• Celebrating German Unity Day

    by  • October 3, 2014 • Art, Berlin, City Breaks, Cologne, Dresden, Festivals, Frankfurt, Munich

    Special Events in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Dresden & Cologne.

    October 3rd marks German Unity Day, commemorating the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the former GDR officially joined the Federal Republic of Germany. Many often consider the 9th of November, 1989, the day upon which the Berlin Wall fell, as the moment when East and West Germany joined together, yet this momentous occasion more prominently marked the end of the Cold War and paved the way for German reunification the following year. The Unification Treaty was signed on the 20th of September, 1990 and the 3rd of October declared henceforth as the unified country’s national holiday.

    In Berlin, the Day of German Unity is celebrated with a three-day festival centred around the Brandenburg Gate and the Strasse des 17 Juni where you’ll find stalls and a number of stages upon which there’ll be live music and theatrical performances. There’s merry-go-rounds and other fairground attractions including a big wheel from the top of which the views look out over the Tiergarten. There’s also an Italian Film Festival, the Tuscia Film Fest, taking place over the weekend at the Kino Babylon where films are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

    Over in Frankfurt, the city celebrates with a free open-air jazz concert, ‘Jazz zum Dritten’, held on the Römerberg, Frankfurt’s old town centre. Translated as ‘Jazz on the Third’, this annual concert, now in its 12th year, not only celebrates Germany’s national day of unity, but also pays homage to the city’s strong connections with jazz, for Frankfurt is considered Germany’s leading centre of jazz music. In Munich meanwhile, the city is still in the midst of celebrating its annual beer extravaganza, Oktoberfest, which concludes this coming Sunday (5th October) whilst in Dresden, there’s a special Bach Festival being held this weekend in the Frauenkirche.

    Last but not least, if you happen to be in Cologne, head over to the Wallraf Das Museum as it’s currently the host of an interesting exhibition entitled ‘The Cathedral: Romanticism – Impressionism – Modernism’. Running until the 18th of January, 2015, this lovely exhibition takes the central theme of cathedrals and explores how they have been depicted on canvas through some of the major artistic movements over the last couple of centuries. With over 180 paintings on display, the exhibition contains works by many great names including Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Sisley, Rodin and Matisse and makes for an interesting and worthwhile visit.

    Equally over at the Museum Ludvig, the Ludvig goes Pop exhibition opened yesterday, exploring the fascinating artistic world of the Pop Art movement. The exhibition runs until January 11th, 2015 and complements perfectly the more classic works on display in the Wallraf Das Museum above.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.