Would you like to follow a debate in the Council of States or the National Council? When Parliament is in session you can follow debates and votes in either chamber – all you need is a valid form of identification which you leave with security.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, visits are not possible during the Special Session 2021.
In view of the rules on hygiene and social distancing issued by the FOPH, visits by groups will not be possible during the special session of Parliament.
30 spaces are available in the public gallery for individual visitors. These must be reserved in advance:
Friday, 30 October 20
Visitors must wear masks when Parliament is in session.
There are 25 spaces available which
cannot be reserved in advance. You will need to present yourself at the visitors’ entrance on the Bundesterrasse. You will be allowed to take a seat half an hour before the sitting is due to begin. You can also go up to the gallery during the sitting as long as there is still space available. You may have to be prepared to wait for some time during busy periods. If that is the case, the amount of time you are allowed to stay in the gallery may be limited to one hour.
It is not possible to access the gallery during Federal Council elections.
10 – 40 people should book at least 8 months in advance. On the day of the visit all members of the group are required to leave an official identity document with security. In order to pass through security and be seated in the gallery in good time, we would ask groups to gather at the vistors’ entrance (Bundesterrasse) 30 mins before the scheduled start time.
Please note that Council sittings can sometimes end earlier than expected. In such cases it is not possible to take up seats reserved in the gallery.
Q&A session and visit to the domed hall
As well as watching a debate from the gallery, groups also have the possibility of holding a Q&A session with a member of Parliament (30 mins). The group organiser shoud contact their chosen member of Parliament in advance and complete their online reservation by adding the name of the contacted member as soon as he has agreed, at the latest three weeks before the visit.
On request groups can also register for an information session (30 mins) in the domed hall where one of the guides of the Visitors’ Service will be able to tell you about the workings of Parliament, the history and symbolism of the building and answer any questions.
It is not possible to book a Q&A or information session without visiting the gallery.
From now on, you can make your
free group bookings
online using the
link below. As well as booking places in the gallery, group vistors can also register for an eventual Q&A session with a member of Parliament and/or an information session in the domed hall. Once the booking is completed, you will get a confirmation mail with all the necessary information.
Link to the booking page
Please use the following address for any further information:
Council of States
The precise times of the sittings are published in the session programme two weeks before the session begins.