Tips: the European quarter for schools

11 March 2022
class trip: guided tour in leopold park

Looking for a fascinating and educational excursion for your pupils? The European quarter in Brussels is a pedagogical goldmine for teachers of both primary and secondary education.

A field trip is easy to organise with so many subjects and themes from the curriculum readily available and with activities all within walking distance of each other. Why not role play in the Parlamentarium, or visit the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences? Marvel at the Roman mosaics of the Art & History Museum or the exceptional Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage that the European quarter has to offer! Here are nine suggestions for a successful school field trip!


Book a tour in the European quarter

A favourite with school groups is discovering the European quarter with a professional guide. They know all about the most important landmarks, how the European institutions work and the neighbourhood’s stunning heritage. This way pupils get a fantastic overview of what there is to see and do in the European quarter.

pupils climb stairs at the Lex building

Explore the House of European History

A definite must for school groups. With a separate pedagogical service and an offer tailored to schools, this brand-new museum urges its young visitors to debate, think and ask questions about Europe’s past and future. Moreover, it is housed in the Art Deco gem that is the Eastman building. 

Front view of the House of European History in Leopold Park

Get behind the wheel at Autoworld

Primary school kids and indeed secondary school pupils aiming to be auto mechanics can star in wonder at the countless automotive gems. Tip: book a tailored tour or let your children loose on the interactive screens that were developed especially for them.

Boy wondering in Autoworld

Marvel at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences with its iguanodons

The European quarter isn’t just about the EU. Aside from its permanent exhibitions, this internationally-renowned museum has an impressive pedagogical offer to suit all levels and types that includes the Gallery of Humankind, the Gallery of Evolution and the Dinosaur Gallery, not to mention a constantly evolving range of temporary exhibitions. 

Permanent Exhibition of the Natural Sciences Musuem: Living Planet

Dive into 3,000 years of history in the Art & History Museum

The biggest museum in Belgium also has an offer to delights teachers. Look no further than the National Archaeology, Antiquity or European Decorative Art departments. It also provides cross-curricular possibilities and projects. The Art & History Museum offers special tours for school groups, online educational materials and even teachers’ days.

A boy and a girl looking at an ancient figure in the Art & History Museum

Discover military history with a view

The educational service of the Royal Military Museum lets you discover this gigantic museum thanks to guided tours in four languages, educational materials, activities and workshops. Tips: take a trip to the top of the triumphal arch and enjoy the breath-taking view of Brussels and the European quarter. 

Fighter jet in the Royal Military Museum

Experience the European Parliament

The heart of European democracy has an enormous offer for schools. The best place to start is in the Zweig welcome centre. Then you move on to the Parlamentarium that has a specific programme for schools, including a role playing game for secondary school pupils and a host of other interactive installations. A visit of the European Parliament’s hemicycle is a must, especially in the company of a Member of the European Parliament who can tell you what European democracy is all about.

The European Parliament Hemicycle with empty seats

Visit the (new!) Experience Europe exhibition centre

Here pupils can learn about the functioning of the European Commission and the values of the European Union in a playful and interactive environment. Travel to the places where the Commission is active and meet the President in one of the virtual environments. Free of charge. 

Pupils interact with Ursula von der Leyen

Take a stroll to visit Brussels’ architectural heritage

The European quarter is bursting with gems of historical and contemporary architecture. Look no further than the Cauchie house, the Saint-Cyr house — two fine examples of Art Nouveau — the Berlaymont or the brand new Europa building. Leopold park and Square Ambiorix are also dotted with examples of different styles and eras.

Cauchie house street view