Sleep Well Youth Hostel
Only 10 minutes’ walk from the historic Grand Place, this is a quality, centrally-located, accommodation centre is very modern and offers good facilities for groups as it is very experienced in working with schools. It offers multi bedded rooms and twins can be provided for staff.
The European Parliament, together with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission exercises the legislative function of the EU.
Informative visits of the parliament are organised for groups that last around an hour that include a general introduction by an EP official to the role and work of the European Parliament. On occasion, this could be followed by a discussion with an MEP if parliamentary business allows. When the European Parliament is in session, groups may be able to observe MEPs' debates 'live' from the visitors' gallery.
Role Playing Games
Step into the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament. At the Parlamentarium, take a fast-track course on how Europe's democratically elected body works. You will need to negotiate with fellow pupils to build the future you want for Europe. In imaginary political groups, you will discuss issues such as water solidarity and micro-chipping and will need to find a compromise in order to legislate.
Parlamentarium: The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
Dynamic, interactive multimedia displays guide our visitors through the journey of European integration and the impact this has on our everyday lives.
We take a virtual trip through Europe, finding out along the way what contribution the European Union has made to each of the Member States. We also hear accounts by fellow Europeans of what the Union means to them.
There are 3 levels of visit here. We recommend the ‘Specific Information Visit’. This comprises of an introduction on the role of the European Commission within the EU followed by a presentation on a specific EU policy of direct interest to the group.
Museum of National Bank of Belgium
With the theme of “money” as its central feature, this museum offers a range of interactive and educational displays.
You can find out all about the history of different means of payment, the role and significance of money in the economy, the tasks and activities of the National Bank within the European framework, the features of Euro banknotes, and, finally, money as a cultural phenomenon.
Concept Chocolate visit and Workshop
Concept Chocolate offers an opportunity to learn all about the art of chocolate making. Time-honoured production, natural products, 100% cocoa butter and respect for the great tradition of Belgian chocolate are the qualities that have made Concept Chocolate the specialist in personalised chocolate and packaging. All the steps in the manual production of chocolates are performed in front of your eyes and of course, the crucial moment of tasting is not forgotten.
Coca-Cola European Visitors Centre
Antwerp hosts Coca Cola’s European Visitors Centre. Visitors to the centre will find out more about Coca Cola, what it does and what the company stands for. Each visit lasts approximately 2 hours and is split into 2 parts. During the first part visitors learn about the history of Coca-Cola and the range of products the company sells. In the second part visitors are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the production and distribution plant, and visit the high-tech high-bay warehouse.
Auction of BelOrta
The Auction of BelOrta is a hive of activity. The staff sometimes handle up to 3,000 tons of vegetables per sale day. Europe’s largest co-operative auction association is therefore worth a visit. On this 2 hour visit, an experienced company guide will tell you more about the history of the world of auctions, and more specifically about the Auction of BelOrta. You will learn how the auction system works and you will be guided along the route that the vegetables travel from the market gardener to your local supermarket. You will personally also witness the sales activities with the auction clocks.
Port of Antwerp Cruise
The port of Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe and is the maritime gateway for import and export in Belgium. A visit here enables students to learn about the port’s infrastructure and the economic importance it has within its home country and beyond.
The Stella Artois Brewery
During your visit to the brewery, students discover all the secrets of the brewing process. You will visit the brewing hall, the filtration and the filling plant, where you can witness how bottles, cans and kegs are filled at an enormous speed. After the visit, for visitors under legal drinking age, soft drinks are available.
Brussels Airport Tours
Every year Brussels Airport draws about 20,000 visitors who get to see far more than just a few aeroplanes. Accompanied by a professional airport guide visitors are acquainted with the various aspects of life at the airport.
Originally built for the 1958 World Fair and restored in 2006, the Atonium is 102 metres tall, and has become one of the icons of the city of Brussels. Thanks to its location on a naturally elevated plateau on the outskirts of town, the Atomium offers the only true 360° panoramic view of the 19 municipalities of Brussels.
The central Grand Place is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with architecture from 3 different eras (Baroque, Gothic and Louis XIV) making their marks on the square. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is always a popular location for tourists to gather.
Always a popular evening activity, there are a couple of suitable bowing venues in central Brussels where groups can spend the evening,
Shopping Arcades (Malls)
Brussels has one of the oldest shopping arcades in the world and a variety of others. Unlike ordinary shopping malls, galeries or arcades offer high quality brands and luxury items. They are normally set inside old buildings, great for escaping the rain and shine to shop at leisure.
Luxury brands and boutique shops can be found on Brussels' two renowned shopping streets – Boulevard de Waterloo and Rue Antoine Dansaert. The ‘regular’ shopping street is called Rue Neuve, a pedestrian only street with a large selection of shops and a large shopping mall called City2.
To all local Brussels people, Brussels markets are the place to be any day of the week. There are hundreds of open markets operating throughout the week in small squares all over the city. Usually serving up fresh vegetables, handmade cheese, freshly chopped meat and knick-knacks for the home. On the Sundays the biggest markets are open for eager shoppers with small trolleys.