Holding the record on many levels
If you happen to be in Romania's capital city, there's no way you can manage to skip paying a visit to the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Not only is the palace highly impressive, optically speaking, but also a major hub of the city, seen from a historical perspective. Considering this, the edifice breaks several records at once. It is the largest building in Europe with encompassing a surface of 365,000 m² (36.5 ha). And what is more, it remains the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Another noteworthy fact is equally impressive: the Palace of Parliament is the heaviest building in the world as it consists of several tons of steel, bronze, marble and crystal. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that it holds the record for the most expensive building in the world – worth an estimated 4 trillion US-$.
Extended tour through the Palace of Parliament
The parliament building is still used as a venue for political debates. Nevertheless, guided tours for tourists are allowed and do take place. You are taken through the High Halls and ballrooms of this splendid edifice and at the same time you'll be embarking on a journey through time while gaining an insight into Romania's past. Participating in a tour, you have the chance to see several galleries of honour and even a theatre. In order to get a better perspective of the parliament building, the tour also takes you to the front balcony, which you can have a fantastic view on the 3 km (1.9 mi) long Bulevardul Unirii, the “Boulevard of Unification”. Should you be in the mood for more, you may as well pop in to the National Museum of Modern Art which you'll find in the back part of the building.