Demokratikum - Experience Parliament

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About the Demokratikum

Located directly under the Colonnaded Hall on an area of 1,500 m2, the Visitor Center "Demokratikum – Experience Parliament" welcomes visitors to learn about parliamentarism and explore the rich history of the Austrian Parliament.

Addressing visitors of all ages and educational levels - from elementary school children to students and families to senior citizens, the Demokratikum - Experience Parliament appeals to those interested in politics, history and architecture, as well as people looking to immerse themselves in these topics through an experience-oriented approach.

27 interactive media stations in present the Parliament and its processes in a factual and understandable way. All of the content is offered in German and English.

Information about entering Parliament

All visitors to Parliament are requested to register their visit in advance. After registering your name, you will be sent an individual QR code. When you arrive, please show this code together with your official photo ID at the entrance.

If online registration is not possible in advance, access is also possible by scanning an official photo ID at the desk in the entrance area. Please note that this may result in longer waiting times. We will conduct a security check before admitting you to the Parliament Building.

In either case, please bring your photo ID with you when you visit Parliament. Please keep in mind that a coat check is mandatory.

Register here

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm CET
  • Thursdays from 8am to 9pm CET
  • Saturdays from 9am to 5pm CET (last entry at 4.30pm)

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

  • On days with Council sittings, extended opening hours until 9pm (or until the end of the Council sitting)
  • Closed on Sundays and public holidays

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Highlights for Visitors

No matter your age or interests, we've got something for you! See what's going on in the Parliament.

Elementary school group with tour guide at the Demokratikum Experience Parliament

Youth & Parliament

Democracy starts young. Discover educational programming for children and youth.

Bookshelves at the library

Parliamentary Library & Archives

Visit and explore the collections of the Parliamentary Library and Archives.

Fassade des Parlamentsgebäudes

The Parliament Building

Learn about the unique building envisioned by architect Theophil Hansen, its rich history and architecture.

Aufbau der Kunstinstallation von Eva Schlegel

Art in Parliament

Austria's Parliament is home to a variety of temporary and permanent art pieces from presidential portraits to commissioned artworks created for the space.

Camera person at work in the Demokratikum Experience Parliament

Press & Media

Journalists and reporters can find relevant information on our dedicated Press & Media page.

Exhibition Design

The exhibition spaces of the Demokratikum – Experience Parliament were developed by the Parliamentary Administration and Atelier Brückner.