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5 great experiences in the European Council and the Council of the EU

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That is why you must visit the European Council and the EU Council

When you think about Brussels, most people's thoughts are probably quickly drawn to the EU, and it is also almost impossible to overlook Brussels' role as the center of European politics when you visit the city.

A trip to Brussels is therefore not complete without a visit to one of the EU institutions, and here it is The European Council and the EU Council an obvious choice. And there are several reasons for that.

Firstly, it is quite free for everyone to visit the EU Council; yes, you can even get a guided tour with an expert for free. And everyone can participate, because the content is available in all 24 official EU languages ​​and therefore also in Danish.

The buildings are home to two of the EU's institutions, respectively the European Council and the Council of the European Union, and you can visit both of these exciting councils on your trip to Brussels.

The European Council is where all the EU countries' 27 heads of state meet to discuss and determine the EU's overall political direction and priorities. The European Council is therefore not legislative, but has the task of determining the EU's future political course and also dealing with unexpected events and crises.

The EU Council, also called the Council of the European Union, on the other hand, consists of national ministers from each EU country, who are responsible for negotiating and adopting EU legislation. It is therefore in the EU Council that the day-to-day legislative work takes place.

The Presidency of the EU Council rotates between EU member states every six months, and from July to December 2025, Denmark is the chairman of the EU Council. Another reason to visit the Council.

On a visit to the Council of the EU, you get right into the engine room of the EU's decision-making processes and experience how Europe's future is shaped.

There are many ways to visit the Council. Alone or as a group of under 20, you can explore the Council's visitor center and public areas on your own. Another option is to book one of the weekly tours of the Council's buildings.

As a larger group of 20 or more, you can request a tailored visit program with a council employee. All types of visits to the Council are completely free and only require you to register in advance.

If the trip goes to Brussels, a trip to the Council should definitely be high on the list of experiences. Here are five cool things you can't miss when you visit the Council.

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Take a guided tour

One of the most obvious and most exciting experiences in the Council is to book a trip on a guided tour. The tours are with an expert, last one hour and are free for everyone.

On the tour, you get the opportunity to experience the European Council and the Council of the EU from the inside, and you get to places that are normally closed to visitors. Therefore, the tour with an expert also takes place on Friday at 8 am to ensure that the visitors can see all the most important parts of the Europa building, which are otherwise closed to visitors for the rest of the day.

You must book a place on the tour in advance, as they are quite popular. Then you are sure to get a place.

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Book a tailored informational tour for groups

If you are a group of 20 or more, you can pre-book a tailored information tour with a council officer, which is also completely free.

On this information tour, an expert from the Council shares his knowledge about the institution and his experience of working in the EU.

On the private information tour, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate actively in exciting conversations with an expert. It is an interesting way to expand your knowledge of the EU and become even more knowledgeable about the European Council and the work of the EU Council.

The tailored information tour is available in all of the EU's 24 languages, and therefore also in Danish.

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Virtual experiences in the visitor centre

Discover the EU's history, decision-making processes and functions in the visitor centre's virtual multimedia presentations. With the help of videos and interactive displays, the visitor center offers an educational and fun experience.

For example, you can try virtual experiences in the interactive room and listen to multimedia presentations that make complex political processes understandable and interesting for visitors of all ages.

The visitor's center makes it generally accessible for both young and old to understand and experience the otherwise complicated work and function of the EU, the European Council and the EU Council through a series of engaging and informative activities.

One of the most fun and engaging activities at the Council's Visitor Center is the various interactive quizzes you can try. There are a lot of screens around the visitor center where you can test your knowledge of the EU in an entertaining way and get smarter at the same time.

The quizzes are both fun and educational, regardless of whether you see yourself as an EU expert or are just curious and want to learn more. You get around a lot and can quiz on everything from the EU's history and politics to current challenges and future goals, so you are almost guaranteed an educational experience.

The interactive quizzes are a brilliant way to learn more about the complex world of the EU, while competing against family and friends in EU knowledge and vying for the most points.

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Be part of the European Council and the EU Council for a day

When you visit the Council, you get right into the heart of the decision-making process in the EU. Here you can visit the rooms where the big decisions are made; decisions that affect the entire EU and your own everyday life.

In this way, you can experience the whir of history in the rooms where EU member states meet and take important decisions for the EU's future. And you can follow in the footsteps of the members of the EU Council when you move around all the exciting rooms and the long corridors.

You can take a selfie in the room where the leaders of the EU countries meet, so you really feel like part of the Council.

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See the Europa building from the inside

The Europa building is in itself one of Brussels' newer landmarks, and the modern and innovative building stands as a beacon for the EU in Belgium capital city. The building is one of the newest examples of modern and contemporary architecture in Brussels and without a doubt an impressive sight from the outside.

The new Europa building next door preserves the historic part of the old block A of the Résidence Palace, on which it builds on, and is a nice amalgamation of the modern and the historic. But the building is actually almost more impressive from the inside, where it hides several architectural gems.

The Council Visitor Center is located in the Justus Lipsius Building next door, but when you visit the Council Visitor Center you also get access to the public areas of the Europa Building such as the Forum, from where you can see the iconic lantern-shaped structure of the Europa Building.

When you visit the Council, for example, you will also see the large glass lantern, which is the new heart of the European Union. It is inside the lantern that the important summit meetings between the EU's leaders are held. The lantern is illuminated in the evening, when it is also an impressive sight from the outside.

The Council's Visitor Center is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 – 16:00 (10:00 – 13:00 in August) and you must book your visit at least seven working days in advance.

Really good trip to Brussels and the European Council and the Council of the EU!


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