Berlin has no shortage of street festivals and events. All year long. However, the GERMAN UNITY DAY STREET PARTY (Tag der Deutsche Einheit) is certainly one of the most exciting.
It is a three day family friendly festival around the Brandenburg Gate and Strasse des 17. Juni. Various stages, live acts, food stands, drinks and sweets take over a good part of Tiergarten and Mitte areas. This year, even the Reichstag (Parliament) lawn is receiving giant stages.
The GERMAN UNITY DAY (Tag der Deutsche Einheit) celebrates the reunification of Germany in 1990. The reunification of Germany was preceded by the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. Although this is a celebration it is also a time to reflect on what this city and people went through during the Cold War.
Whether you decide to head to Brandenburg Gate/Reichstag area or to wonder around town taking pictures and interacting with the upbeat crowds, a great time is guaranteed.
Our favourite (kind of cheesy) thing to do is to walk along the river Spree around the Government Buildings, and then head to the Gate where we drink lots of beer, eat lots of sausages and listen to fun concerts! It IS a popular event and it can be overwhelming if you are not into big crowds. It is all very organised though. Another cool (somewhat sad) thing to do is to walk along where the Wall used to stand.
The weather is usually gorgeous, however it does get a bit chilly at night, so plan accordingly.
For some of the specifics on the Festival, check out this WEBSITE. The German version of the Berlin.de site has more detailed info so make sure to also check it out. For more on what’s going on in Berlin this week, check out our AGENDA.
Additionally, at night, some of the light art installations of the Festival of Lights are on already!