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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

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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:

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

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. 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). 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.

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: 2/1, 1/2, 2/2, 1/3, 2/3, 13/4, 14/4, 17/4, 26/4, 27/4, 1/5, 25/5, 26/5, 31/5, 1/6, 5/6).

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.

 

GROUPS

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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

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.

                      

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Public wi-fi

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Public wi-fi is available at the European Parliament. Login details are displayed in all visitors areas.

Arrival

The European Parliament has a new welcome point in Rue d’Ardenne. The Atrium is the ideal place to get your bearings and take a moment to relax before visiting the Hemicycle, the Parlamentarium or the House of European History.

Security

A valid identity document (ID card or passport) is required to access European Parliament buildings.

All visitors and bags are subject to airport-style security checks before entry. Firearms, explosive or inflammable substances, pepper sprays, sharp items and other objects that could be considered weapons are prohibited. In accordance with Belgian national legislation, certain prohibited items may be handed over to the police.

Photography and filming are permitted inside the visitors’ area, but are prohibited in the security area and in the Hemicycle gallery during plenary sessions.

 

Visitors with special needs

The European Parliament is committed to constantly improving access for people with special needs. All our facilities and activities are fully accessible for visitors with reduced mobility and special needs, including wheelchair users.

During visits, our staff are happy to work with sign-language interpreters. It is up to group leaders to arrange for the services of such interpreters.

Should you require special assistance, please notify us in advance.
 

Facilities

There is a canteen in the Paul-Henri Spaak building, but it is available only to groups by reservation. The Parlamentarium has a gift shop and a café with a selection of refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.

 

AGENDA BRUSSELS

THE 28 IN YOUR PLATE

Brussels
22-06-2016

Esplanade Solidarność

PLENARY SESSION

Brussels
Wed Feb 24 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Feb 25 00:00:00 CET 2016
Wed Apr 27 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Apr 28 00:00:00 CEST 2016
Wed May 25 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu May 26 00:00:00 CEST 2016
Wed Jun 22 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Jun 23 00:00:00 CEST 2016
Wed Nov 30 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Dec 01 00:00:00 CET 2016
Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Feb 02 00:00:00 CET 2017
Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Mar 02 00:00:00 CET 2017
Wed Apr 26 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Apr 27 00:00:00 CEST 2017
Wed May 31 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 CEST 2017
Wed Nov 29 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Nov 30 00:00:00 CET 2017

Plenary Session

Plenary
Exhibition
Other

TIMES FOR INDIVIDUAL VISITS

September - June

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

July - August

Monday - Thursday
9.00 - 12.00
 
 
14.00 - 16:00
 
 
Friday
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: 2/1, 1/2, 2/2, 1/3, 2/3, 13/4, 14/4, 17/4, 26/4, 27/4, 1/5, 25/5, 26/5, 31/5, 1/6, 5/6).

GETTING THERE

BRIEFING AND HEMICYCLE VISITS
Paul Henri Spaak building
Rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels
Belgium

Train

Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament

Belgian Railways

Bus

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

Metro

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-

CONTACTS

Have a question or a comment? Email us!

About group visitsAbout individual visits

BOOKING AND ADMISSION

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.