German Unity Day in Germany in 2019

  How long until German Unity Day?
This holiday next takes place in 15 days.
  Dates of German Unity Day in Germany
2021 Germany Sun, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2020 Germany Sat, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2019 Germany Thu, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2018 Germany Wed, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2017 Germany Tue, Oct 3 Public Holiday
Commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990
  Local name
Tag der Deutschen Einheit

When is German Unity Day?

This national holiday is always celebrated on  October 3rd. If October 3rd falls on a weekend, it will not be moved to a weekday.

History of German Unity Day

Since 1990, the 'Tag der Deutschen Einheit' has been a national holiday in Germany. It is the only official national holiday. All other holidays are managed at a federal level.

The reunification of Germany took place on October 3rd 1990 when the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

Following the GDR's first free elections on March 18th 1990, negotiations between the GDR and FRG culminated in a Unification Treaty.

Further negotiations between the GDR and FRG and the four occupying powers produced the so-called "Two Plus Four Treaty" granting full sovereignty to a unified German state, whose two halves had previously been bound by a number of limitations as a result of its post-WWII-status as an occupied nation.

The German Unification Day has been celebrated in the capital of whichever federal state has got the chair in the Federal Assembly (there are 16 federal states in Germany).

German Unification Day wasn't added as an additional holiday. In the west, it replaced the original Day of German Unity, which was the anniversary of a protest on June 17th 1953 in East Germany.

In East Germany, the national holiday was 7th October, the Day of the Republic (Tag der Republik), which commemorated the foundation of the GDR in 1949.

Celebrate German Day of Unity with your Philips Hue lights!

Did you know?

Three facts about German Unity Day

In return for Moscow accepting German reunification, West German Chancellor Kohl is said to have agreed to pay the costs of withdrawing Soviet troops and resettling them at home. He is also alleged to have promised up to $50 billion to "help stabilise Soviet finances".

Recent data indicates that 3.3 million 'East Germans' have migrated west since reunification, and 2.1 million 'West Germans' have moved east.

One of the stipulations of the Unification Treaty was that Berlin would regain its status as the capital of Germany. In June 1991, government departments began the 375 mile move from the previous Federal capital, Bonn, to Berlin. The process was complete by 1999, although around 8,000 of the 18,000 federal bureaucrats still work in the old West German capital.

More facts about German Unity Day

Translate this page