Due to the necessary restrictions in connection with COVID-19 and in order to guarantee safe conditions for guided tours, the following regulations currently apply:
The maximum group size for outdoor tours at Heldenplatz is 20 people, with the exception of school classes.
Visitors require a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination/past infection ("3-G-Nachweis") to enter parliament Buildings.
The maximum group size for indoor tours at Josefsplatz and in Palais Epstein is 15 people for public tours and 20 people for group tours, with the exception of school classes.
When registering groups or individuals for public tours, we ask for the provision of contact details.
FFP2 masks must be worn for indoor tours.
Please address further questions to the Visitor Service.
The Parliamentary Administration currently also offers virtual guided tours.
The 130 year old Parliament building is to undergo sustainable renovation during the next few years. For this purpose, the Parliamentary Business had to be relocated in summer 2017 to the alternative accommodation in the Hofburg and in three temporary office buildings. During this four-year period of renovation, the National Council and Federal Council will sit in the Redoutensaal of the Hofburg.
While the Parliament building is undergoing refurbishment, guided tours through the Hofburg will offer a continuing opportunity to witness politics first hand.
Virtual tours of the Parliament in the Hofburg, the Heroes' Square tour Democracy.Power.Places and the tour of Palais Epstein as well as the construction site in the Parliament building on the Ring take place from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and are available in German and English. More
The 90-minute tour focuses on the development of Austrian parliamentarism and the history of the Heldenplatz as well as nearby places. You will also receive interesting information about the Palais Epstein and the Parliament building on the Ringstrasse. More
The quiet, even modest façade may mislead the onlooker: As you enter the building, you are immediately gripped by Gustav Epstein’s and his family’s sense of beauty and their dedication to the arts. Over the years, the palace has lost nothing of its charm and fascination. Once a residence and business house, it is now used by Parliament for various purposes. More