European Heritage Days 2015 in Berlin

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Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “... ... read more

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Berlin European Heritage Days Overview

Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “Europe: a common heritage”. The European Heritage Days celebrate the shared histories of European countries along with the diversity that new immigrants contribute to European culture.

Every year in September and October, 50 countries take part in the European Heritage Days, offering over 20 million visitors access to over 30,000 cultural sites and landmarks. Each country selects its theme for the year and offers the public access to historical sites and monuments that aren’t normally open to visitors. European Heritage Days takes place at different times from September through October, and at different parts of each country every year, offering returning guests something new with each visit.

The goal of European Heritage Days is to highlight an important aspect of each European culture while bringing diverse European citizens together through this shared experience. New visitors to Europe have the chance to dive head first into a particular host country and seasoned travelers can rediscover a particular culture through each year’s changing theme.

Each September, over 4 million people visit Germany’s European Heritage Days for special events and open houses at over 8,000 landmarks, monuments, and museums in over 2,700 cities. In addition to the open houses, hundreds of expert guides, archeologists, and conservationists volunteer to educate the public with free historical walks, tours, and talks on German culture and history.

In Berlin, the capital’s most popular cultural institutions open their doors to the public for free events all across the city. Visit the Academy of Arts to take in its expansive collection or stop by the Berlin House of Representatives for an inside look at German politics. At the Old Townhouse, hear the history of the house’s family, which hid Jewish families in the cellars during the Nazi era.

Past themes at European Heritage Days Berlin include “Wood”, “Culture in Action – Travel, Trade, and Transport”, and “Romanticism, Realism, and Revolution – The 19th Century”. Whether you want to hear about the graffiti on the Berlin Wall or try to see all of the 30 million items in the Museum of Natural History, there’s something for everyone at the annual European Heritage Days Berlin.

With cultural demonstrations, folk concerts, and tours, European Heritage Days Berlin offer visitors the chance to soak in as much of authentic German heritage as time permits. Most events and landmark tours are free, but some of the more popular historical sites may require advanced registration. After discovering another side of German culture in Berlin, celebrate this great city by learning drinking traditions from the locals at the historic beer gardens nearby.

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