Service

Our service area provides all the most important information about your visit to the festivities surrounding the Day of German Unity 2018, including how to get here, security measures, information for residents and other FAQs.

Festival grounds

useful tips

The Day of German Unity 2018 is a festival done by many for everyone! We ask you to respect and follow the instructions so that the events can run smoothly.

Opening Hours

Monday, 1. October 2018: 2 pm to midnight
Tuesday, 2. October 2018: 11 am to midnight
Wednesday, 3 October 2018: 11 am to midnight

Please note that visitors will not be permitted to enter the festival grounds after 11 pm on all three days.

The separate areas close at 8 pm (the area ‘Children&Familie’ closes already at 6 pm// stages, dance-tent and rbb campus have longer opening hourse on 2 + 3 October // the area ‘Federal government & states’ and the food court is open until midnight.

ARRIVAL & MAIN ENTRANCES

Please use the public transport – you can reach the main entrances coming from Hauptbahnhof or Potsdamer Platz by foot.

Bikes, Skateboards, Segways and such are not permitted of the festival grounds. Walking aids, wheelchairs, strollers etc. are permitted.

The security checks at the entrances might cause a little bit of a wait, please be prepared to let your bags be checked for safety reasons.

In case the maximum number of persons on the festival grounds is reached, no more visitors we be permitted to enter the festival grounds.

Bags & Carrying of Items

Due to increased security measures at the entrances, you will only be permitted to bring bags up to DIN A4 (29.7 x 21 cm) in size onto the festival grounds. There will be no opportunity to store luggage or bags on the festival site.

Please, do not leave your personal belongings unattended on the festival grounds.

You are permitted to bring food in small quantities and non-alcoholic beverages (0.5 litre per person).

General Information

Children under the age of 12 are only allowed to enter if accompanied by adults.

It is not permitted to bring animals onto the festival grounds. Guide dogs and guard dogs are, of course, allowed.

Berliner Sparkasse ATMs are are available on site.

There are visual and sound recordings produced on the festival grounds. By entering the festival grounds, you agree that any recordings of yourself may be used later.

The carrying of weapons, pyrotechnic and other dangerous objects as well as intoxicants is forbidden.

Persons, who are under the influence of alcohol or stupefacients are not permitted to enter the festival grounds.

Behaviors that endanger, discriminate against or harm in any other form, will be punished by banishment from the premises.

The visitors are required to comply with house rules and directionsof the organizer,  Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.

Did you loose something? Please go to the next volunteer or helper or contact us: tde2018@kulturprojekte.berlin

FAQ

What occasion does the Day of German Unity celebrate?

Berlin is the current holder of the presidency of the Bundesrat (federal council), and as such is responsible for organising the annual Day of German Unity celebrations marking the formal unification of East Germany and West Germany in 1990. This year, that means inviting guests from all over the world to gather from 1 to 3 October at a large festival held at various locations near the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building in celebration of democracy, diversity and freedom. Visitors will be given the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey through various historical sites relating to both the division and the unification of Germany. In 2018, Berlin is taking its own history as the occasion to examine the current state of German unity and to present new ideas for the future. Hundreds of partners and a unique programme of events will provide an authentic reflection of Berlin as a creative and open capital. The festival’s cultural programme will include everything from exhibitions, theatre performances and panel discussions to book presentations, live music and a huge concert on 3 October at Brandenburg Gate.

What does the motto NUR MIT EUCH – ONLY WITH YOU stand for?

NUR MIT EUCH – ONLY WITH YOU is the motto of Berlin’s tenure as president of the Bundesrat (federal council). As such, it represents the guiding themes of cohesion, tolerance and freedom, which were chosen to showcase the multifaceted nature of the capital and emanate beyond its borders. The extensive festival programme of events and activities surrounding the Day of German Unity also take up this motto and seek to spotlight a vibrant democracy that thrives on participation and social engagement. For this reason, we invite all of our partners and visitors to get actively involved in shaping the design and tone of the festival. We can do it NUR MIT EUCH – ONLY WITH YOU nationally and internationally

Where exactly is the Day of German Unity festival taking place in Berlin?

