Tips: Europa for schools

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 Cinquantenaire museum or the exceptional Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage that the European quarter has to offer! Here are 10 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. From €95. More info.

  • Explore the (new!) 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. More info.

  • 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. More info.

  • 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. More info.

  • Dive into 3,000 years of history in Cinquantenaire 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. Cinquantenaire museum offers special tours for school groups, online educational materials and even teachers’ days.

  • Discover military history with a view: the educational service of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military istorylets 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. 

  • Visit an EU official: all the European institutions organise tailored visits for schools, where an EU official or a Member of the European Parliament personally explains the how and why of the EU to the pupils and provides specific and free educational material. More info.

  • Experience the European Parliament: the heart of European democracy has an enormous offer for schools. The best place to start is in the futuristic Station Europe – a first point of reference - or the Atrium 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 an 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. More info.

  • Pop into Info-point Europe: here school groups can get their hands on brochures and educational materials that give them all the relevant information they need about the European Union (tip: ask for your copy of the free map of the European Union that you can hang up in your classroom!) and receive a tailored welcome and presentation that suits them.

  • 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, Cinquantenaire park, but also the Berlaymont or the brand new Europa building. Leopold park and Square Ambiorix – Ambiorixsquare are dotted with examples of different styles and eras.