Thousands Visit Germany and France at the 2015 EU Open House

Over 9,600 people visited the German Embassy during the 2015 EU Open House on May 9, making this year's event the largest to date. The event was hosted in collaboration with the French Embassy. Visitors toured the grounds - including the Ambassador's Residence - while also playing games for prizes, sampling German and French cuisine and snapping colorful photos at the selfie station.

EU Open House Enlarge image (© Germany.info / Zacarias Garcia) Walking through the Residence Garden gave visitors an impression of Europe without leaving Washington: the East German traffic figures, Ampelmännchen, guided the way to the various stations. Replicas of the Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm) and the Berlin Wall, an old Trabant and a Citroen were on display throughout the garden, while various stands provided information and giveaways related to Germany and France.

Visitors posed for photos at the selfie station, standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and the Neuschwanstein Castle with employees of the German Embassy, who wore the traditional Bavarian Lederhosen and Dirndl. German Ambassador Peter Wittig greeted the crowds, taking selfies with guests and welcoming them to the Residence.

group photo Enlarge image From left: Lauren Rogers, Ambassador Peter Wittig, Stefan Messerer (© Germany.info / Zacarias Garcia) For those who wanted a break, the French cafe and the German beergarden gave visitors a chance to sit down, soak in the sunlight and enjoy European cuisine in the heart of Washington, D.C. Haribo and Ritter Sport also supplied guests with chocolate and gummy bears from Germany.

Since 2007, the German Embassy has opened its doors to the public during the annual EU Open House event, allowing thousands of people to get a glimpse of Germany and the work of the Embassy. All EU embassies participate in the annual event, hosting thousands of visitors and sharing their country's culture.

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After three years of celebrating the EU Open House at the French Embassy, the German Embassy renovations are finally complete. Ambassador Wittig therefore invited the French Embassy to celebrate with Germany!