European Parliament Walking Tours
There is much more to the European Quarter than what meets the eye and the best way to explore this unique neighbourhood is on foot. The European Parliament walking tours allow you to discover the European institutions, but also the quarter’s green spaces, its art, history and architectural gems. With an experienced tour guide by your side, get ready to discover some of Brussels best-kept secrets and receive answers to all your questions.
The 90-minute guided tours take place every weekend during spring and summer. The tours are available in English, French, Dutch and German and should be booked online in advance. There may be a number of last minute places available on the day, but priority will be given to visitors with a reservation.
|Dutch: 10.00, French: 11.00||German: 14.00, English: 12.00, 15.00|
Meet your guide on the Esplanade Solidarność 1980 in front of Station Europe, which is housed in the old train station in the Place du Luxembourg.
Visit the iconic Esplanade Solidarność 1980, a dynamic and multicultural space for citizens to meet. How many different languages will you hear being spoken as you walk in the footsteps of politicians, journalists and world leaders? Hear the stories of the people who gave their names to the buildings - who were Altiero Spinelli, Clara Campoamor, József Antall, Simone Veil and how did they shape the Europe we know today? Learn about the history of the European project and how Brussels became its beating heart. Discover how European institutions have shaped the urban landscape of the city as you explore the European Quarter.
Lastly, finish your tour in the historic Leopold Park. Once a zoo home to all kinds of animals, it now houses cultural institutions and historic monuments, such as the Solvay Library, the House of European History and sections of the Berlin Wall. From here, you can continue your journey through the Leopold Quarter, or simply stop and enjoy the view. At any point, feel free to ask your guide questions and receive advice on what else there is to do in the bustling city of Brussels.
Esplanade Solidarność 1980
How to get there
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 nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.