Visits to the European Parliament in Brussels

Brussels

 

Brussels is at the heart of the European Union. Along with the European Council and the Commission, Brussels also hosts the Parliament. The EP's committees meet here and Parliament also holds some of its plenary sessions in Brussels. Spend just half an hour in the EU quarter and soak up the ambience... the suits, black cars, take-away coffee and familiar faces from the TV news. It is all there!

The EP represents the interests of the 500 million citizens who today comprise the European Union. With the Council of Ministers, MEPs legislate for the EU. Come and visit us in Brussels to find out how!

 
The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
Brussels

Experience the European Parliament as never before. At our Visitors' Centre in Brussels, dynamic, interactive multimedia displays will guide you through the journey of European integration and the impact it has on our everyday lives.

Brussels

Visiting Brussels with your family or friends? Come and discover the Parliament and its plenary chamber with the help of a handheld media-guide. The tour lasts around an hour and takes you through the main EP building.

Brussels

Step into the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament. Take a fast-track course on how Europe's democratically elected body works. Debate, negotiate and build the future you want for Europe. This activity is geared towards groups of secondary school students.

Brussels

A lively information briefing, a discussion with an MEP and a visit to the plenary chamber led by a Parliament official is a great way to discover the essentials about the European Parliament. Here you have the opportunity to visit the plenary chamber and perhaps sit in on a debate.

 

All year round,the European Parliament hosts various events and exhibitions which are open to the public. Come and join us to explore the rich diversity of Europe!

 

Info Point

At the Info Point in Brussels, you can find out about the free resources and services on offer. Pick up free of charge various publications in  the language of your choice.

European Parliament Information Office in Brussels

FAQs - Visits to Brussels
 
Is there an admission fee?

No, visits are free of charge

 
Do I need to book the group briefing and visit to the plenary chamber in advance?

Yes, you need to book at least two months before the planned date of your visit.

 
Do I need to book the individual visit in advance?

No, just come to the visitors' entrance in Brussels 15 minutes before the start of the tour at 10:00 or 15:00 from Monday to Thursday, or at 10:00 on Friday, except during plenary sessions.

 
Can I just walk in and attend the plenary debate?

A limited number of places are available to attend a parliamentary sitting for one hour. Admission is not guaranteed and depends on availability of places.
To attend a plenary sitting of the EP (see calendar for dates of the sessions in Brussels):

come to the visitors' entrance during the sittingfor registration purposes, please bring your passport, identity card or driving licence with youvisitors must be at least 14 years old

 
Do you cater for visitors with special needs?

Yes, we have a limited number of wheelchairs available. Please contact us email:vissem-en@europarl.europa.eu phone: +32.2.284.4777.

 
Is there access for guide dogs for the blind and partially sighted?

Yes, the European Parliament is accessible to all its visitors, including those with special needs.

 
Can I take photos inside the visitors' area?

Yes, visitors can take photos and film. No photography or filming is permitted in the chamber during meetings.

 
Are children allowed?

All visitors must be at least 14 years old. However the Parlamentarium and the chamber tours for individuals welcome family groups.

 
Are there security checks?

Yes, your luggage will be scanned and you will have to pass through a metal-detecting gate. These checks are similar to those at airports.

 
How much time should I allow for a visit?

The individual multimedia-guided visit takes about one hour. The group visit lasts one to two hours.

 
Can I buy souvenirs?

Yes, there is a gift shop in the Parlamentarium which is open every day. There is also a gift shop in the visitors' area which is open only during parliamentary activities.

 
Is there anywhere to eat?

There is a cafeteria in the Parlamentarium and vending machines on floors 0 and 4 in the Paul-Henri Spaak Building.

 
Can I take a tour in my language?

Yes, the European Parliament offers tours in all 23 EU official languages.

 
Is there a cloakroom?

Yes, for coats and for luggage in both the Parlamentarium and the Paul-Henri Spaak Building. In the latter, it is supervised only during plenary session.

 
Are there car parking facilities?

Public transport is strongly recommended as there are limited parking facilities in the vicinity of the European Parliament. For coaches, there is a coach drop-off and pick-up area at the junction of rue d'Ardenne, rue Montoyer and rue du Remorqueur.

 
Is there somewhere I can leave my bicycle?

Yes, there is a bicycle stand outside the Parlamentarium. Please bring your own padlock as we do not supply them.

 
 
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Contact

European Parliament

Parlamentarium - The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
Willy Brandt Building
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels
Belgium

European Parliament

Visits and Seminars Unit
Paul-Henri Spaak building
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels
Belgium

Travel directions

The European Parliament can be reached by bus, underground and train. You can also walk to the European district from the city centre. Public transport is strongly recommended as there are limited parking facilities in the vicinity of the European Parliament.

By train

The three main Brussels railway stations - Brussels Midi, Brussels Central and Brussels Nord - are connected to Brussels Luxembourg, which is located 200 metres from the European Parliament.SNCB

 
By bus or underground

The Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) is the main public transport operator in Brussels. STIB trams, buses and metros form one network and you can switch easily from one to another using the same ticket.STIBBus
Buses 27 and 38 run from the city centre to Place Luxembourg
Buses 12 and 21 run from Brussels International Airport to Place Luxembourg
Underground
Lines 1 and 5 to Maelbeek and Schuman (10 minute walk to the Parliament)
Lines 2 and 6 to Trône (7 minute walk to the Parliament)

 

Amenities

The Parlamentarium offers a full range of visitor services:

Cafeteria
Gift Shop
Cloakroom and lockers
Exhibition area

The visitors' area in the Paul-Henri Spaak building offers:

Vending machines on floors 0 and 4
Gift shop on the ground floor, only during parliamentary activities
Cloakroom

Security

Please bring with you formal proof of your identity  (an official ID card, passport or driving license). Upon arrival, you will be guided to our security checkpoint where your belongings will pass through a scanner.