Architecture Day in Germany

Architecture Day is an event and holiday that’s observed annually in Germany and showcases some of the fine examples of German architecture to the general public. Tag der Architektur, as it’s known in German, is observed annually on the last weekend in June. Since it’s not a public holiday, businesses operate on their normal Saturday hours.

The events that are held on this day are organized by architects of the federal states and all of these are fully coordinated by the Federal Chamber of Architects. Many buildings that are normally closed or are not fully accessible can be visited by people under a guided tour operated by either the owners or the builders and architects of the buildings.

The History Of Architecture Day In Germany

This holiday is based on Open Monuments Day, an event that was held for the first time in 1993. The first year after this event, it was decided that there should be an Architecture Day that allowed the general public to get a look at buildings they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to visit and appreciate. In 2001, it would become a nationwide event for the first time. This is when 1,273 projects in approximately 540 locations were opened. That event had an estimated 85,000 visitors.

Observing Architecture Day In Germany

For the past few years, there has been a theme associated with this event. For example, in 2010 the theme was “Horizons” and in 2019, the theme was “Shape Rooms.” It’s a great time for anyone interested in German architecture to see beautiful examples of it that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to see any other way.

German architecture has historically been very diverse and just about every major European style can be found in its creation. This includes Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Modern, Classical and Carolingian styles. Modern German architecture involves not only reconstructing classic buildings but also working in a Neo-Classical style.

Where is it celebrated?
Germany (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
June 24 Saturday
Next year (2024)
June 29 Saturday
Last year (2022)
June 25 Saturday