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The European Parliament hemicycle

The heart of European democracy

Brussels hosts the main offices of the Members of the European Parliament. A visit to the Hemicycle is a great way to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the world’s largest transnational parliament and find out about its powers and role.

The Hemicycle can seat all 751 Members of the European Parliament. During plenary sessions it is used for Parliament’s largest and most important debates, providing the setting for many historic votes. Visits are organised for both individuals and groups free of charge.




Individual visitors use an interactive multimedia guide that provides video and audio commentary during their visit to the Hemicycle. Visits are available for individuals, families and small groups of up to 10 people. There is no age limit, although children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  

The multimedia guides are available in all 24 official languages of the European Union; the visit lasts around 30 minutes. Advance booking is not necessary, but an identity document (ID card or passport) must be shown.

Individual visits are available at the following times.


In July and August

Monday - Thursday: from 9.00 to 12.00; from 14.00 to 16.00
Friday: from 9.00 to 12.00

Our staff members are also available to respond to your questions and give a more personalised briefing. In July and August, briefings take place at 10.00, 11.00, 14.00 and 15.00 from Monday to Thursday and at 10.00 and 11.00 on Friday.


From September to June

Monday - Thursday: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 15:00, 16.00
Friday: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00

Briefings take place on Mondays at 10.00 and 15.00 and are held in English or French (other languages depend on availability of speakers).

Visitors should arrive at the visitors’ entrance of the Paul-Henri Spaak building 15 minutes before the start of the visit.

Closing days and public holidays

Multimedia guided visits are not possible at weekends, during Brussels plenary sessions and on office closing days or public holidays (in 2017: 15/08; 01/11; 02/11; 03/11and from 22/12 to 02/01/2018 inclusive).

Follow the plenary session

During plenary sessions, a very limited number of places are available for individual visitors to follow the session for an hour. Admission depends on the availability of places. An identity document is required, and visitors must be at least 14 years old.

To attend a plenary session, individual visits are available at the following times.


Wednesday: 15.00 – 17.30
Thursday: 9.00 − 12.00

Check the calendar on the right for the dates of plenary sessions in Brussels.



European Parliament, MEPs votingVisit the plenary chambers of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Visits of the Hemicycle can be organised for groups of 10 to 50 people (larger groups can be accommodated on request) and must be booked 2-3 months in advance. Requests are subject to the availability of rooms and speakers.

Group visits last 1-2 hours and consist of a briefing by a staff member on the role and powers of the European Parliament, a question-and-answer session and a visit to the Hemicycle gallery. Depending on the European Parliament’s calendar, groups may also be able to follow the plenary session from the gallery for an hour.

Visits are conducted in all 24 official languages of the European Union and take place from Monday to Friday.

Visitors must be at least 14 years old (children under 14 may visit with prior authorisation). Group leaders can book a visit by filling in the online request form.



European Parliament, Art Collection Discover the art collection of the European Parliament

Visitors to the Hemicycle can also see parts of the European Parliament Art Collection.

This collection is made up of 387 works of modern art from around the European Union, with a focus on promising young artists. The European Parliament has also accepted more than 120 donations, and regularly houses loans.


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Admission is free of charge

Booking is only required for group visits. We recommend that you apply for a visit 2-3 months in advance.




Esplanade Solidarność


24/02/2016 - 25/02/2016
27/04/2016 - 28/04/2016
25/05/2016 - 26/05/2016
22/06/2016 - 23/06/2016
30/11/2016 - 01/12/2016
01/02/2017 - 02/02/2017
01/03/2017 - 02/03/2017
26/04/2017 - 27/04/2017
31/05/2017 - 01/06/2017
29/11/2017 - 30/11/2017
28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018
02/05/2018 - 03/05/2018

Plenary Session



September - June

Monday - Thursday
9.00, 10.00, 11.00
14.00, 15:00, 16.00
9.00, 10.00, 11.00

July - August

Monday - Thursday
9.00 - 12.00
14.00 - 16:00
09.00 - 12.00

Multimedia guided visits are not possible at weekends, during Brussels plenary sessions and on office closing days or public holidays (in 2017: 15/08; 01/11; 02/11; 03/11and from 22/12 to 02/01/2018 inclusive).


Paul Henri Spaak building
Rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels


Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament

Belgian Railways


Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament.
Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport.


The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.

Atrium welcome point

The Atrium entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.

-Closed in July and August-


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