The festival is taking place in the area around the square known as “Platz der Republik”, which lies between the Bundeskanzleramt (federal chancellery building) and the Reichstag building, as well as at the Brandenburg Gate, on Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard and in the park known as the Tiergarten.

Where are the entrance points to the festival grounds?

– – If you’re coming from Hauptbahnhof: Otto-von-Bismarck-Allee

– – If you’re coming from Potsdamer Platz: corner Ebertstraße / Behrenstraße

– – If you’re coming from Unter den Linden Boulevard: corner Ebertstraße / Dorotheenstraße

– – If you’re coming from the Siegessäule: on the western side of Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard

Does is cost anything to attend the festival?

Access to the Day of German Unity Berlin 2018 is free of charge.

What happens if it rains? Will the festival still take place?

Yes, the festival will still take place if it rains. Please note that for security reasons no large umbrellas will be permitted on the festival grounds. We ask that you bring only small, foldable umbrellas.

Where can I find the programme schedule of the festival?

To view the programme schedule for the Day of German Unity, just visit the website www.tag-der-deutschen-einheit.de. All programme events and information on all the different festival areas can be found in the programme booklet. These booklets will be available free of charge at the festival entrance areas, at the Info & Shop containers and from the volunteers and helpers on the festival grounds.

Will there be somewhere to store my bags and/or luggage?

Unfortunately not. There will be no opportunity to store luggage or bags on the festival site. Please note that you are permitted to bring only small bags and rucksacks (no larger than Din A4 – 29.7 x 21 cm) onto the festival grounds.

Where will I be able to find food and drinks?

There will be a wide array of food and drink stands across the entire festival grounds. The selection will range from the typical Berlin “Currywurst” all the way to international specialties and vegan-vegetarian dishes. The main focus will be on regional organic products. Also, each individual federal state will be showcasing their various regional specialties on and around Platz der Republik.

Where will I be able to find toilets and nappy-changing tables?

There will be plenty of toilets throughout the festival grounds. They will be easy to find and marked with the usual toilet or WC symbols. There will also be nappy-changing tables in the wheelchair accessible toilets.

Is the festival area wheelchair accessible?

The entire festival area is barrier-free and easily accessible via wheelchair. You will also find wheelchair-accessible toilets throughout the entire festival grounds.

Are all programme points on the festival schedule suitable for children?

Almost all of the events and programme points are suitable for children. In the Tiergarten, all around Floraplatz, there will be a large area for children and families with diverse offerings suitable for all ages. Many of the activities in the other festival areas are also suitable for children. Please note, though, that the evening events on the main stage at the Brandenburg Gate will be quite noisy. Of course, parents are invited to take their children there, but we highly recommend bringing protection for your children’s’ ears.

Is there a “Lost and Found” desk on the festival grounds?

If you lose something on the festival grounds, please go to the next “Info & Shop” container. Lost objects will be kept at the Info & Shop nearest to where the object was found. Every night on all three nights, the remaining items found that day will be taken to the Info & Shop located between the “Essen & Trinken” (Food & Drink) and “Geschichte & Erinnern” (History and Remembrance) areas at the corner of Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard and Yitzhak-Rabin-Straße. When the festival is over, starting on 4 October, all lost items will be brought to Berlin’s central Lost & Found office at Platz der Luftbrücke 6. https://www.berlin.de/ba-tempelhof-schoeneberg/politik-und-verwaltung/aemter/amt-fuer-buergerdienste/fundbuero/

If you happen to find a lost item on the festival grounds, please go to the next volunteer or helper or simply take the item to one of the Info & Shop containers on the festival grounds. Thank you!

Where are the First Aid stations? What should I do in case of an injury, accident or the like?

There will be paramedics on duty at the festival site. You will be able to find the nearest First Aid station by consulting the Info towers, festival maps and various signs. The many volunteers and helpers on the festival grounds as well as in the Info & Shop containers (four on the festival grounds and one each at Hauptbahnhof and Potsdamer Platz.) will be happy to provide you with assistance and information

What should I do if the festival is cancelled or called off?

If the festival event has to be stopped or cancelled due to some unforeseen event, such as a big storm or other weather event, we ask that you remain calm and simply follow the instructions given by the security staff and the emergency announcements made by the organisers. We will also be informing you via our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter about any short-term changes to the programme.

