Visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Strasbourg

 

Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament. Each month, Members gather here for four days to vote and debate in a series of meetings known as plenary sessions.

Whether rejecting, amending or adopting proposals, this week is a high-point in the EU's law-making process. We invite visitors to sit in on these sessions, and to find out more about this representative body in an informative talk lasting approximately one hour.

 

Chamber tours for groups and individuals

We invite you to visit the European Parliament chamber in Strasbourg both during and outside the very lively plenary weeks. Our guided tours are organised for groups of 20-45 people. There are a limited number of places for individual visitors during plenary sessions only. Visitors must be at least 14 years old. Secondary school pupils can also arrange trips as part of Euroscola.

During plenary week

Visits during plenary sessions are conducted in most of the official EU languages and consist of a presentation by an information officer, a discussion with an MEP if the parliamentary agenda allows and the opportunity to attend a plenary session. Admission to these guided visits is free, but should be booked in advance.

As we receive a very large number of requests, we recommend that you apply two to three months in advance. Please note that requests for visits are dealt with according to the availability of places.

Outside plenary week

Groups can also visit the beautiful Parliament buildings outside the plenary sessions. Unfortunately, individual visits are not possible. The group programme consists of a guided tour of the European Parliament, including the plenary chamber, a short film and a general presentation by a member of staff about Parliament. An in-depth briefing may be included on request.

Visits outside the plenary session are conducted in English, French and German. Our guided visits are free, but should be booked in advance.

As we receive a very large number of requests, we recommend that you apply two to three months in advance. Visits can take place all year round except on official holidays and office closing days, but please note that requests for visits are  dealt with according to the availability of places.

Group organisers should send requests to:

European Parliament

Information Office in Strasbourg
Allée du Printemps
F-67070 STRASBOURG Cedex

+33 3 88 17 40 01

+33 3 88 17 51 84

 

Euroscola

The European Parliament invites schools, teachers and students to participate in the Euroscola programme - a chance for secondary school pupils to spend a day in Strasbourg in the shoes of an MEP!

Euroscola brings together 16-18 year old students from all 27 European Union Member States. From the benches of the European Parliament's chamber the students get the unique opportunity to experience EU decision-making in the form of a multilingual European Youth Parliament. Euroscola allows these students to get together, debate, take sides, negotiate, amend, vote and finally adopt resolutions on real European issues

FAQs - Visits to Strasbourg
 
Is there an admission fee?

No, the visit is free of charge.

 
Do I need to book the group visit in advance?

As we receive a large number of requests, we recommend that you apply two to three months in advance.

 
Do you cater for visitors with special needs?

Yes, we have a limited number of wheelchairs available. Please contact us: email epstrasbourg@europarl.europa.eu or by phone +32.2.284.47.77

 
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 the availability of places.
To attend a plenary sitting of the EP (see calendar):

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

 
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 allowed in the gallery of the plenary during the meetings.

 
Are children allowed?

All the visitors must be at least 14 years old. However, the Parlamentarium in Brussels 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. The checks are similar to those at airports.

 
How much time should I allow for a visit?

Group visits last between one and two hours.

 
Can I buy souvenirs?

Yes, there is a gift shop in the visitors' area, which is only open during the plenary sessions.

 
Is there anywhere to eat?

Yes, there is a canteen which is located in the visitors' area and is available to visiting groups on reservation. There is also a bar.

 
Can I have a tour in my language?

Yes, the European Parliament offers tours in all 23 official EU languages during the plenary sessions. Outside the plenary sessions, visits are conducted only in English, French and German.

 
Is there a cloakroom?

Yes, for coats and for luggage. The cloakroom is located at the visitors' entrance just after security control. It is supervised only during plenary sessions.

 
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 drop-off and pick-up area next to the Louise Weiss Building, (LOW tower) on rue Lucien Febvre.

 
 
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European Parliament

European Parliament
Information Office in Strasbourg
Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex

Travel directions

The European Parliament in Strasbourg can be reached by coach, bus, tram ,train or plane.

By public transport (CTS)

Tram line E (direction Robertsau Bocklin) - (stop Parlement Europeen) takes you to the front of the Louise Weiss Building where the visitors' entrance is located.
Bus lines 72, 30 (direction Robertsau) and 6 (direction Pont Phario) go to the Council of Europe (stop Droits de l'Homme), a 10-minute walk from Parliament.

 
By train

Please consult the website of French Railways SNCF

 

Visitors with special needs

All our facilities are fully adapted for visitors with reduced mobility and special needs. Manned by trained personnel and fitted with lifts and ramps, the EP's meeting rooms and corridors are easily accessible for people in wheelchairs. During the visit, our speakers are happy to work with sign-language interpreters provision for whom should be made by the group leader.

Prior to your visit, please inform us about anyone with special needs in your group. Special arrangements will be made for groups including those with disabilities.

Don't hesitate to contact us by email vissem-en@europarl.europa.eu

Amenities

Meeting rooms
Cafeteria
Bar
Public gallery
Gift shop
Cloakroom
Photo area

Security

Please do not forget to bring with you proof of your identity (an official ID card, passport or driving license);. you will not be able to enter  Parliament without it. It will be checked at the entrance, your bags will be scanned and you will be directed through a search point.