The Day of German Unity is Germany's national holiday. It commemorates the German reunification in 1990 and is celebrated with a festival around Platz der Republik, Straße des 17. Juni and Brandenburg Gate.
The historical event of German reunification, where the former GDR officially joined the Federal Republic of Germany, is celebrated with a three-day festival around Platz der Republik at Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. In that area, various stages host live bands and stands sell food, drinks and sweets.
Motto 2018: Only With You
Around one million visitors are expected at the street festival, which will be held over three days around the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Headlined by the motto "Nur Mit Euch" (Only with You), in 2018 the public celebration emphasised democracy that lives from participation and intervention.
The centre of the festival is the Platz der Republik, on and around which the 16 federal states as well as the constitutional bodies Bundestag, Federal Government and Bundesrat present themselves. The highlight of the three-day citizens' festival will be the great unity concert on the evening of 3 October 2018 in front of Brandenburg Gate.
"Einheitsband" with names of all German communities
The "Einheitsband" along the historic sites of unity invites you on a journey of discovery through Berlin and the entire Republic. All more than 11,000 names of German communities are to symbolize the unity of Germany.
Sport and history
In cooperation with various museums, foundations and initiatives, the History and Culture of Remembrance area focuses on the path to and dealing with German unification, directly in front of the Soviet Memorial on the Straße des 17. Juni. Another thematic area focuses on the reunited, multifaceted sports metropolis of Berlin.
Historical Significance of the Day of Germany Unity
The fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November in 1989, which marked the end of the Cold War, had paved the way for German reunification barely a year later. The Unification Treaty that was signed on the 20th of September in 1990 and declares the 3rd of October the national holiday, sealed the end of the division of Germany.