European Quarter, Brussels
Many major European institutions are based in an area known as the European Quarter (or Leopold Quarter) in Brussels. Although the European Union has no capital, Brussels has become the unofficial capital and is home to the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. In addition to this, the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) also has their political headquarters in Brussels.
The European Quarter can be found on the east side of the city, between Brussels Park, Cinquantenaire Park and Leopold Park. The area is serviced by the Brussels-Luxembourg railway station and Schuman station making access easy from the city centre. Gare du Midi station
in central Brussels also serves many European destinations, making it easy for international visitors to travel to Brussels.
When visiting Brussels, take time to visit the European Quarter. Enjoy a stroll around the different buildings and parks. Pick up a map from the tourist information which lists different walks around the city. Alternatively, there are also several companies offering guided walking tours of Brussels’ European Quarter.
The European Parliament’s Visitors’ Centre, Parlamentarium, offers audio guides in all of the official EU languages and entry is free of charge. This state-of-the-art interactive visitor centre documents the European Parliament since its inception and the contribution the European Union has on our daily lives. Special tours are also available for children between the ages of 8-14 years old.
Explore the European Quarter from Modern Brussels Accommodation
Both the European Quarter and Parlamentarium are easily accessible from Brussels city centre and hotels near Gare du Midi station. If you are visiting the European Quarter on business but looking for a city centre location, the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi Hotel is an ideal business hotel with Business Friendly Rooms and flexible meeting rooms in central Brussels