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EU Open House

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Two countries, one venue, zero jet-lag! Discover the best of France and Germany in one place at this year’s EU Open House. Enjoy food, music, culture, and more in a family-friendly environment.

Join us on May 14, 2022, for this year's EU Open House!

Germany and France showcase their friendship and highlight the best of both countries at


For the health and safety of our guests, masks are required for indoor exhibition spaces.

their shared Open House. This year, the German Embassy in Washington, DC, will host this popular annual event, where visitors can discover the food, culture, language and diplomatic life of two major European nations

Download our visitor map and program to see all that awaits you!

For general information about the day and other EU embassies, please visit the main EU Open House Website, hosted by the Delegation of the European Union.


French-German Choir

10:30 am

Galli Theater NY (live theater for families)

11:00 am Litte Red Riding Hood

12:00 pm The Star Talers

2:30 pm Snow White

Reservoir Frogs (band of the French Embassy)

1:30 pm and 3:15 pm

Organ Grinder Lola performs on the Terrace throughout the day


Welcome Center: Get a map of the facilities, collect a stamp!

French Culture: Discover innovative French VR experiences The Eiffel Tower, an invitation to discover the hidden side of the exceptional Parisian monument, Planet, when climate change leads to a world in ruins, and Claude Monet, the Obsession of the Nympheas which will bring you to the garden to the Orangerie Museum, to explore time and space around The Water Lilies series.

Campus France USA: Become familiar with the French academic System and find out about opportunities to study abroad.

Cultural Vistas: Learn about the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, the Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium des Deutschen Bundestages, and other exchange programs to take you to Germany.

Transatlantic Science & Exchange: Discover German and French scientific institutions, as well as opportunities to study, intern, and much more in Germany. Learn about diverse programs for educational and cultural exchanges, and the extraordinary research, funding and career opportunities in Germany and France. Enjoy a bee hive display and honey tasting from the French Embassy.

Working closely with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research and development organization, Fraunhofer USA strives to strengthen transatlantic collaboration in education, applied research and innovation.

Enjoy a bee hive display and honey tasting from the French Embassy. Sign up for newsletters and connect with the cultural and science sections of the embassies.

French-American Chamber of Commerce: How well do you know French buisness and trade_ Come challenge yourself and try to win goodies and delicious madeleines!

Children’s “FUN” Passports: Get your special edition children’s passport made just for the EU Open House, complete with photo. Children can then collect stamps from other booths while exploring the other offerings.

Climate & Energy: Learn about the Transatlantic Climate Bridge – a tool to communicate, cooperate, and exchange on best practices on federal, national, regional, and municipality level. .

Modern Air Mobility: Find out how the Air Mobility of the Future will look like, spin the wheel of fortune, Try the taste of an airplane and check projects related to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Press Department: Here’s your chance to be a spokesperson and take a selfie to show your friends!

German International School Washington & German Language Courses: Enjoy science demonstrations, get your face painted, spin the Wheel of Fortune to win exciting prizes and best of all get your “passport” stamped by Griffin, our mascot. As one of over 140 school in the network of German Schools around the globe, the German International School Washington D.C. (GISW) has a strong focus on MINT and world languages. Since over 60 years, we teach children from preschool through 12th grade by implementing high level German curricula. Since we celebrate our 60th anniversary this school year, we give visitors a chance to contribute a brief message to add to our 60th Anniversary Community Living Art Project by folding a paper dove. The diplomas granted at the end of twelfth grade are the German International Abitur (DIA) and the U.S. High School Diploma. They provide our students access to the best universities all around the world.

For those of you interested in learning the German language, we also have a very popular Saturday program for all language proficiency levels for age 3 and up including adult classes. The German Language Courses (GLC) provide opportunities to acquire both German Language Diplomas, the Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD 1 & DSD 2).

Learn more about the GISW at www.giswashington.org and about the GLC at www.giswashington.org/glc.

Goethe-Institut: Learn about upcoming cultural programming, German language courses, online projects, and resources for German educators

Lycée Rochambeau: Join us for interactive games and student artwork celebrating French language and culture. Activities for the whole family.

My French Classes: Try out a speed language course and other fun activities for children in French.

The University of Maryland’s BeeSquad brings you the science and research behind bees: why native bees are importance, ongoing bee research and there will be even be a honey bee observation colony. Test your knowledge on bees with a few questions.

The German Wine Society will be serving German wines and sharing information about the 13 wine regions within Germany. The German Wine Society has been promoting enjoyment and education about German wines since 1977 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

French & German Agriculture & Food: Learn about German and EU agriculture.

Take fun quizzes on French agriculture and taste a wide range of French agricultural products – including an assortment of cheeses, fresh French baguettes and delicious Bayonne Ham.

German National Tourist Office: Visit our booth and find inspiration for your next trip to Germany! Stop by to discover Germany playful while participating in a game of Memory, taking a fun quiz, or just learning more about the travel destination Germany

Military: Stop by and visit with members of the French and German military. See some of their various uniform pieces. Learn about their presence on American bases and work with American partners.

German Federal Law Enforcement: Do you feel like a detective? Try out a puzzle from the federal police or get your fingerprints.

Paris 2024: Can't wait to see the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris? Discover the Progress of the Projects and immerse yourself in over 100 years of Olympic history! Kids, design your own sail boat for the competition and take it home!

Monnet Bench: Have you ever wondered how and where Jean Monnet drafted his idea of the European Union? Come and discover an authentic Parisian bench that will be settled later this year in Rock Creek Park in memory of Jean Monnet’s stay in DC. Stop by at 1 pm and watch a play performed by the Picnic Théâtre about one of the most famous fathers of Europe. at 11 am, come enjoy piano and violin compositions.

Face Painters: Get your face painted by our talented face painters!

Bonjour Books: The Washington area’s French bookstore is located just outside the Beltway in Kensington, MD, and they are bringing some of the treasures in the children’s section downtown for the day!

Stop by the tent and browse a wonderful selection of French literature, including favorite storybook characters like Petit Prince, T’choupri, Simon Lapin, Ernst et Celestine, and Le Loup, and works from beloved classic and contemporary authors like Oriana Lallemand, Claude Ponti, Laura Nsafou, and so many more! They will also have some of the favorites available in English and will be hosting read-alouds throughout the day.

Children’s Corner & Balloon Artist: Relax in a pleasant corner with your little ones. Pick up a coloring book, work on a puzzle, read a book, marvel at our balloon artist, and enjoy a tasty treat.

Visitor Map and Program

Join us on May 14, 2022, as the German Embassy opens its doors to visitors during the annual Open House. This year the German Embassy will also host the French Embassy, part of a multi-year tradition…

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