Virtual Tours

Visitors are welcome to explore the Austrian Parliament and the Palais Epstein via live stream with a virtual guided tour. The Parliament's guides accompany visitors live on customized virtual tours and are happy to answer any questions. 

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. 

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    Virtual tour times

  • Tours in English: Monday to Friday at 10 a.m.
  • Tours in German: Monday to Friday at 9 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. 

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    Virtual tour times

  • Tours in English: Monday to Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Tours in German: Monday to Friday at 5 p.m.