Brussels: The capital of Belgium

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Combine a politics tour to Belgium’s capital and main base for the European Parliament with medieval Bruges.


Brussels: The capital of Belgium, home to European Parliament and medieval Bruges

A visit to the European Parliament and European Commission (EC) has to be arranged directly by the school, either through the Visitor’s Service (contact details are provided by us) or through the school’s local MEP.

A visit to Mini-Europe is highly recommended to help students understand how the EC functions. Here you can have a guided tour of all the main sites in miniature, including both current member countries and the newcomers. There is also a very active educational department providing excellent resources and an interactive exhibition called the ‘Spirit of Europe’. Mini-Europe is part of Bruparck, to the north of Brussels – other activities in this area include Atomium and the Brussels Planetarium.

Big Ben - Mini Europe
Mini Europe

It is possible to add an extra night in beautiful Bruges, approximately one hour’s drive from Brussels. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’, this is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and justifiably awarded a place on the World Heritage list by UNESCO in 2000. Wander along the winding cobbled streets, picturesque market squares and romantic canals, or visit one of the many museums to learn about its medieval history.

Mini Europe is Bruparck’s main attraction, with over 300 miniature models and sites and the only place you can have a whistle-stop tour of Europe in just a couple of hours! All the buildings have been recreated down to the smallest detail – Big Ben is four metres high and the Eiffel tower 13 metres. The gondolas in front of the Doge’s Palace welcome you to Venice and you can follow the TGV from Paris through France. Many of the beautifully crafted models are interactive, such as the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, bullfighting in Seville and many more, There is also an interactive course on the history of the EU called ‘Spirit of Europe’.


Built in 1958 for the World Fair in Brussels as a glimpse of the future, the structure looks a little like a K’Nex model with a series of ‘balls’ connected by tubes. Inside, a lift takes you to the top sphere, which affords wonderful panoramic views of Brussels. On the way down (by escalator) there are a number of exhibitions documenting how the dome was constructed.


Planetarium de Bruxelles, also known as the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, is one of the largest in Europe and can accommodate up to 350 spectators. The main attraction is the dome’s screen, where the sky is identically reproduced through a special projector, built by the Carl Zeiss company. It consists of 119 cells that can project the sun, moon, planets, the Milky Way and more than 8,500 stars.

Euro Space Centre

Situated in the Belgian Ardennes, approximately one-and-a-half-hours from Brussels, this exciting venue arranges workshops, training on simulators, astronaut camps and spectacular exhibitions. Students have hands-on experience of, among other things, building and launching a micro-rocket, integration of a satellite, a multi-access rotating chair, a moonwalk chair and a space mission simulation. We can either arrange a one-day visit for groups based in Brussels or full board accommodation at the Space Centre.


Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500