Brussels/European Quarter

The European Quarter (French: Quartier européen, Dutch: Europese wijk) in Brussels, Belgium is a large office area east of the center which is mostly taken up by the European Union. The district also houses the large Parc de Cinquantenaire and a beautiful, but expensive, residential area on its northern edge.

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Metro line 5 goes straight through the ditstrict, and 6 also traverses the western edge.

Map of Brussels/European Quarter

EU parliament debating chamber

Brussels is considered to be the de facto capital of the European Union, having a long history of hosting the institutions of the European Union within its European Quarter. The EU has no official capital, and no plans to declare one, but Brussels hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Council, as well as a second seat of the European Parliament.

  • 50.838814.375771 European Parliament, Rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 60 (Luxemburg  12  21  27  64  or Luxemburg), +32 2 284-21-11, fax: +32 2 284-35-30. M-Th at 10:00 and 15:00; F at 10:00 only; closed official holidays. Multimedia-guided tours in all official EU languages. Don’t forget to bring an ID card/driver’s license with you. Free.  
  • 50.8399664.3741821 Parlamentarium, Wiertzstraat 60 (Luxemburg  12  21  27  64  or Luxemburg), +32 2 283 22 22, e-mail: M 13:00-18:00, Tu-F 09:00-18:00, Sa-Su 10:00-18:00. The Parlamentarium is the visitors’ centre of the European Parliament and is in the Parliament’s Espace Léopold complex. The official opening was on 14 October 2011 by President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek. The permanent exhibition contains hundreds of multimedia components, explaining the European Parliament and other European Union institutions. The entrance to the centre is on the Parliament’s esplanade. Each visitor is provided with a personal multimedia guide which guides them through the exhibition, location is used to display content relevant to each area. It is also needed to activate each installation and shows in-depth information, plays audio using an in-ear speaker and displays short films in the visitor’s selected language. All content in the Parlamentarium is available in the 24 official EU languages. Tours are held for children, blind and deaf people. Its most famous exposition is State of deception about propaganda of Nazi Germany. Note that unusually strict security measures enforced at the Parlementarium entrance, with airport style bag and visitor scanners at the entrance. Be prepared to leave restricted items like pocket knives at the security desk, where they can be picked up again at the end of your visit. Lockers are available free of charge to store backpacks. Free. (updated Feb 2018)
  • 50.8436144.3823971 European Commission, Wetstraat 200 (Shuman  1   5   12  21  60  79 ). Guided tours not available. Presentations available for groups of 15 or more, booked in advance.  
  • 50.8421984.3821721 European Council, Wetstraat 175 (Shuman  1   5   12  21  60  79 ), +32 2 281-2140, fax: +32 2 281-6609. Guided tours not available. Presentations available for groups of 15 or more, booked in advance. 
  • 50.8399314.3785571 House of European History, Belliardstraat 135 (Leopoldspark  21  27 ). M 13:00-18:00. Tu-F 09:00-18:00. Sa-Su 10:00-18:00. Closed on international holidays such as Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years Day, 1 May and 11 November.. This European Union owned museum showcases the history of the European continent and people as well as the revolutions that took place in this part of the world that resulted in the Europe that we can see and feel today. Free entrance. (updated May 2017)
  • 50.840314.378531 Sri Chinmoy Peace Tree, Belliardstraat 125 (Leopoldspark  21  27 ). Tree dedicated to humanity’s aspiration for World Peace. The memorial placque reads: “From man’s inner realisation of peace, World Peace will grow and mankind will become a Oneness-World Peace Family. In this process the oneness of the European nations is a significant achievement, therefore this tree is also dedicated to the United Europe.” (updated Jul 2018)

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