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

May 9, 2015 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 states 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 family fun during the ninth 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 Baltic, all without leaving the District.

This year Germany and France will present themselves together at the German Embassy in Washington, where both 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 on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Savor specialties, listen to music and get your face painted!

Enjoy some of the best food and drink from each country off a carefully selected Franco-German menu or from the food stations. Listen to German and French music as you enjoy the many offerings. Facepainters, balloon twisting and other activities will entertain the entire family.

Plus, Ritter Sport and Haribo will be sponsoring the event, so make sure to grab some tasty German treats!

Pick up some fun stuff, find out more about Germany and France!

Visit the German Information Center USA booth to pick up some fun stuff for kids, including coloring books and "magic" pencils. Find out more about both countries via free publications, maps and more.

Play a game to test your German and French language skills and enter a raffle to win great prizes!

Visit booths to learn more about German economics, military and language. Enter our raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes from local businesses and organizations with a connection to German culture.

Check out the photo booth!

The Press Departments of both embassies invite our guests to take their pictures at the selfie stations in front of their favorite German and French attractions that represent the best of both our countries!

Take part in the EU Selfie competition!

Take a picture near an iconic German or French item during the Open House and you could win a prize! Just be sure to post your picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #EUMiniTrip!

We look forward to seeing you at the German Embassy on May 9th!

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 handicapped entrance on Reservoir Road.

EU Member Flags, (c) picture-alliance/dpa-Fotoreport

Plan Your Visit

German Embassy

4645 Reservoir Road, NW 

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information, including a map of free shuttle bus routes and an overview of the other EU embassies, visit:

EU Open House Website

EU Open House 2015

EU Open House

EU Open House

Shortcut to Europe © European Union

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!

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Here is just a sampling of the German entertainment and organizations at this year's EU Open House.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

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