Information on the Citizens' Festival German Unity Day Celebrations on 02 and 03 October 2023 in Hamburg City Centre
Hamburg celebrates: with an international focus, with its eyes set on the future - and above all: with you! Hamburg cordially invites you to its celebrations of the German Unity Day in the heart of the city on 02 and 03 October 2023. With a colourful, sustainable programme, various vendors, music and culinary delights, there are many highlights to discover at the festival.
When? Time of the festival:
The "German Unity Day Citizen Festival" is open from 10 AM to 11 PM on 2 October and from 10 AM to 9 PM on 3 October. In addition to the presentation of the individual German federal states and constitutional bodies, there will be live music and many other artistic performances on several stages. There will also be a colourful children's area, a wide variety of information, and entertainment stands, and many different culinary delights.
What? The highlights:
In celebration of German unification, Germany's 16 federal states will present themselves, and there will be live music and art performances on several stages. There is an extra area for children with a focus on fun and games. Culinary delights include regional, typical German and international delicacies. The main themes are digitalisation, sustainability and internationality - how will Hamburg develop in the coming years?
Where? The event grounds:
The festival will take place in various locations across Hamburg's city centre, especially around the Binnenalster, City Hall and Mönckebergstraße. If you are coming from the main station, you can get information on all event areas directly at the Welcome Centre.
Around the Inner Alster Lake: Starting at the main station, you can walk directly along Glockengießerwall towards the water (Alster Lake) and already find yourself in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Here you will not only find associations and institutions on Ballindamm, but also the "NDR"-water stage directly across from Jungfernstieg, where both Hamburg‘s digitalization trends and the Hamburg metropolitan region present themselves. The programme at Gänsemarkt is both youthful and refreshing! The ‚Young Future Lab‘ as well as the numerous Food & Drinks vendors are right next to each other. One of the two miles for children and families is also around the corner at Gustav-Mahler-Platz. The western bank of the Alster showcases sustainable businesses and developments in Hamburg. After a relaxing stroll, head back towards Rathausmarkt.
Mönckebergstraße to City Hall: If you walk directly from the Welcome Centre to Mönckebergstraße, you will find yourself on the "Ländermeile" ( "Federal States Boulevard“), where all German federal states will present themselves and their cultural specialities. There are many highlights to discover all the way to the town hall: On Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Platz, things get international: meet Hamburg’s international organizations including the port, ‚Info-Point Europe‘, and consulates from across the world. Around St. Peter's Church, children and families in particular will find activities and fun. After a short walk, aroundCity Hall, the constitutional organs will present themselves, all against the beautiful backdrop of the small Alster lake and the Rathausmarkt (City Hall Plaza). Behind the city hall, there is a highlight for children: On ‚Blue-Light Row‘ children get the chance to sit in emergency vehicles of Hamburg’s fire brigade, police, and the Federal Armed Forces. Blue lights included!