 14 have to be accompanied by an adult, though the Parliamentary Administration can exceptionally grant admission in individual cases.

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Tickets for National Council sittings can be obtained at the entrances (stairs 1 and 2) on Schmerlingplatz, tickets for Federal Council sittings in the Visitor Centre.

Normally there will be seated accommodation for individual visitors, even without advance reservation. Reservation is, however, required for groups of more than five persons.

In principle, attendance at sittings should be limited to one hour to allow a maximum of visitors to take part in the sittings.

Please understand that reserving tickets will ensure that you gain access but not necessarily that you will find vacant seats.

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Groups may make advance reservations for attendance at a plenary sitting with the Safety and Security Department, where they can pick up their tickets upon arrival:

by e-mail: sicherheitsabteilung@parlament.gv.at

by phone: +43 1 401 10-2482 (visitors' gallery)
+43 1 401 10-2805 (visits of the building)

Please address further questions to the Safety and Security Department in the Parliament Building:

by e-mail: sicherheitsabteilung@parlament.gv.at
by phone: +43 1 401 10-2805

Visitors of National Council sittings are admitted through the entrance facing Schmerlingplatz (public stairs 1 and 2); access to sittings of the Federal Council is via the Visitor Centre (Ringstrasse).

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For security reasons visitors have to pass bags, briefcases, coats etc. through scanners in the entrance area and will be checked by means of metal detector frames and hand-held detectors.

Since security checks may take some time, there may be some delays in admission. Please leave all objects that might cause problems, including umbrellas, pocket knives, binoculars or handbills, in the cloakroom. Suitcases, backpacks and larger parcels cannot be taken into the building and stored on account of the limited space available.

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Persons with physical disadvantages can attend debates without problems, since the meeting halls provide space for wheelchairs as well as an audio system for hearing-impaired visitors.

Visitors with impaired mobility (wheelchair users) should be accompanied so that they can be evacuated via the stairs in emergencies, since lifts must not be used in case of fire.

If wheelchair users cannot be accompanied by persons of their choice, the Security Department can make such aides available to them. In such a case, registration three working days in advance is essential.

Sound and video recordings of sittings of the National and Federal Councils are not allowed. Cameras and recording equipment must be left in the cloakroom.

It goes without saying that mobile phones must not be used in the meeting halls.

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