Access for Visitors
Access to the Parliament Building is in principle possible on working days Monday to Friday from 6.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Please use the Main Entrance at the Visitor Centre and note that you will only be admitted if you have made an appointment and on production of identification papers showing your photograph. In the interest of security you will be issued a grounds pass which you have to wear cospicuously as long as you are in the building.
The Austrian Parliament offers its visitors a choice of guided tours that give insights into its day-to-day political work, historical details and architectural features. The tours, which take approximately one hour, cater for different interests and age groups. More
Plenary sittings of the National and Federal Councils are in principle open to the public. Visitors are welcome to watch debates from the gallery in the National Council Hall and from the visitor ranks in the Federal Council Hall.
For admission you have to produce a ticket (free of charge) and identification papers showing your photograph. The minimum age for admission is ten years, and visitors up to the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult.
In justified individual cases the Parliamentary Administration may grant exceptions from this rule. More
Sittings of committees of the National and Federal Councils are generally not open to the public, though the Rules of Procedure of the National Council provides for exceptions in specific cases; the same also applies to Federal Council committee sittings.
Members of the National and Federal Councils may receive visitors either in the rooms designated for this purpose on the premises of their Parliamentary Group or in the Members’ Consultation Room. Learn from the main menu item Who is Who how you can contact Members of the National or Federal Council via email, phone or fax.
Arrangements to meet them can be made either with the Members themselves or with their assistant staff. Please be ready to present identification papers showing your photograph to be admitted.
The Parliament Building again and again serves as the venue for a variety of events. Most of these are not open to the public, and only invited guests are admitted. In principle, access is again via the Visitor Centre.
Except for guide dogs for persons with physical disadvantages, animals are not admitted to the Parliament Building.