In Brussels this summer and curious about the EU? Why not pay a visit to the European Parliament's visitors centre in Brussels and get a unique insight into the work of MEPs and how it touches your daily life? Rated one of the top things to do in Brussels by travel website Tripadvisor, the award-winning centre has proved a big hit with visitors ever since it first opened its doors last year.
The Parlamentarium has already welcomed more than 170,000 visitors since opening in October 2011 and according to travel website Tripadvisor it is one of the 10 most visited sights in Brussels.
The centre is open to the public free of charge seven days a week. Visitors can use interactive multimedia tools to see how laws and policy decisions are shaped by the Parliament and the other EU institutions. This can be done in any of the EU's 23 official languages, while four sign languages - namely English, French, Dutch and German - are also available. In addition Parlamentarium is also accessible for people with special needs.
On 28 June the centre was awarded this year's special tourism prize by the Brussels tourism agency VisitBrussels. This is already the fifth award won by the Parlamentarium.
Parlamentarium - The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
Rue Wiertz 60/Wiertzstraat 60
Willy Brandt building