Strasbourg Hemicycle Visits – Plenary 

Strasbourg Hemicycle Visits – Plenary

Strasbourg
European Parliament

Experience the Hemicycle and parlamentarium Simone Veil at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in all 24 official European Union languages.

60' - 150'
10-100
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Strasbourg Hemicycle Visits – Plenary

Strasbourg
European Parliament

The Hemicycle can seat all Members of the European Parliament. During plenary sessions, the most important European debates and votes take place here. It also provides the setting for formal sittings by official guests addressing the European Parliament, such as heads of state, Sakharov laureates or other major public figures.

Visits are free of charge. Advance booking is required for groups, but no reservation is needed for individual visitors.

A valid identity document (ID card or passport) is required to access European Parliament buildings.

Please note that the European Parliament is closed on Sundays, office closing days and public holidays. In 2019: 10/06, 15/08, 01/11, 02/11, and from 23/12 to 04/01/2020 included.

Individual visitors

During a plenary session, it is possible to follow the plenary sit in the visitors’ gallery and to visit the parlamentarium Simone Veil. Groups of fewer than 10 people are considered as individual visitors and no prior booking is needed for individual visitors.

Individual visits are available in any of the 24 official European Union languages. A limited number of places are available for individual visitors to follow the session for up to an hour. As such, entry is based on a first come, first served basis.

 

Opening hours

Monday Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday
17:00 − 18:00 9:00−12:00 and 15:00 − 18:00 9:00 − 12:00
Monday
17:00 − 18:00
Tuesday, Wednesday
9:00−12:00 and 15:00 − 18:00
Thursday
9:00 − 12:00

Groups

Visits of the Hemicycle in Strasbourg can be organised for groups of 10 to 100 people and should be booked 2-3 months in advance.

Groups receive a personalised briefing held by European Parliament staff member in one of the 24 official European Union languages, covering the role and powers of the European Parliament, a  question and answer session and a one-hour visit to the Hemicycle visitors’ gallery to follow plenary debates.

Groups are welcome to visit the parlamentarium Simone Veil before or after the Hemicycle visit without prior booking.

Opening hours

Monday Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday
14:30 − 18:00 8:30 − 18:00 8:30 - 12:30
Monday
14:30 − 18:00
Tuesday, Wednesday
8:30 − 18:00
Thursday
8:30 - 12:30

Check the European Parliament calendar to see when the Strasbourg sessions take place.

 

Calendar 2019

 

Calendar 2020

Security

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.

Accessibility

The European Parliament is committed to constantly improving access for people with disabilities. Should you or someone in your group require special assistance, please notify us in advance:

Individual visits

Group visits

Facilities

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.

A cloakroom, located at the visitors’ entrance just after the security control point, is only available during plenary sessions. There is no cloakroom service available outside of plenary sessions.

European Parliament

Entrance Louise Weiss No 2
1, Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex

How to get there

Please consult the SNCF (French railways) website.

Solutions for blind people
Coffee shop
Solutions for deaf people
Restaurant
Luggage storage
Motor disability
Wi-fi

Practical information

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