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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.

On an exceptional basis, special slots are open for individual visitors during the months of July and August, following prior registration.

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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 last and first names of the group leader (Mr / Ms)
- the name and full postal address of the group
- the mobile phone number of the group leader
- preferred visit date(s)
- the number of participants (accompanying people included)
- the age range or the category to which participants belong (e.g. pupils, students, adults, professional organisation, etc.)
- the number of under 14-year-old children
- preferred language for the visit
- specific interests of the group
- special needs (e.g. people with reduced mobility)
- any other information useful to process the request swiftly and effectively

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

- for groups coming from France

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- for groups coming from Germany

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- for any other group

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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.

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.

 
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AGENDA STRASBOURG

PLENARY SESSION

Strasbourg
Mon Jan 18 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Jan 21 23:59:59 CET 2016
Mon Feb 01 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Feb 04 23:59:59 CET 2016
Mon Mar 07 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Mar 10 23:59:59 CET 2016
Mon Apr 11 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Apr 14 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Mon May 09 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu May 12 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Mon Jun 06 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Jun 09 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Mon Jul 04 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Jul 07 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Mon Sep 12 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Sep 15 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Mon Oct 03 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Oct 06 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Mon Oct 24 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Oct 27 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Mon Nov 21 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Nov 24 23:59:59 CET 2016
Mon Dec 12 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Dec 15 23:59:59 CET 2016
Mon Jan 16 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Jan 19 23:59:59 CET 2017
Mon Feb 13 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Feb 16 23:59:59 CET 2017
Mon Mar 13 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Mar 16 23:59:59 CET 2017
Mon Apr 03 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Apr 06 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Mon May 15 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu May 18 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Mon Jun 12 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Jun 15 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Mon Jul 03 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Jul 06 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Mon Sep 11 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Sep 14 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Mon Oct 02 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Oct 05 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Mon Oct 23 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Oct 26 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Mon Nov 13 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Nov 16 23:59:59 CET 2017
Mon Dec 11 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Dec 14 23:59:59 CET 2017
Mon Jan 15 00:00:00 CET 2018 - Thu Jan 18 23:59:59 CET 2018
Mon Feb 05 00:00:00 CET 2018 - Thu Feb 08 23:59:59 CET 2018
Mon Apr 16 00:00:00 CEST 2018 - Thu Apr 19 23:59:59 CEST 2018
Mon Jun 11 00:00:00 CEST 2018 - Thu Jun 14 23:59:59 CEST 2018

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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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