The end of the Cold War in German capital was marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, leading to a real German reunification only a year later. The final step in the reunification of Germany was a singing of the Unification Treaty on September 20, 1990, and then October 3rd was declared as the national holiday.
The historical event of sealing the end of German division and reuniting of the former GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany is celebrated with a three-day festival. The celebrations are held near the Brandenburg Gate and along Straße des 17 Juni with a number of stages hosting live bands and numerous stands selling food and drinks.
The festival's cultural programme usually includes activities for general public, including families. Some of the favourites are horseback riding, a Ferris wheel with great views of the Tiergarten, theatre performances, karaoke, dice games, fairytale merry-go-rounds so that the whole family can have fun all day long.