The European Parliament is based in Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Brussels. Most of the plenary sessions are held in Strasbourg, although the Members of the European Parliament have their main offices in Brussels, while Luxembourg hosts parts of the administration.
Visiting the European Parliament is a great way to find out about its work as the voice of European Union citizens, and about the impact it makes across both Europe and the world.
There is plenty to see and do in Brussels, be it visiting the hemicycle or exploring the cutting-edge Parlamentarium, experiencing the Role Play Game or discovering the past in the much-anticipated House of European History. These activities are designed to showcase and explain how the European Parliament works, where it came from and what it does for European Union citizens. They are all completely free of charge, and nearly all are available in each of the EU’s 24 official languages.
It’s also possible to visit the hemicycle in Strasbourg, which is where most of the plenary sessions are held and where the Euroscola programme for schools is based. A trip to the nearby Alsace Moselle Memorial in Schirmeck is an excellent complement to a trip to the European Parliament.
In Luxembourg, you can discover the European Parliament’s first purpose-built hemicycle and other buildings.
From 6 May visitors can change their perspective in the House of European History, exploring history from new angles. Visits to this new addition to the European Parliament and festivities to mark its opening begin at 11am on 6 May in Parc Leopold, including a treasure-hunt, music and food.Brussels - 06-05-2017
The annual Fête de l’Iris takes over Brussels again with free concerts and a multitude of activities. This year Brussels Europe weekend features a chance to explore the secret side of Brussels by touring sites and institutions usually off limits to the public.Brussels - 06-05-2017
Sixty years ago, the Treaty of Rome signed the creation of what is now the European Union, setting Europe on a new path. Times have changed since 1957 but the values that glue Europe together remain the same. A new display around the Agora skywalk portraits European citizen's everyday life.Brussels - 27-03-2017
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For the first time, the Council of Europe will jointly host the European Parliament’s open day in Strasbourg on Sunday, 14 May, from 10.00 to 18.00. Visitors will have the opportunity to look around both institutions: start at the main entrance of the European Parliament before taking the footbridge over the River Ill to the Council of Europe building.
The Open Day is your chance to get closer to the people you elect to represent you and see how they work to defend your interests in the European Union. This year, on Saturday 6 May, the European Parliament in Brussels will welcome visitors from 10:00 to 18:00 to discover how it shapes the laws that affect Europe.
Women and war are the subject of the Parlamentarium’s next temporary exhibition. Featuring powerful photographs and films by Nick Danziger, Eleven Women Facing War tells the story of the often-hidden world of women caught up in vicious conflict. The exhibition is supported by the International Red Cross Committee and is open from 8 March.
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