Hello, foreign policy!

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, © Thomas Imo/photothek.net

10.08.2018 - Article

It’s the Open Day on 26 and 27 August 2017 at the Federal Foreign Office. We hope to see you there!


You are invited to join in a dialogue on what lies ahead as regards Europe. What kind of Europe do we really want? You will be able to discuss Germany’s role and responsibility in Europe and the world at a citizens forum with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

In our “Europe Lounge” you can ask our EU Ambassador questions in a sort of speed-dating event, test your knowledge in a big quiz or follow in the footsteps of an EU official. Our European Directorate-General and our partners will be on hand with exciting interactive presentations at their stands.

If you feel Europe is not just about the mind, but the stomach as well, you will be able to taste some European specialities in our Protocol Courtyard.

Hello, foreign policy!
Hello, foreign policy!© AA

Foreign Policy Live – Diplomats in dialogue

Our series of grassroots dialogues on German foreign policy will continue at the Open Day. You will have the chance to talk to our colleagues about our engagement in Afghanistan or about Germany’s Africa policy.

Gaining insights into what we do

Naturally we will be opening our doors to you on both days: pretend to be a state guest at the G20 conference table, get a close-up look at the Mercedes Pullman, or take a look at the Crisis Response Centre.
At the Inspiring People lounge, mediators and partners involved in our cultural relations and education policy will be presenting their important work. Representatives of the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and the Federal Office of Administration - Central Agency for Schools Abroad will be on site providing information about academic exchange, cultural work in conflict areas, language promotion and German Schools abroad.

Don’t miss seeing the Minister’s office

And where does the Foreign Minister actually work? During the Open Day, you can have a look around Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’s office on the first floor of the old building.
What’s hidden under the carpet, and who used to meet in the historic Bismarck Room right next door? You’ll learn this and more on a tour of the Minister’s area.

Junior Tour 2018

What’s Maya the Bee doing at the Federal Foreign Office? We have a very special highlight for our young guests. The Junior Tour is stopping off here, with Wissper, Mia and Me, Heidi and Vicky the Viking. Brightly-coloured interactive areas and fun games will make the day an unforgettable one for our younger visitors, too.
A different sort of outsourcing with “Wunderbar together”
If you are looking for something about transatlantic relations, pay a visit to the “Wunderbar together” tent marking the launch of Deutschlandjahr in the USA.
The programme will be published soon.

Villa Borsig

Are you ready to venture into the depths of Tegel Forest? Then pay us a visit at the Villa Borsig in Tegel for a closer look at the Federal Foreign Minister’s guest house. As well as hearing a lot of exciting stuff about the building, you can take a short walk in the nature conservation area, and there will be coffee and cake in the lakeside pavilion with a view of Tegel lake.

More about the highlights and the programme

While you sink into one of our deckchairs in the Protocol Courtyard, ice cream in hand, tired and hopefully overwhelmed by all you’ve seen, there will be a fantastic open-air stage show with music from the “No Borders Band”, “Leitplanke” and “Ulli und die grauen Zellen”, and DJ TMSN will be there to get you dancing.
Children and young people have described their dreams, hopes and fantasies in the e-book competition under the motto “Eine Welt für dich und mich” (One world for you and me). Our e-book will be presented during the Open Day.

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