EU Embassy Open House – Sat, May 11

Embark on a journey through the European Union Embassies in Washington, D.C. this Saturday for an immersive cultural experience like no other. With over 20 participating embassies, this event promises to be a celebration of diversity, heritage, and unity. Here’s a closer look at five must-visit embassies that will captivate your senses and transport you across the Atlantic:

  1. Czech Republic: Nestled in the heart of the District, the Czech Republic embassy invites you to discover the charm of its national dog, the Cesky terrier, through captivating dog shows scheduled throughout the day. Delight in the melodies of a Czech children’s choir and marvel at a fashion show featuring the country’s traditional costumes. Don’t miss out on wine tastings and live music, commemorating Czechia’s 20-year anniversary since joining the EU.
  2. France and Germany: With the 2024 Paris Olympics just around the corner, the French embassy is abuzz with excitement, offering sports demos and aerobic activities to get you in the spirit. Join in a giant Just Dance game and experience the thrill of “A Night at the Château de Versailles.” Meanwhile, the German embassy invites you to indulge in authentic cuisine at their biergarten, where savory sausages and frothy beers await. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere with performances by the German band Edelweiss.
  3. Austria and Slovakia: Explore the rich cultural heritage shared by Austria and Slovakia at their joint open house. Revel in the sounds of traditional music performed by local musicians while treating your taste buds to delectable Austrian pastries and snacks. Savor the aroma of Viennese coffee and recharge with a refreshing Red Bull, courtesy of this Austrian delight. Across the border, Slovakia beckons with more culinary delights and captivating musical performances.
  4. Estonia: After years of renovations, Estonia’s embassy unveils its newly refurbished interiors, inviting you to discover the elegance of Nordic design. Step inside the 120-year-old building and admire the fusion of historic architecture with contemporary Estonian art. Learn about Estonia’s unique cultural heritage, including its famed saunas and picturesque islands, as you wander through the embassy’s light-filled spaces.
  5. Belgium and Netherlands: Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure at the Belgium and Netherlands open house. Indulge in the irresistible sweetness of free Liège waffles and traditional Dutch stroopwafels, accompanied by a selection of Belgian and Dutch beers. Experience the joy of pedaling your way to a delicious smoothie on the smoothie bike, a nod to the Netherlands’ love affair with bicycles.
  6. Visit Romania: You will see one of the finest examples of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, plus discover our traditions and culture. Through dances, exhibitions, and samplings, you can also learn about traditional Romanian performances, costumes, and dishes!
  7. Italy: Explore the enchanting world of Italy and immerse yourself in Italian culture and language. Bring the kids for some outdoor fun and indulge in scrumptious pizza, ice cream, and coffee! And don’t forget to view the wonderful exhibition on photojournalism and the “Made in Italy” cars and motorcycles!

As you embark on this European odyssey, remember to plan your itinerary wisely and arrive early to beat the crowds. With a blend of cultural performances, culinary delights, and architectural wonders, the European Union Embassies Open House promises a day of discovery and delight for all who attend.

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