WASHINGTON -- Each year the European embassies open their doors to the public, offering food, music, tours and more. One of the calling cards of D.C. that residents don't usually enjoy are open to the public for six hours this Saturday.
All 27 embassies of the European Union member states, along with acceding country Croatia, plan to participate in the event. To make traversing this fun and expansive route easier, four color-coded bus routes will be provided.
Some of this year's highlights include Belgian beer from the Embassy of Belgium, LEGOs at the Embassy of Denmark, Hungarian breed dog petting at the Embassy of Hungary, traditional Polish cuisine at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and renaissance sword-fighters and ladies-in-waiting at the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
Based on previous years' EU open houses, biking is the best mode of transportation. While the buses are helpful, waiting upwards of 20 minutes during a six-hour event is time consuming. Last year, it was difficult finding nearby Capital Bikeshare stations with bikes.
Unlike most embassy events, the EU Embassies’ Open House Day do not cater to one specific culture. Each Embassy will highlight aspects of their respective country, but the events are designed to attract folks from all origins.
View a slideshow of last year's EU Open Houses below.
<a href="http://www.spainculture.us/calendar/541/" target="_hplink">Embassy of Spain (Former Residence of the Ambassador)</a>
Embassy of Bulgaria
<a href="http://www.mfa.gr/usa/images/stories/washington/docs/embassy_open_house_2012.pdf" target="_hplink">Embassy of Greece</a>
Embassy of Ireland
Embassy of Latvia
Embassy of Luxembourg
Embassy of Portugal