German Unity Day


Today, Germany celebrates The Day of German Unity. It remembers when the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany on October 3, 1990. It is the only national holiday established at the federal level. All other holidays are regulated exclusively by the states.

Interestingly, the alternative to commemorate the reunification was November 9 - the day the Berlin Wall came down. But because some not so happy for the German people events also took place at this date October 3 was chosen for the celebration. That is the day when the flag of reunited Germany was raised above the Reichstag and the unification treaty came into force.

Every year, a different German city hosts the national celebrations. Today, the festival takes place in Berlin. Read more about the traditional celebrations here:

The Centre for German and European studies wishes you a happy German Unity Day!