Politics Trips to Brussels

Brussels along with Strasbourg are Europe in a nutshell, multicultural and multilingual.  Brussels is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, as well as one of Europe's most important political hubs being home to The European commission, NATO and The European Parliament's Visitors Centre.

 

Curriculum Topics Key Stage 5

  • Politics of the European Union
  • International Politics
  • EU Political Issues and Institutions

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Reasons to Visit

Council of the European Union

The Council of the European Union, usually known as the Council of Ministers has no equivalent anywhere in the world. Here, the Member States legislate for the Union, set its political objectives, coordinate their national policies and resolve differences between themselves and other institutions. Visits must be booked directly by the school.

European Commission

The European Commission is made up of twenty seven members and is at the heart of the European Union’s policy making process. The commissions role is to ensure EU law is properly applied by individuals, national authorities and other EU institutions. Visits to the European Commission must be booked directly, please contact us for contact details.

Parlamentarium

Experience the European Parliament as never before at the European Parliament's Visitors Centre, Parlamentarium. Dynamic, interactive multimedia displays guide visitors through the journey of European integration and the impact this has on our everyday lives.

Europarl

Taking place at the Parlamentarium, students can step into the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament and take a fast-track course on how Europe's democratically elected body works. Students will need to negotiate and compromise to build the future they want for Europe during these simulated sessions. This activity is aimed at secondary school pupils.

Waterloo Battlefield & Wellington Museum

Visit the site where Napoleon lost the battle against the allied troops commanded by Wellington and the Prussian Marshal Blucher in 1815. The museum is situated in the former stagecoach station where the Duke of Wellington stayed. You can still visit the Duke’s bedroom and the office where he wrote his victory report.

In Flanders Field Museum

The In Flanders Field Museum is an interactive museum which takes students through the events of the First World War. Students are given tickets which enable them, to follow the history of a soldier, civilian or nurse in the Salient to really illustrate the human experience of the war. Excellent educational resources/worksheets are available.

Blegny Coal Mine

The Blegny mine is a heritage of Belgium’s industrial past. An astonishing and educational experience discovering a strange and fascinating world.

Euro Space Centre (South Belgium)

Live the life of an astronaut! Learn everything about space and its conquest. Space and its immensity become alive and clear thanks to the magic of technology, light, colours, sounds, images and a special effects.

Atomium

The Atomium is an impressive 102 metre structure of the nine atoms of a molecule in steel and aluminium. It was built for the 1958 Expo and was not intended to survive it, but its popularity and success ensured its place as a major landmark on the Brussels skyline. The spheres can be visited and contain scientific exhibits. There is also a restaurant and viewpoint in the top sphere.

Mini Europe (Brussels)

This six acre park is situated at the foot of the Atomium monument and has mini statues of all major European monuments including the Brandenburg Gate, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower. They are exact models on a scale of 1:25.

Sea Life Centre

Explore the North Sea’s underwater world at Belgium’s largest aquarium.

Walibi & Aqualibi

Over fifty attractions and shows including roller coasters, rides and family entertainment, as well as a large waterpark.

 

The PASS Museum

The exhibitions and events combine an educational approach with fun experiments to arouse students' curiosity, stimulate questions and encourage them to learn more and develop their critical faculties. The themes covered vary widely: from the human body to genetics, from television to programming a robot... the aim is to see daily life from another perspective, through the prism of a scientific, technical and humanist culture.

Canals of Bruges

Because of its canals Bruges is often called 'The Venice of the North'. The water situation in both cities was, however, very different. Venice was founded on islands in a lagoon of the Adriatic sea. Bruges lies deeper inland; at least now, because in the five centuries B.C the Flemish coastline must have been flooded several times by the North Sea. When the waters retreated they left behind different sea-arms via which ships could reach the area where now Bruges is situated.

Grand Place

One of the most beautiful squares in the world, the Grand Place is Brussel's most treasured centrepiece. In 1998, it was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an outstanding blend of architectural and artistic styles. The square is surrounded by Brussels’ Town Hall, nearly forty guildhalls and other beautiful buildings from the 14th to 17th century. The 110 by 68 metre Grand Place is also home of the Flower Carpet, a bi-annual event featuring the creation of a colorful carpet design using more than 700,000 cut flowers.


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