The European Parliament in Strasbourg 

The European Parliament in Strasbourg  

European Parliament

Walk the corridors of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, see its Hemicycle debating chamber and experience the interactive Parlamentarium Simone Veil.


The European Parliament in Strasbourg

European Parliament

A visit to the parliamentary debating chamber is an unrivalled opportunity to soak up the unique atmosphere of the world’s largest transnational parliament. It hosts the European Parliament’s most important debates and has provided the backdrop for many historic votes.

All visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg include the Parlamentarium Simone Veil. The dynamic and interactive exhibition gives citizens of all ages a practical insight into the role of the European Parliament, its political groups and the work of its Members.

Visits last around 60 minutes.

Watch: what is the European Parliament?

Hear from the people who are part of the European Parliament about how it works and how European laws are made in this video that accompanies you in the multimedia guide during visits in Strasbourg.



Groups without a booking (Covid-19 – Activity suspended) and individual visitors

Groups without a booking and individual visitors are welcome during the opening hours indicated below. Visits are with multimedia guides, available in 24 languages. At busy times multimedia guides may not be available. If this happens then staff members will be on hand to answer questions and speak about the European Parliament in English, French and German.

You can download the multimedia guide ahead of your visit. The app 'EP Visit Strasbourg' is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Groups with booking for guided tour (Activity suspended)

Groups (20 people and more) can book their visit with a guided tour in English, French or German in advance online. Please note that different groups may be combined for tours. Bookings must be made at least 2 working days in advance.

Part of the visit might take place with multimedia guides, available in 24 languages. 

Groups with a booking may also be able to visit the panoramic terrace, although visiting depends on factors such as weather and group size. The terrace offers a unique perspective of the European Parliament, as well as spectacular views across Strasbourg.

Opening hours

Monday − Saturday
09:30 − 12:00; 13:00 − 18:00
Monday − Saturday
09:30 − 12:00; 13:00 − 18:00

Last entry is 17:00.


Please note that the European Parliament is closed on Sundays, office closing days and public holidays.

In 2021: 23/12 – 01/01/22. In 2022: 24/02 – 25/02, 14/04 – 18/04, 09/05, 26/05, 14/07, 15/08, 31/10 – 02/11, 23/12 – 02/01/23.

Covid-19 measures

Please read the following measures so that you have a safe visit:

  • You do not need a booking to visit.
  • Visits are with 24-language multimedia guides only.
  • Please note that you will be asked to produce an EU Digital COVID Certificate upon entry (from 12 years old). This proves that you have either been vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19, or have received a recent negative test result.
  • You must bring your own surgical face mask.
  • You will have a temperature check at the entrance and not be allowed to enter if your temperature is above 37.7°C.
  • All visits follow a designated path, however certain parts of the circuit may be inaccessible to visitors.
  • You must keep 1.5m from other visitors.


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.


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 visitors



There is a cafeteria with refreshing beverages and tasty snacks in the visitors’ area.

European Parliament

Louise Weiss building
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
Motor disability

Practical information