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  • Address: Rue Wiertz
  • Hours: Tours available Mon - Thurs at 10am and 3pm only (10am only on Fridays)
  • Admission: Free

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European Union Parliament

Brussels is the administrative heart of the European Union and the Espace Léopold buildings are where parliament meets throughout the year to debate and discuss the future of Europe. The main building of the European Union Parliament complex is the Paul-Henri Spaak building, an impressive glass structure with a distinctive arched roof, it’s been nicknamed "Caprice des Dieux" (whim of the gods) after a similarly shaped French cheese.

The hemicycle is where parliament debates; it seats the 736 Members of the parliament, numerous translators and a gallery for the general public. The semicircular shape is designed to encourage consensus among the political parties. 

There are a number of interesting works of art on public view including May Claerhout’s sculpture Europa, which has become a favorite among tourists.

Practical Info

Work is continuing on a state-of-the-art visitors center, but in the meantime guided multimedia tours are available on weekdays. When parliament is sitting the public are allowed to sit and watch proceedings from the public area.

The closest bus stop is Luxembourg Square and any bus that stops there will drop you at the entrance between the Willy Brandt and József Antall buildings - walk between these buildings to reach the Paul-Henri Spaak building.

Tours & Tickets

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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 338 Reviews

See the best of Brussels on an easy and convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! The perfect do-it-yourself sightseeing tour in Brussels, the hop-on ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Flexible

From USD $28.28

Brussels Half-Day City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 354 Reviews

Choose between a morning or afternoon guided coach tour and get better acquainted with Brussels. See the world-famous market square, glance at the ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $33.37

Brussels Sightseeing Tour Including the European Parliament

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Get to know Brussels, as well as the greater European Union, on this afternoon sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the European Parliament. See World ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.37

Private Tour: Brussels City Sightseeing Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Embark on a private tour through Brussels, chauffeured in your own vehicle by your knowledgeable driver guide. This three hour tour can be customized to your ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.39

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