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Visit the plenary chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Discover where the MEP's vote and where decisions are taken.
 
 

The European Parliament Hemicycle

The heart of European democracy.
 

Strasbourg is home to the official seat of the European Parliament. A visit to its Hemicycle is a great way to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the world’s largest transnational parliament and to 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. The plenary sessions are interpreted into all 24 official European Union languages. Visits are organised for both individuals and groups free of charge.

 

INDIVIDUAL VISITORS

European Parliament, Hemicycle VisitsVisitors in the hemicycle

DURING PLENARY WEEKS

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. An identity document is required, and visitors must be at least 14 years old.

To attend a plenary session, come to the visitors’ entrance (Louise Weiss No 2) at the following times:

Monday: 17.00−18.00
Tuesday,  Wednesday: 9.00−12.00 and 15.00−18.00
Thursday: 10.00−12.00

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

OUTSIDE OF PLENARY WEEKS

It is not possible for individuals to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg outside plenary weeks.

In July-August 2016, on an exceptional basis, timeslots are open for English-, French- and German-speaking individual visitors, following prior booking to: VisitsSTR-indiv@ep.europa.eu.

More information
 

GROUPS

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Inside the Hemicycle of the EP European Parliament, view of the hemicycle

Groups of 10 to 50 people (larger groups may be accepted on request) can visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg both during and outside plenary weeks. Visitors must be at least 14 years old, although children under 14 may visit with prior authorisation.

DURING PLENARY WEEKS

Visits during plenary weeks last approximately 2.5 hours. They consist of a briefing by a staff member on the role and powers of the European Parliament, a question-and-answer session and a one-hour visit to the Hemicycle gallery to follow the plenary session.

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

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

Booking and requests

Owing to high demand, please apply for a visit 2 to 3 months in advance. Please note that bookings are always subject to availability of rooms and speakers. Group leaders can book a visit by filling in the online request form.

OUTSIDE OF PLENARY WEEKS

European Parliament, Group VisitsVisitors discovering the European Parliament

Visits outside plenary weeks last around 1.5 hours and consist of a guided visit of the European Parliament, including a visit to the Hemicycle public gallery, and a general presentation on the role and work of the European Parliament. An in-depth talk providing further information is also available on request.

Visits outside plenary sessions are normally conducted in French, German and English. Italian and Spanish may also be available.

Booking and requests

Owing to high demand, please apply for a visit 3 to 5 months in advance. Please note that bookings are always subject to availability of rooms and speakers.

Visits outside plenary weeks take place from Monday to Friday morning. Please note that the European Parliament is closed at weekends and on office closing days and public holidays.

Requests must include:

– the full name of the group or school
– the full name of the group leader
– the age range or category of participants (e.g. pupils, students, adults, company staff)
– preferred visit date(s)
– the number of participants, including accompanying people
– preferred language of the visit
– specific needs or interests of the group
– any other useful information that will allow swift processing of the request

Group organisers should send requests to the following e-mail addresses:

- Visits in French, Italian and Spanish

- Visits in German or English

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Security

A valid identity document (an ID card, passport or driving licence) 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 French national legislation, certain prohibited items may be handed over to the police.

Photography and filming are permitted inside the visitors’ area, although they 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 for visitors

A cafeteria with refreshing beverages and tasty snacks and a gift shop, both located in the visitors’ area, are only open during plenary weeks. The visitors’ canteen is available to groups on reservation.

A cloakroom, located at the visitors’ entrance just after the security control point, is only available during plenary sessions.

 

AGENDA STRASBOURG

PLENARY SESSION

Strasbourg
18/01/2016 - 21/01/2016
01/02/2016 - 04/02/2016
07/03/2016 - 10/03/2016
11/04/2016 - 14/04/2016
09/05/2016 - 12/05/2016
06/06/2016 - 09/06/2016
04/07/2016 - 07/07/2016
12/09/2016 - 15/09/2016
03/10/2016 - 06/10/2016
24/10/2016 - 27/10/2016
21/11/2016 - 24/11/2016
12/12/2016 - 15/12/2016
16/01/2017 - 19/01/2017
13/02/2017 - 16/02/2017
13/03/2017 - 16/03/2017
03/04/2017 - 06/04/2017
15/05/2017 - 18/05/2017
12/06/2017 - 15/06/2017
03/07/2017 - 06/07/2017
11/09/2017 - 14/09/2017
02/10/2017 - 05/10/2017
23/10/2017 - 26/10/2017
13/11/2017 - 16/11/2017
11/12/2017 - 14/12/2017

Plenary Session

Plenary
Exhibition
Other

GETTING THERE

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Entrance Louise Weiss No 2
1, Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex

                  

Train

Please consult the SNCF (French railways) website.

SNCF

Bus

Bus lines 6, 30 and 72: ‘Droits de l’Homme’ stop (a 10-minute walk from the Parliament)

 

Tram

Tram line E: ‘Parlement Européen’ stop

Public transport in Strasbourg

CONTACTS

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BOOKING AND ADMISSION

Admission is free of charge.

Please refer to each section of the page for the specific procedures for each type of visit.

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