Brussels Parliament Building, Brussels

Brussels Parliament Building, Brussels (must see)

The Regional Parliament Building, also known as the Brussels Parliament Building, is interesting from an architectural perspective. The majority of the building dates back to the early 20th century, but some wings date back to the 17th century. The building boasts a neoclassical architectural style, with a very modern hemicycle (horse-shoe shaped debating chamber) on the top floor of the building.

Historically, the site of the Regional Parliament Building was where the Maes family mansion was located. It was destroyed in 1695 during the Brussels bombardment. What remained of the mansion was bought by Count Charles van den Berghe. He constructed a new mansion on the site with an enclosed courtyard and garden. The mansion was acquired by the government in 1823 to house the Brabant government and to also serve as the home of the governor. Eventually, the mansion fell into disrepair and needed renovations and modifications. In 1995 Brussels split off from Brabant and created its own regional government. The Federal government gave the building to Brussels to serve as their parliament building. However, the building was unsuitable for that use so subsequent renovations were made. In additions to these recent renovations, the local government commissioned eleven artists to create works for different areas of the building.

Tip:
Individual visitors can freely visit the parliamentary chambers during business hours anytime, without the need for an online reservation. During the summer months, you can start your visit any time, while for the rest of the year visits are timed at certain hourly intervals (see here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting/en/brussels/briefing-hemicycle-visits#individuals). There are also docent-led tours at certain times, and if you're really into the workings of the parliament, you can observe a live session on a first-come, first-served basis.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 1-6pm; Tue-Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat, Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Brussels Parliament Building
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Manneken Pis Surroundings Walking Tour   City Center Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Brussels, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

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Marolles and Matonge Nightlife

Marolles and Matonge Nightlife

Brussels' nightlife is represented by the variety of its clubs, among which are not only out and out discotheques, but also clubs that host world-famous DJs and live music. Brussels is home to some of the most fashionable night clubs in Belgium. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous venues located in the Marolles and Matonge districts of Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Center Orientation Walk

City Center Orientation Walk

Brussels is a major European capital with a remarkable history and cultural heritage. It features a large number of architectural sites, museums and world -famous specialty shops. Take a walk and discover the main landmarks of Brussels such as the world-renowned Grand Place and the Royal Palace.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Built in 1837, the Leopold Quarter is a popular district in Brussels and features some of city's most significant buildings, like the Paul-Henri Spaak building, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and Antoine Wiertz Museum. The district is also home to the popular Leopold Park and Jean Rey Square. Check out this next three-hour tour and enjoy the best sites of the Leopold Quarter...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
The European Quarter Walking Tour

The European Quarter Walking Tour

Along with Luxembourg and Strasbourg, Brussels is one of the de facto capitals of the European Union. The city's European Quarter hosts some of the most important buildings of the European Union, such as the Berlaymont building, the Justus Lipsius building and the Paul-Henri Spaak Building. Take this two-hour tour and discover the European Quarter of Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Small Ring Walking Tour

Small Ring Walking Tour

The Small Ring is a road in Brussels which surrounds the historic center of the city. It was built on top of the city's former fortifications, originally constructed in a pentagonal shape. Today, the Small Ring is home to several significant sites, such as the Egmont Palace, impressive memorials, as well as the last remains of the city's fortifications, the Halle Gate. Take this two-hour...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Grand Place Walking Tour

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Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also a top tourist destination in Europe. The city's main square is the Grand Place. The square is famous for its Baroque style buildings, such as the Town Hall, the King's House and other guildhalls, all of which make the Grand Place a busy tourist hotspot. Take this one-hour tour to visit the most popular tourist attractions situated in and around...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

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