Who is organising the Day of German Unity?

The federal state of Berlin is responsible for this year’s Day of German Unity Berlin 2018 celebrations. The Senate Chancellery of Berlin granted the company known as Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH the task of actually organising and carrying out the festivities. Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH is a non-profit organisation and does not earn any money with their work on the festival.

Why are the Day of German Unity celebrations taking place in Berlin this year?

The official celebrations marking the Day of German Unity take place in a different Bundesland (federal state) each year. The site of the festival depends on which federal state holds the presidency of the Bundesrat (federal council), which rotates every year. In 2017, the celebrations took place in the city of Mainz, which is the capital of Rheinland-Pfalz. Next year, they will be held in Kiel, which is the capital of Schleswig-Holstein. In a symbolic ceremony to be held on 3 October at the festival in Berlin, Michael Müller – Berlin’s Governing Mayor and this year’s Bundesrat president – will pass the baton to Daniel Günther, the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein and Müller’s designated successor as Bundesrat president.

What kinds of events and activities are taking place at the festival marking the Day of German Unity?

You will find an overview of our multifaceted programme and all of the partners and artists involved in our free-of-charge “Programmheft” or programme booklet. You will be able to pick up this booklet at the entrances and on the festival grounds (at the Info & Shop containers as well as from the volunteers and helpers on site). Comprehensive festival information can also be found online at www.tag-der-deutschen-einheit.de

What is the best way to get to the festival grounds?

The best way to get to the festival site is via public transport, exiting either at Hauptbahnhof or Potsdamer Platz stations. You can also exit at the Tiergarten S-Bahn station.

For those of you arriving by bicycle, we highly recommend that you find a spot to park your bike at some distance from the festival grounds, say, around the Hauptbahnhof train station, at Potsdamer Platz or near the golden “Siegessäule” column. There will be one area to park your bike directly at the festival grounds, and it will be located at the western entrance on Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard. We strongly recommend you use this space as well. For security reasons, it will not be permitted to park your bicycle at any of the other entrances or along the fences surrounding the site. If these rules are not observed, the bikes will be removed by our security staff.

We strongly suggest you avoid getting to the festival by car. If you must use a car, we recommend that you park it at or around Potsdamer Platz or Hauptbahnhof.

What are the opening hours of the festival grounds?

The following are the opening hours of the festival grounds:

Monday, 1. October 2018: 2 pm to midnight
Tuesday, 2. October 2018: 11 am to midnight
Wednesday, 3 October 2018: 11 am to midnight

Please note that visitors will not be permitted to enter the festival grounds after 11 pm on all three days.

Where can I find parking spaces for bicycles?

There will be an area to park bicycles directly at the festival grounds located at the western entrance on Straße des 17. Juni Boulevard (near the “Kleiner Stern”). We strongly recommend that you use this area. For security reasons, it will not be permitted to park bicycles at any of the other entrances or along the fences surrounding the site. If these rules are not observed, the bikes will be removed by our security staff.

What kinds of official events are scheduled to take place as part of the Day of German Unity?

A number of traditional official events take place each year on 3 October, the Day of German Unity. These events involve the participation of representatives of various constitutional bodies, such as the Bundespräsident (federal president), Bundesrat (federal council), Bundestag (federal parliament), Bundesregierung (federal government), Bundesverfassungsgericht (federal constitutional court) and state parliaments as well as several other dignitaries. The key official events include an ecumenical service at Berlin Cathedral, which is broadcast live on Germany’s ZDF TV channel, as well as a ceremony at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, which is broadcast live on the ARD TV channel.

What bags and rucksacks are permitted on the festival grounds?

Due to increased security measures at the entrances, you will only be permitted to bring bags up to DIN A4 (29.7 x 21 cm) in size onto the festival grounds. These include the following:

– Belt bags / hip bags
– Gym bags
– Cloth bags
– Small and medium-sized handbags
– Small rucksacks/knapsacks

Not permitted are large rucksacks and any large bag exceeding a size of DIN A4 (29.7 x 21cm). We ask that you only bring what’s absolutely necessary with you to the festival, and that you pack very light. This will help us keep waiting times at the entrances to a minimum. Please note that you will not be able to store bags anywhere at the festival.

