Visit me at the European Parliament
Would you like to visit the European Parliament in Brussels or in Strasbourg with a group, school class, leisure association or as an individual? I will be pleased to find time to welcome you personally to the Parliament. Before a visit, however, some preparations are necessary.
Visits must be planned at least four months in advance, as there are many visitors to the European Parliament. Before deciding on a travel date, please contact my assistant, Ute Schweigkofler, on +39 0471 304052. She will tell you which dates are available.
Then contact directly the visitor service of the European Parliament.
Afterwards, please wait for confirmation and, then, send us the details of the reservation – a visit takes one and a half hours. My assistant will try to co-ordinate my schedule with your visit and arrange a meeting.
Travelling from South Tyrol to Brussels:
Travelling by car or coach takes approximately thirteen hours. The ÖBB are offering direct night trains from Innsbruck main station to Brussels main station twice a week for about 60€ (Sparschiene). Flights are available from all nearby international airports: Munich, Verona, Milan and Venice.
Please note that Ryanair flights can only be booked online, using a credit card. For group reservations we recommend asking participants for a copy of their valid identity card (front and back) or their passport, as all such information is necessary for online bookings. It is important to enter the travel data correctly as the airline makes a handling charge of 110 euros for any subsequent changes. We also advise strict adherence to Ryanair’s hand luggage rules (maximum 10 kg – check your suitcase dimensions!). We recommend that all travellers are informed accordingly.
From Brussels-Charleroi we recommend taking the Voyages l'Elan shuttle service leaving every 30 minutes and costing 34 euros for a return ticket. Larger groups should make an online reservation (www.voyages-lelan.be).
The journey to the centre of Brussels takes approximately 45 minutes (Gare de Midi, with direct connections to the Brussels underground system). We recommend purchasing a multi-day ticket for your stay, which costs 18.00 euros.
Accommodation & guided city tours:
You can find your accommodation at www.booking.com or at www.accorhotels.com. According to our experience the Ibis hotel group offers good value for money and its hotels are also very centrally located. For guided tours of the city, you can choose between the double-decker buses of several tourism companies (you have the possibility to stop where you prefer and then continue your tour) and visiting the city with a guide. For more information, contact Visit Brussels, the information office of the city.
Visit other institutions:
The city of Brussels hosts several other European institutions, which, in most of the cases, can be easily visited.
At the following links, you will find more information about:
- The European Commission Visitors' Centre
- The European Council/The Council of the European Union
- The OLAF (The European Anti-Fraud Office)
My staff will of course be pleased to help with advice and tips. Please understand however that they cannot make reservations of any kind for you. The above-mentioned businesses have no relationship with us; these are purely personal recommendations.
- Visitors Service:
- Shuttle-service: www.voyages-lelan.be
- Hotels: www.booking.com
- Hotels: www.accorhotels.com
- Tourism Association; Tours of the city: visitbrussels.be
- Visitors Service of the European Commission:
- The European Anti-Fraud Office:
- European Council/Council of the European Union:
- Brussels: www.brussels.be
- Flights: www.ryanair.com
- Map of the city