A visit to the parliamentary debating chamber is an unrivalled opportunity to soak up the unique atmosphere of the world’s largest transnational parliament. It hosts the European Parliament’s most important debates and has provided the backdrop for many historic votes.
All visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg include the parlamentarium Simone Veil. The dynamic and interactive exhibition gives citizens of all ages a practical insight into the role of the European Parliament, its political groups and the work of its Members.
Visits last around 60 minutes.
Groups (more than 20 people) can book their visit with a guided tour in English, French or German in advance online. Please note that different groups may be combined for tours. Bookings must be made at least 2 working days in advance.
Part of the visit might take place with multimedia guides, available in 24 languages.
Groups with a booking may also be able to visit the panoramic terrace, although visiting depends on factors such as weather and group size. The terrace offers a unique perspective of the European Parliament, as well as spectacular views across Strasbourg.
Groups without a booking and individual visitors are welcome during the opening hours indicated below. Visits are with multimedia guides, available in 24 languages. At busy times multimedia guides may not be available. If this happens then staff members will be on hand to answer questions and speak about the European Parliament in English, French and German.
|Monday - Thursday||Friday||Saturday|
|11:30; 15:00−17:00||11:30; 13:00−17:00||9:30−12:00; 13:00−17:00|
Special opening hours from 29/11 to 14/12 and 20-21/12
|Monday - Saturday|
|9:30 − 12:00; 13:00 − 17:00|
Please note that the European Parliament is closed on Sundays, office closing days and public holidays.
In 2019: from 23/12 to 04/01/2020 included.
In 2020: 23/03, 09/04, 10/04, 11/04, 13/04, 01/05, 05/05, 09/05, 16/05, 21/05, 22/05, 27/05 (PM), 28/05, 29/05, 30/05, 01/06, 10/06, 11/06 (AM), 14/07, 15/08, 02/11 and from 24/12 to 04/01/2021 included.
A valid identity document (ID card or passport) 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, but are prohibited in the security area and in the Hemicycle gallery during plenary sessions.
There is a cafeteria with refreshing beverages and tasty snacks and a gift shop in the visitors’ area. The visitors’ canteen is available to groups on reservation.
Louise Weiss building
1 Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
Please consult the SNCF (French railways) website.
Bus lines 6, 30 and 72: ‘Droits de l’Homme’ stop (a 10-minute walk from the Parliament).
Tram line E: ‘Parlement Européen’ stop.