Events that coincidentally fall on German Unity Day

Events that coincidentally fall on German Unity Day

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Each year on October 3, Germans celebrate the date when a nation that had been split in two since 1945 once again became one. Short on the heels of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) became a single German state. The reunification process was formally completed on October 3, 1990.

“Tag der Deutschen Einheit,” or German Unity Day, is always celebrated on October 3, no matter which day of the week it falls on. When it occurs a weekday, those who work in accordance with the U.S. Federal holiday calendar generally miss out on any celebrations that might be happening locally. This year, however, the date falls on a Saturday, meaning many U.S. military community members will also be able to join in on the festivities. Of course in 2020, these will take on a much different shape than they usually do, with all large-scale events having been cancelled months previously. Here’s a look at a handful of public events coinciding with Germany’s 30th anniversary as a nation reunited that are taking place close to our communities.

Bavaria

Eifelpark Leuchten
Through Oct. 4 in Gondorf

This theme park is offering special nights when its sights and attractions are lit up in beautiful colors, creating a magical atmosphere. A free-fall tower and chain swings are also open on the evening. See the lights from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly, and entry costs 10 euros adults, 8 euros for kids between  100 – 149 cm tall, and is free for those smaller than 100 cm.

Kaiserslautern

Green – White  Oktoberfest
Oct. 3 in Kaiserslautern

The FSV Kaiserslautern 1986 e.V. football teams hosts a “Grün Weißes Oktoberfest.” Following the soccer match against another Kaiserslautern team which begins at 2:30 p.m., a beer tent offers space for up to 150 revelers. Food, drink and suitable Oktoberfest music will create the proper atmosphere. The address is Kniebruch 7.

Stuttgart

Fou Fighterz in concert
Oct. 3 in Reichenbach an der Fils

A Foo Fighters cover band takes to the stage twice, first at 7 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. at Die Halle. The venue’s address for your GPS is Kanalstraße 10, 73262 Reichenbach an der Fils. Tickets go for 14.40 euros.

Gourmet Wine Hike with Sybille Böpple
Oct. 3 in Stuttgart

“WeinGenussWanderung mit Sybille Böpple” is organized by Weingut Diel. During the hike, a glass of Sekt and a glass of wine are served, followed by tastings of a white, red, and rose back at the cellars. A simple evening meal is also served. Cost is 49 euros. The winery is located at Württembergstraße 203, 70327 Stuttgart.

The Magic Flute for Children
Oct. 4 in Schorndorf/Württemberg

This performance of the Mozart classic is geared to younger audiences and takes place from 4 p.m. at the Barbara-Künkelin-Halle.  Ticket prices begin at 17 euros.

Wiesbaden

Harbor Flea market
Oct. 3 in Wiesbaden

A flea market takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the pretty Schierstein Harbor. Hungry bargain hunters can refresh themselves with homemade cakes and treats from the grill. The exact address of the organizer, Schwimm-Club Wiesbaden, is Christian-Bücher-Straße 22.

Free entry to the Museum Wiesbaden
Oct. 3 in Wiesbaden

On the first Saturday of each month, the entry fee to the Museum Wiesbaden, which focuses on art and nature, is waived for visitors of all ages. Don’t miss the new and excellent exhibition of Art Nouveau, also referred to as Jugendstil. The museum is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Oktoberfest Open Air
Oct. 3 in Wiesbaden

Enjoy street food and of course, lots of beer. The event takes place at the Alte Schmeltze 16 in Wiesbaden, and as there’s a tent set up there, it will happen no matter the weather. Festivities get underway at 6 p.m., and tickets cost 19.34 euros.

Tastes of autumn – New Wine Wandering
Oct. 4 in Dexheim

“So schmeckt der Herbst - Dexemer Federweißer Wanderung” takes place in a small Rheinhessen village halfway between Mainz and Worms. The walking and sampling the new wine begins at 11 a.m.

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