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

May 10, 2014 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 seventh 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 France and Germany will present themselves together at the Embassy of France. Visitors can discover the food, culture and diplomatic life of these two nations at the heart of Europe in just a single stop at the Embassy of France on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

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 French and German music as you enjoy the many offerings. Facepainters, balloon twisting and other activities will entertain the entire family.

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

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

Play a trivia game to test your knowledge of German culture, enter a raffle to win great prizes!

Visit the booth of the Cultural Affairs Department to take a fun quiz on German music, film, and art, and win a prize. 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 get their picture taken in front of two world-renowned monuments that represent the best of both our countries!

Take part in the EU Selfie competition!

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

We look forward to seeing you at the French Embassy on May 10th!

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Plan Your Visit

German Embassy at the Embassy of France

4101 Reservoir Road, NW 

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014

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

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Reserve your prix-fixe lunch tickets

Feast upon a three-course prix-fixe lunch featuring French and German dishes. Lunch will be served in the Embassy of France's cafeteria. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Use the link below to view the menu and make your reservations.

Buy Prix-Fixe Lunch Tickets

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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!

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