The Hemicycle can seat all Members of the European Parliament. During plenary sessions it is used for the European Parliament’s largest and most important debates, providing the setting for many historic votes. Visits are free of charge. Advance booking is required for groups, but no reservation is needed for individual visitors.
Check the European Parliament calendar to see when the Brussels sessions take place - these are marked in red and take place from Wednesday to Thursday.
Visits are not possible at weekends and on office closing days or public holidays. In 2020: 09/04, 10/04, 13/04, 01/05, 21/05, 22/05, 01/06, 21/07, 02/11 and from 24/12 to 01/01/2021 included.
Individual visitors can visit the Hemicycle with a multimedia guide, join a personalised briefing or follow plenary sessions. Visits are available for individuals, families and small groups of up to 10 people. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Please make sure to be at the visitors’ entrance 15 minutes before the start of the visit.
Visit the hemicycle at your own pace with a multimedia guide, available in the 24 official languages of the EU. Visits with multimedia guides last around 60 minutes. Please note that multimedia guided visits are not possible during plenary sessions.
|09:00 - 17:00||9:00 - 13:00|
Last entry is at 16.00 from Monday to Thursday and at 12.00 on Friday.
Take advantage of a more personalised visit with a briefing on the work and role of the European Parliament by one of our speakers. Briefings are offered on Mondays and each day during the summer (see timetable below). They last 30-60 minutes and are available in English and in French (other languages are subject to availability).
|11:00 and 15:00|
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. Check the calendar for the dates of plenary sessions in Brussels.
|15:00 – 17:30||9:00 − 12:00|
Visits of the Hemicycle can be organised for groups of 10 to 100 people and should be booked 2-3 months in advance. Requests are subject to the availability of rooms and speakers.
Group visits last 1-2 hours and consist of a personalised briefing by a staff member on the role and powers of the European Parliament, a question-and-answer session and a visit to the Hemicycle gallery. They are available in all 24 EU languages, from Monday to Friday. Depending on the European Parliament’s calendar, groups may also be able to follow the plenary session from the gallery for an hour.
Group leaders can book a visit by filling in the online request form.
Please mention if you want to combine your visit to the Hemicycle with the Parlamentarium and/or the House of Europe History when filling in the reservation request. Advance notice will ensure a smooth visit.
Visitors to the Hemicycle can also see parts of the European Parliament art collection.
This collection is made up of 387 works of contemporary art from Member States of the European Union, with a focus on promising young artists. The European Parliament has also accepted more than 120 donations, and regularly houses loans.
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 Belgian 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.
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.
There is a canteen in the Paul-Henri Spaak building, but it is available only to groups by reservation.
Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament. Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport. The Zweig entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.
Visitors to the European Parliament in Brussels can now leave their car in the car park, by sending the booking request at least one working day in advance of a visit.