As a large research facility European XFEL provides a window into some of the most cutting-edge science in the world—and we are happy to share the joy and wonder of discovery. Occasionally, special events that are open to the public will be announced on the facility homepage.


We welcome student groups to visit European XFEL. Most of the student groups that come to the facility are at least at bachelor level, but pre-tertiary students with some knowledge of physics are welcome.


We invite teachers to contact us if they are interested in collaborating. Facilities for doing hands-on lessons at European XFEL are in the early planning stages. Currently we organise tours for secondary school students. Safety regulations require that all visitors are over 14 years of age. We also encourage teachers interested in European XFEL to subscribe to Science in School, a journal for science teachers published by EIROforum, of which European XFEL is a member.

General public

European XFEL occasionally holds open days where the general public can visit the experiment hall and other parts of the facility. Keep an eye on our Events page for further announcements!

Campus Restaurant BeamStop

Our campus restaurant, BeamStop, is open for the general public to enjoy. Lunch is served on workdays 11:30–14:00, and a coffee bar is open 7:00–15:00. Check the BeamStop webpage for the latest information.

European XFEL souvenirs

A collection comprising sweatshirts, T-shirts for adults and kids, coffee mugs, umbrellas,  lunchboxes, our very own campus-produced honey and other items is available for purchase at  our campus restaurant BeamStop on weekdays from 7:00 to 11:30 and from 14:00 to 15:00.

Tours at European XFEL

European XFEL offers tours for researchers, university students and senior high-school students. Public tours are offered during open days or special events announced on our website.

Bookings: Tours can be booked on weekdays from 09:30 to 18:00. Please send a booking request with 2-3 preferred times to

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes including a 30 minute presentation and tour of the Experiment Hall.

Cost: Free

Minimum age: For safety reasons visitors must be at least 14 years old.

Group size: Most groups are 10-20 people. Larger groups will be split into smaller tour groups on site.

Meeting point: At the reception of the main building on our campus at Holzkoppel 4, 22869 Schenefeld. Instructions on the route are on the contact page

Clothing and bags: Please wear closed flat shoes for your visit to the experimental hall. Large bags and backpacks cannot be taken into the experimental hall. 

Food, drinks and souvenirs are available at our company restaurant BeamStop. If your group wishes to eat lunch at BeamStop, please contact before your visit.

Photography for non-commercial purposes is allowed.

Caroline Oxley

Caroline Oxley

Visits, events, coordinator of the Visitor Centre

European XFEL
Holzkoppel 4
22869 Schenefeld