The European Quarter of Strasbourg houses several European Union (EU) institutions, making it a key political center for the continent. Learn about the European councils, foundations and institutions that are based here. Discover a range of artistic and historical attractions, including a portion of the iconic Berlin Wall.
Many large buildings, some of which belong to the EU and the Council of Europe, are located in this district. Take guided visits of the main institutions to find out more about their roles and what happens within them.
Admire the glossy, glass exterior of the European Parliament. This is where European representatives gather to vote and debate for 4 days every month. Visitors are allowed to sit in on these sessions, though they are popular, so book your place well in advance.
Marvel at the gigantic Palace of Europe, an imposing building that houses the Council of Europe. Examine the Stone of the Victims of Hunger monument in front of the main stairway. This slab of white marble is dedicated to those who face suffering and misery.
Climb the stairs to reach the Memorial of Auschwitz, a stone symbol memorializing the Holocaust. Other sculptures and works of art on the grounds include a bronze sculpture named Interpenetration, which plays on themes of expansion and contraction, and the Rights of Man, which depicts a circle of human figures.
Other key institutions in this district include the European Court of Human Rights, which has ruled on some of the most important legal cases in the continent’s history. Look for a piece of the old Berlin Wall on the lawn beside the Palace of the Rights of Man. This part of the wall has the word “freiheit" (freedom) inscribed on it.
The European Quarter is in the northwest of Strasbourg. Some of the buildings offer guided tours for free; check ahead online to reserve a place. To reach the European Quarter, ride a tram to the Parlement Européen station.