European Parliament

Experience the European Parliament…

The European Parliament is the heart of democracy in the European Union. Seeing it with your own eyes is a great way to find out about its work as the voice of European Union citizens. All activities are free of charge and most are available in all official European Union languages.

with Belgian fries…

The European Union can be a tough nut to crack but step inside the Parlamentarium and will break it into bite-sized pieces with in a high-tech interactive adventure. A multimedia guide accompanies you as you follow the building of today’s Europe, see how laws are made in a 360° cinema, travel the continent on a giant interactive map and discover how European laws affect your daily life.

At the Hemicycle, you can glimpse the very heart of the European Parliament, where its Members debate and vote. With the help of a multimedia guide, a visit walks you through the process of crafting European laws that impact more than 510 million people. Groups are welcomed by members of staff who give tailored briefings on the work of the institution.

Finally, the newly opened House of European History takes everyone, from the academic to the curious, on a journey through the myths and discoveries that shaped today’s Europe. See, hear and touch objects from over 300 collections across Europe that create a unique pan-European picture on the past. Visitors use a tablet to interact with the museum but groups can get even closer with workshops and activities.

… or Strasbourg’s tarte flambée

Strasbourg isn’t just cute half-timbered houses, it’s also home to the European Parliament. After strolling the medieval streets, you can soak up the atmosphere in the world’s largest transnational parliament and find out about its powers and role.

Visitors can see the Hemicycle and the brand-new parlamentarium Simone Veil. Groups can also take advantage of a briefing from a member of staff about the work of the European Parliament. To watch the action live, visit during one of the plenary sessions and watch the debates from the visitors’ gallery.

Something for the younger ones

Both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, the European Parliament offers a broad range of activities for children and schools to help them grasp the European Union. See the European Parliament visitors website for more information on activity sheets, special tours, workshops, role-play games and online resources.

Practical information

If you find yourself in Brussels with friends or family, just drop by; no booking is necessary and friendly staff at the Station Europe information point will point you in the right direction.

Groups can book their visits online. In Brussels, they can be greeted by staff at the Atrium welcome point (with a little advance warning).

Find out more about the activities in Brussels and Strasbourg on the European Parliament visitors website.