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Virtual Tours

Due to security measures to contain the corona virus, guided tours are suspended until further notice. However, visitors are welcome to explore the Austrian Parliament in the Hofburg via live stream with a virtual guided tour. The Parliament's guides accompany visitors live online on customized virtual tours and are happy to answer any questions. 

Virtual Tour of the Austrian Parliament

The virtual tours are based on a 20-minute film which takes visitors on a tour through the Hofburg including the Kleiner Redoutensaal and the Großer Redoutensaal where plenary sittings are held. The film also shows clips of the recent swearing-in ceremony of the government and of important parliamentary events.

The Parliament's guides accompany visitors live online on the virtual tours and answer visitor questions in real-time.

    Virtual tour times

  • Tours in English: Monday to Friday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tours in German: Monday to Friday at 09:00 a.m. | 05:00 p.m.

Virtual Tour of the Palais Epstein

The virtual tours are based on a 20-minute film which takes visitors on a tour through the Palais Epstein. In the last 130 years the former residence of a banker’s family devoted to the arts was, amongst other things, the home of the Soviet City Kommandatura, and the seat of the Vienna Schools Council. Palais Epstein is the only Ringstrasse palace whose original architectural features have been largely preserved. The guided tour takes visitors to the Beletage with its reception room and splendid ballroom, whose surprising secrets were discovered during the renovation.Since 2005 the building has been used by the Austrian Parliament.

The Parliament's guides accompany visitors live online on the virtual tours and answer visitor questions in real-time.

    Virtual tour times

  • Tours in English: Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon
  • Tours in German: Monday to Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Virtual tour of the construction site in the historic Parliament building on the Ringstrasse

The virtual tour is based on a 20-minute film which takes spectators on a tour of the construction site in the historic Parliament building on the Ringstrasse. In the course of the general refurbishment, the precious fabric of the 150-year-old building will be preserved while adapting it to the requirements of a contemporary, modern parliament.

The tour offers unique insights into the construction site and the latest building progress by showing e.g. the construction process of the new Visitors’ Center underneath the Colonnaded Hall. This will be followed by a demonstration of the building progress in the attic storey where the former attic will be transformed into a state-of-the-art rooftop restaurant. Graphic visualisations (so called renderings) allow spectators to get a glimpse of what the newly refurbished rooms and halls will look like after the renovation. The film also shows details of the elaborate restoration and conservation works. A special focus lies on the plenary chamber of the National Council. The tour furthermore provides a spectacular overview of the various stages of the renovation process such as the installation of the steel compression ring which will carry the glass roof above the plenary chamber. The Parliament's guides accompany visitors live online on the virtual tours and answer visitor questions in real-time.

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    Virtual tour times

  • Tours in English: Monday to Friday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tours in German: Monday to Friday at 01:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Virtual tour: Democracy.Power.Places at Heldenplatz

Based on a 20-minute film, the virtual tour takes visitors on a tour to the Heldenplatz (the "Heroes' Square") and its surroundings. The audience learns e.g. why the adjacent square is called Ballhausplatz (“Ballhouse square”). The tour focuses on the history and evolution of Austrian parliamentarianism and explains concepts such as the separation of powers while visiting locations where major historic events related to these concepts took place. The round trip starts at the Heldenplatz and leads to the Ballhausplatz, the Neue Burg and the Äußere Burgtor ("Outer Palace Gate"), the Ringstraße, the Palais Epstein and the Justizpalast ("Palace of Justice") until it reaches the historic Parliament building at the Ring.

The Parliament’s guides accompany visitors live online on the virtual tours and answer visitor questions in real-time.

    Virtual tour times

  • Tours in English: Monday to Friday at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tours in German: Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m.