We also ask that families with small children use the special “family” section at the entrances. You are permitted to bring one rucksack or bag and one stroller per child. We thank you in advance for understanding that these security checks might cause a little bit of a wait at the entrances.

Please also make note in advance of the items that are prohibited on the festival grounds. The list of prohibited items can be found below.

Can I bring drinks and food onto the festival grounds?

You are permitted to bring food in small quantities and non-alcoholic beverages (0.5 litre per person). Please make sure your beverages are in unbreakable PET bottles or in Tetra Paks no larger than 0.5 litres. Glass containers and other breakable containers will not be permitted; these include, for example, ceramic coffee-to-go mugs.
Please note: there’s no need to worry about going thirsty, seeing as the festival will offer a wide range of drinks and food for every taste and inclination. There will also be free drinking-water stations on the festival grounds at Paul Löbe Allee and on Scheidemannstraße.

Will there be places to sit down and relax?

There will be several places to sit down throughout the festival grounds, especially in the vicinity of the food and drink stands. Almost everywhere on the grounds there will also be benches and loungers that invite you to relax and unwind.

Will visitors be permitted to come and go from the festival grounds?

Of course, all visitors are permitted to leave the festival grounds at any time. Just remember that you’ll have to go through the security check again before re-entering the site.

Is it permitted to bring animals onto the festival grounds?

It is not permitted to bring animals onto the festival grounds. Guide dogs and guard dogs are, of course, allowed.

Is it permitted to bring baby strollers onto the festival grounds?

Of course, baby strollers are permitted on the festival grounds. Please note that you are only allowed to bring one stroller per child.

Where can I get assistance and further information?

There will be many “Info & Shop” containers on the festival site: four on the festival grounds and one each at the entrances at Hauptbahnhof (Washingtonplatz) and Potsdamer Platz. These containers will be open during the festival opening hours and will be able to provide you with help and answers to any questions you might have. A number of volunteers and helpers will also be on foot throughout the festival grounds to provide assistance and information.

What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

In case of an emergency, please go to the nearest steward and/or security personnel or call 112 immediately. If there is a medical emergency, the paramedics already on the festival grounds will be informed simultaneously.
Also, if you notice any behaviour or activity that you deem strange or suspicious, please inform one of the stewards or the security personnel on site.

If you find yourself in a position where you have to call the emergency number 112, please be prepared to answer the following questions:
– Where is the patient or Where are the patients?
– What happened?
– How many people are injured?
– What is the nature of their injuries?
– What is your name? (Please note, your name is enough; the 112 service desk will already be able to see your number.)
– Wait for other questions.

You can help out in emergency situations, even if you have no medical training:

1. First, take care of your own safety and that of your family before you help others. If you can see that there is no danger to yourself and your family, then you should start to provide First Aid.
2. Be calming and caring; people who are injured are usually scared and need to be reassured that help is on the way.
3. Ask other people to assist you and, if necessary, to alert the emergency services.
4. Set up a screen or shield around the injured person so that he or she has some privacy, which is important for individuals who have suffered injuries.

Which items are NOT permitted on the festival grounds?

Due to security and safety regulations, there are a number of items that will not be permitted onto the festival grounds.

These include the following:
– Rucksacks/knapsacks and bags exceeding DIN A4 (29.7 x 21 cm)
– Drones and selfie sticks
– Glass containers (including perfume bottles)
– Spray cans (including hairspray, deodorant, etc.)
– CS gas (pepper spray), animal repellent sprays, etc.
– Flammable liquids, disinfectants, etc.
– Pyrotechnical items
– Flagpoles, sticks, torches, banners and the like
– Hammocks, tents, large-stick umbrellas  please use small folding umbrellas
– Cooling bags and other heavy and large containers
– Cartridge belts, weapons, any dangerous object (sharp and hot items, etc.)
– Intoxicants, drugs, etc.
– Radios, Bluetooth speakers and the like.
– Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, etc.
– Chairs and other furniture
– Banners, posters and large quantities of paper products

Please also see our event rules and regulations.

Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH konzipiert und realisiert im Auftrag des Landes Berlin das Bürgerfest und die begleitenden Kommunikationsmaßnahmen.