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 three-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.
Please note the changed opening hours at the Visitors’ Entrance Josefsplatz, during the Easter Holidays. The guided tours through the parliament in the Hofburg take place every hour from 10:45 to 15:45.
For individual visitors public guided tours are offered at the Austrian Parliament at the Hofburg. No prior appointment is necessary. The public guided tours are offered in both English and German language from Monday to Saturday at specific times. 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