German Federal Government Open Day
As Berliners prepare themselves for the upcoming elections, visitors can get a first hand look this weekend inside those spectacular buildings lining the Spree. Every summer the entire government precinct throws open its doors for one weekend – the Tag der offenen Tür or ‘Day of the Open Doors’ – giving the public the opportunity to see how things work in everyday German politics.
Government Open Day 1  © Die Bundesregierung website .jpg

Government Open Day © Die Bundesregierung website

Visitors can meet some of the country’s well known politicians, ask them questions and take advantage of their open availability across the two days for discussion. Why not ask the Minister of Finance for some home budgeting advice? Or get some insight into Germany’s diverse regions from the Minister for the Interior? It’s not every day you get the chance to be heard by a Federal Minister.
Government Open Day  © Die Bundesregierung website .jpg

Government Open Day © Die Bundesregierung website

There is a full program of events, highlighting the workings of the political system here and visitors can attend talks and participate in various activities. Children are not forgotten either so it’s a great educational day out for the whole family. Participating sites include the Federal Press Office, the Federal Chancellery and a number of the Federal Ministries offices.
Government Open Day 1  © Die Bundesregierung website .jpg

Government Open Day © Die Bundesregierung website

The German Federal Government Open Day will be held this Saturday and Sunday  There is a shuttle bus to transfer you between buildings and standard security measures are in place – visitors must produce identification on entry and large bags are not permitted. For more information see here (only in German).

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.