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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 the European Parliament’s largest and most important debates, providing the setting for many historic votes. Visits are free of charge. Advance booking is required for groups, but no reservation is needed for individuals.

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






Individual visitors can visit the Hemicycle with a multimedia guide, join a briefing or follow plenary sessions. Visits are available for individuals, families and small groups of up to 10 people. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Please make sure to be at the visitors’ entrance 15 minutes before the start of the visit.

Multimedia guides

Visit the hemicycle at your own pace with a multimedia guide, available in the 24 official languages of the EU. Visits with multimedia guides last around 60 minutes. Please note that multimedia guided visits are not possible during plenary sessions.


September-June (visits begin only at the following times)
Monday-Thursday: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Friday: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00

July and August (visit anytime)
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 to 16:00
Friday: 9:00 to 12:00

Hemicycle briefings

Take advantage of a more personalised visit with a briefing on the work and role of the European Parliament by one of our speakers. Briefings last 30-60 minutes and are available in English and in French (other languages are subject to availability).


Monday: 11:00 and 15:00

July and August
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 and 15:00
Friday: 11:00

Follow the plenary session

During plenary sessions, a limited number of places are available for individual visitors to follow the session for an hour. Admission depends on the availability of places. Check the calendar on the right for the dates of plenary sessions in Brussels.


Wednesday: 15.00 – 17.30
Thursday: 9.00 − 12.00

Closing days and public holidays

Visits are not possible at weekends and on office closing days or public holidays.
In 2018: 01/01, 02/01, 29/03, 30/03, 02/04, 01/05, 09/05, 10/05, 11/05, 21/05, 15/08, 01/11, 02/11 and from 24/12 to 03/01/2019 included.




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 the 24 official languages of the European Union and take place from Monday to Friday. Group leaders can book a visit by filling in the online request form.



European Parliament, art collectionDiscover 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.


European Parliament facilities pictograms




Esplanade Solidarność


Wed Feb 24 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Feb 25 23:59:59 CET 2016
Wed Apr 27 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Apr 28 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Wed May 25 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu May 26 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Wed Jun 22 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Jun 23 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Wed Nov 30 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Dec 01 23:59:59 CET 2016
Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Feb 02 23:59:59 CET 2017
Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Mar 02 23:59:59 CET 2017
Wed Apr 26 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Apr 27 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Wed May 31 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Jun 01 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Wed Nov 29 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Nov 30 23:59:59 CET 2017
Wed Feb 28 00:00:00 CET 2018 - Thu Mar 01 23:59:59 CET 2018
Wed May 02 00:00:00 CEST 2018 - Thu May 03 23:59:59 CEST 2018
Wed Nov 28 00:00:00 CET 2018 - Thu Nov 29 23:59:59 CET 2018

Mini Plenary Session



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.

Car parking for visitors

Visitors to the European Parliament in Brussels can now leave their car in the car park, by sending the booking request at least one working day in advance of a visit.


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