European Commission Visitors' Centre
Based in Brussels, the European Commission Visitors’ Centre provides the public with an understanding of how the European Commission works and its policies and priorities.
About the Visitors' Centre
The Visitors’ Centre is being given a face-lift, creating a modern and dynamic space. Visiting groups can already discover new meeting rooms and climate-friendly coffee areas.
The Centre’s new architectural concept reflects the New European Bauhaus principles of esthetics, inclusion and sustainability.
New digital experiences, including a touch-sensitive interactive wall, are in the pipeline.
To ensure maximum safety, and on top of any additional national obligations, please read the Covid19 measures to prepare your group visit. Visitors are also welcome to connect online for a virtual visit to the European Commission.
- Types of visit: General, specific information and tailored visits are available. See below for details and how to apply
- Group size: 15 - 100 people (for physical visit). At least 10 people (for virtual)
- Advance booking requirement: minimum 10 weeks (for physical visit) and 4 weeks (for virtual visit)
- Availability: Group visits are available Monday through Friday. The Visitors' Centre is closed on weekends and Belgian public holidays, plus certain holidays for the EU institutions.
- Confirmation: You should receive confirmation within 2 weeks of submitting your request, including the contact details of the person handling your visit. If not, please email COMM-VISIT-REQUESTS@ec.europa.eu.
- Cost: Free of charge
- Minimum visitor age: 15
- Language: All EU languages – tell us your preference when you apply.
- Identification: You must show a passport or national ID card to get into the building (driving licence not accepted).
- Cancellation: Please warn us at least 2 weeks in advance at COMM-VISIT-REQUESTS@ec.europa.eu, including your visit number.
- A late arrival may result in cancellation of your visit.
Groups can also combine their trip to Brussels with a visit to Experience Europe, the exhibition centre of the European Commission. Experience Europe welcomes everyone, including individual visitors, to an interactive environment. Situated on Schuman roundabout, it is just a 300m walk from the Visitors’ Centre. Make it part of your visit to the EU headquarters!
Request a visit
Visits can take place, physically, in Brussels, or virtually, including hybrid visits.
There are 3 different types of group visit.
When you apply for one of the 3 types of group visit, you will be asked to either create an 'EU Login' account or log in to your existing account.
A privacy statement explaining how your personal data will be processed will be shown at the end of the validation process.
1. General information visit –
A presentation about the role of the European Commission within the EU followed by a question and answer session.
Aimed at people, such as secondary students, with little or no previous knowledge about the EU.
Visit of LISD Student Associates - Princeton University, to the European Commission (17-18.10.2022)
Location and access
European Commission Visitors' Centre
On the corner of Rue de la Loi and Rue du Taciturne.
We strongly recommend using public transport to come to the Visitors’ Centre. The closest stop is 'Schuman' and can be reached by metro and bus. When leaving the metro station, follow the signs for the 'Berlaymont' exit.
Dedicated parking for buses is available in Rue du Taciturne (on your right when turning off rue de la Loi).
To enter the Visitors’ Centre, you must show a national ID card or passport (driving licence not accepted). You must also pass through a metal detector, similar to those at airports, and your belongings will be X‑rayed.
The Visitors' Centre is wheelchair-accessible. Please indicate your needs on the application form.
Wi-Fi is available inside the Visitors' Centre.