Parliament and Palais Epstein
Until 1918, the elected representatives serving in the Council of the Empire met here in legislative session for the Austrian half of the dual Austro-Hungarian Monarchy which extended from Galicia (now Polish and Ukrainian territory) all the way to Dalmatia (the Adriatic coast of modern-day Croatia).
The Palais Epstein, located right next to Parliament, is one of the most important palaces on Vienna’s Ring Boulevard and, like the Parliament, was also designed by Theophil Hansen. Since the fall of 2005 it has been used for parliamentary purposes.
The deputies of the "kingdoms and countries represented in the Reichsrat", the Austrian half of the double monarch of Austria-Hungary, which extended from Galicia (present-day Poland and Ukraine) to Dalmatia (the present-day Adriatic coast of Croatia), assembled here until 1918. Amongst them were Thomas G. Masaryk, later the president of Czechoslovakia, and the Italian statesman Alcide de Gasperi.
Palais Epstein, situated in the immediate vicinity of Parliament, is one of the most important palaces on Vienna’s Ringstrasse and was also planned by Hansen. It has been used for parliamentary purposes since autumn 2005.
Note: Palais Epstein can only be visited on guided tours (see details at the end of the article).
Today, it is the seat of the National Assembly and the Federal Council (tours possible). To the left of Parliament is the monument to the Republic with busts of the social-democratic representative Jakob Reumann (Mayor of Vienna from 1919 to 1923), Viktor Adler (co-founder of the First Republic, Foreign Minister in 1918) and Ferdinand Hanusch (Social Affairs Minister from 1918 to 1920).
To the right of Parliament is the monument to Dr. Karl Renner, who led the country in the founding of both republics in 1918 and 1945, and was Federal President from 1945 to 1950.
Guided tours of Parliament:
Mid-September to mid-July (except on session days and public holidays):
Mo-Th: 11.00 am, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm
Fr: 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm
Sa: 11.00 am, 12.00 noon, 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm
Guided tours from mid-July to mid-September
(except on session days and public holidays): Mo - Sa: 11.00 am, 12.00 noon, 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm
Single ticket: €5.00
Guided tours of Palais Epstein:
Mid-September to mid-July
Sa: 11.00 am, 2.00 pm
No guided tours from mid-July to mid-September (groups of 10 people or more on request)
Start of tour and tickets in the Parliament visitor center. Single ticket: €5.00
Combined tickets available for guided tours of Parliament & Palais Epstein.
Parliament (Parlament)Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3 , 1010 Wien
Mid-September to mid-July (except on session days): Mon-Thu: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.; Fri: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.; Sat.: 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Guided tours from mid-July to mid-September (except on session days): Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Wheelchair-accessible via an opening of the ramp wall left of the statue of Athena.
- no steps
- 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Special offers for people with disabilities
Guided tours for more than 5 persons with wheelchairs: by prior reservation.
Entire visitor's center is free of barriers: elevators, multimedia stations, shop, café, toilets.
- Main entrance