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Open House & Open Streets: Celebrate Belgium on July 21st!

Belgium National Day Open house

Get ready to experience the heart of Belgian democracy and immerse yourself in the festive spirit of National Day of Belgium! On July 21st, the Federal Parliament throws open its doors to the public, offering a unique opportunity to explore the Palais de la Nation and learn about the country’s political landscape.

More Than Just a Tour: A National Celebration

This isn’t your average museum visit. National Day in Belgium is a joyous occasion, filled with parades, music, and a vibrant atmosphere. As you make your way to the Parliament building, you might even catch a glimpse of the spectacular défilé, a military parade showcasing the country’s armed forces.

Exploring the Halls of Power

Once inside the Palais de la Nation, embark on a self-guided tour at your own pace. Informative brochures will guide you through the history and workings of the Federal Parliament, from the Chamber of Representatives to the Senate. Admire the stunning architecture, including the peristyle with its imposing Doric columns.

A Journey Through History and Art

Your exploration will take you past committee rooms, the grand halls where crucial decisions are made, and conference spaces where important discussions take place. Don’t miss the chance to see the flamboyant hemicycle of the Senate, a truly awe-inspiring space. Keep an eye out for the beautiful artwork adorning the walls, adding a touch of cultural richness to the experience.

Engaging with Parliament Staff

Friendly staff members from both the Chamber and Senate will be readily available to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to engage them in conversation and gain a deeper understanding of Belgian politics.

Plan Your Visit

Date: July 21st

Location: Palais de la Nation, Rue de la Loi – Place de la Nation (opposite Brussels Park)

Entrance: Free

Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Website: https://www.belgium.be/en/about_belgium/government/federal_authorities/federal_parliament

Tips:

  • Arrive early, especially if you want to catch a good spot for the parade.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture the architectural wonders and festive atmosphere.
  • Embrace the spirit of National Day – wear something festive or the national colors (red, yellow, and black)!

Also, don’t forget to bring an umbrella because you never know when the “drache nationale” (national heavy rain) might struck!

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Belgian democracy, witness the national celebration, and explore a magnificent historical building. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to step inside the heart of politics on National Day in Belgium!