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Briefly, the European Union

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 25 reviews.Brussel, Belgium

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Experience hosted by Elif

90 mins
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The tour is composed of 8 stops within the EU’s “triangle of power”, marked by the imposing buildings of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament. We will literally walk through the European political landscape. I also add some of my personal anecdotes and you will learn a few “secrets” and inside stories :)

We will walk through the European quarter to the Schuman roundabout. There, we will see some of the most imposing buildings of the European institutions, including the modernist Europa building, the star-shaped Berlaymont and the bunker-like Justus Lipsius. Later, you will also see the towering Paul-Henri Spaak building and the European Parliament hemicycle. At each stop, you will learn what happens behind these buildings’ walls, differences and the central role they play in European politics. Along the way, we will pass by some museums that you can visit if you want to continue your EU journey after the tour, such as the House of European History and Parlamentarium.

We will also look at the lifestyle of the “eurocrats” working there. And how their work impacts all Europeans.This is an interactive storytelling tour, and I encourage guests to share the experiences they had with the EU institutions.

Note that we'll not enter any EU building: access constraints (badge, wait, advance notice, etc) would distract us from the general story.
The tour is composed of 8 stops within the EU’s “triangle of power”, marked by the imposing buildings of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament. We will literally walk through the European political landscape. I also add some of my personal anecdotes and you will learn a few “secrets” and inside stories :)

We will walk through the European quarter to the Schuman roundabout. There, we will see some of…

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Meet your host, Elif

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Hi! I tell stories through art and politics; I have a background in both: I make documentaries and I’m a political scientist specialized on European Affairs. Brussels has been my home for 12 years. I worked most of it for institutions in the EU quarter. I’ve guided ministers and other VIPs around the neighbourhood, but prefer to show it to real people. I always try to find unique ways of putting pieces together. You can also check-out my extended version of the tour “from Colonial to EU Power”. It is fun helping visitors peek behind the scenes ;) Let's discover the EU together in 1,5h.
Hi! I tell stories through art and politics; I have a background in both: I make documentaries and I’m a political scientist specialized on European Affairs. Brussels has been my home for 12 years. I worked most of it for institutions in the EU quarter. I’ve guided ministers and other VIPs around the neighbourhood, but prefer to show it to real people. I always try to find unique ways of putting pieces together. You can also check-out my extended version of the tour “from Colonial to EU Power”.…
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Where you'll be

We will make a rough circle starting from Schuman area, to the EU Parliament and Luxembourg square. We will safely stay away from the very touristic Manneken Pis :-)

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 25 reviews.

Søren
March 2020
If you want info about EU this is the tour. The guide, Elif, has an impressive knowledge about the subject and is almost unstoppable 😀 Highly recommendable.
Zhenghao
February 2020
Elif is super friendly and articulate. Her deep interest in politics and past experience working briefly in EU make her very knowledgeable. She also explained it super easy to understand and she also added her own anecdotes which made it fun. Highly recommend.
Elif is super friendly and articulate. Her deep interest in politics and past experience working briefly in EU make her very knowledgeable. She also explained it super easy to unde…
Wai Chak
February 2020
Elif has rich personal experiences in the EU that allows her to share many intriguing stories! She is very well-prepared with photos to show even when the building is not open to public. Would definitely love to hear more “secrets” from her!
Elif has rich personal experiences in the EU that allows her to share many intriguing stories! She is very well-prepared with photos to show even when the building is not open to p…
Andrew
February 2020
Elif's tour was amazing! Thorough and detailed with interesting anecdotes throughout. Perfect for both political nerds and those with little knowledge of the EU. Highly recommend.
Matthew
February 2020
Elite was an exceptional guide. She had great insights and knowledge, and lots of personal anecdotes that related the EU's bodies to the lived experiences of ordinary people. Definitely recommend!
Aliz
February 2020
Elif is the loveliest person you can imagine, and she's really knowledgeable, interested and involved. The tour was very interesting (even in the freezing cold), not a dry textbook lecture but full of anecdotes and personal insight. Fully recommended!
Elif is the loveliest person you can imagine, and she's really knowledgeable, interested and involved. The tour was very interesting (even in the freezing cold), not a dry textbook…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

The tour will take roughly 1,5h. Please try to be on time, otherwise you need to catch up the tour in schuman square. Mainly the course is flat, however there are a bit of stairs.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes

Umbrella (depending on Belgian weather)