Visit Germany and France in One Stop at the Annual EU Open House

May 13, 2017 at 10:00 am | Washington, DC

(c) Chad Fleschner / German Embassy, Washington Enlarge image (© Chad Fleschner / German Embassy, Washington) The embassies of the 28 member stated of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union in Washington are once again opening their doors to area residents and visitors for a day of fun during the annual EU Open House.

Hop from the Seine to the Rhine, across the Alps to the Pyrenees, up the Danube, over the Carpathians, from the Mediterranean to the Baltick, all without leaving the District of Columbia.

This year Germany and France will once again present themselves together at the German Embassy in Wahsington, where both the Embassy grounds and the Ambassador's Residence will be open to the public. Visitors can discover the food, culture, and diplomatic life of these two nations at the heart of Europe in just a single stop at 4645 Reservoir Road, NW, on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Family Fun

You’ll be entertained by German and French music as you sample the culinary specialties and signature beverages of both countries in the German Biergarten and French Café. Watch a slackline performance and test your own balancing skills. How much energy do you produce by riding a bike? Kid-friendly activities include face painting, balloon animals, coloring, and much more.

Learn and Win

Learn more about two of Europe’s biggest economies and their many ties to the US – ranging from honey bees to geothermal systems. Play games to test your language skills, take fun quizzes, puzzle your way to prizes as you learn. Special prizes again for soccer fans of all ages! Plus, Ritter Sport, Haribo, Bahlsen and Gerolsteiner will be sponsoring the event, so make sure to grab some tasty German treats!

New in 2017: Visit the Transatlantic Science & Exchange Advisor stand to learn about the many diverse and extraordinary opportunities to attend school, study, intern, and conduct scientific research in Germany and France! From fully-funded high school exchange programs, to exciting scientific research opportunities, study abroad, dual vocational education, political internships, teacher programs, and much more, the options are vast! Representatives from numerous exchange organizations will be on hand to help you find the program right for you, and your children!

Say Cheese

Take pictures at the selfie stations where you can pose in front of your favorite German and French landmarks. Your friends will be surprised to see you in front of the Eiffel Tower and Neuschwanstein in a single day! Remember to tag us in all your photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (our handle is @GermanyinUSA!) We will repost our favorites!

Take part in the EU Scavenger hunt!

Take pictures near iconic German or French items during the Open House for your chance to win a prize!

For details on how to participate, visit the EU Open House's Scavenger Hunt page in early May.

We look forward to seeing you at the German Embassy on May 13th!

Parking: Street parking is limited and we recommend that visitors use the free EU Open House shuttle buses organized by the EU Delegation.

Accessibility: The Ambassador's Residence is handicapped accessible, but due to steep stairs, the main Embassy grounds are not. There is a separate entrance for wheelchairs and strollers on Reservoir Road.

Cash and credit cards are accepted for food and drink purchases at EU Open House. We accept VISA, Mastercard and Discover, but not American Express.

No pets, please. Service animals an exception.

Smoking is prohibited on Embassy grounds.

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EU Open House 2017

Selfie Station

Want to know what's awaiting you from Germany and France at the 2017 EU Open House? Check out our program for the day and the map of the grounds to help plan your visit!

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Join the European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation for our seventh annual EU Open House: a day of family fun, food, culture and more. Experience the best of Europe without the jet lag!