Council of Europe

The European Union, founded in 1949, has its headquarters in a majestic building at the north-eastern edge of Strasbourg. The Palace of Europe (Palais de l'Europe) was created by Henry Bernard in the 70s. The combination of 40 metres high sloping walls made of glass and aluminium with red sandstone from the Vosges is very impressive. In the oriel at the right side of the entrance, the conference hall of the foreign ministers of the Council of Europe is located. About 1300 officials and politicians work here, e.g. in the following fields:

  • cultural and social politics
  • protection of Human Rights
  • development of European conventions

The parliamentary assembly meets during four weeks per year (in January, April, June and September). The Council of Europe does not have at lot of influence on daily politics, but is responsible for long-term decisions.

Council of Europe
Phone: +33 (0)3 88 41 20 33
Inscription for visits as a single person: +33 (0)3 90 21 49 40
Insciption for visits as a group: +33 (0)3 88 41 20 29

Lectures about the Council of Europe for groups are possible in English, German and French.

Monday to Friday: 9am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 5pm

Palais de l'Europe, Avenue de l'Europe, Strasbourg

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