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 enter the building, a valid official photo ID is required.
A minimum age of 10 years is required for access, and children up to the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. However, the Parliamentary Administration may grant an exemption in certain, justified individual cases.
You can follow every Plenary sitting on Livestream or Austrian Television.
If you have any further questions, please contact our Visitor Service.
Tickets for National Council and Federal Council sittings can be obtained free of charge at the Main Entrance at Josefsplatz. Please note that an official photo ID must be presented.
Normally there will be seated accommodation for individual visitors, even without advance reservation. It is currently not possible for groups to attend sittings.
Visitors of National and Federal Council sittings are admitted through the Main Entrance at Josefsplatz. It is currently not possible for groups to attend plenary sittings or to make advance reservations.
Please address further questions to the Visitor Service.
Phone +43 1 401 10-2400
Due to the nationwide loosening of covid protection measures, wearing a mask is no longer compulsory when attending plenary sittings. However, wearing an FFP-2 mask in indoor areas where several people are present is still strongly recommended. Please inform yourself in advance of your visit about the currently valid Corona regulations.
FFP2 masks are available at the desk in the entrance area.
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.
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.