– Celebrate Marks German Unity Day on 3 October 2011

August 12, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce the annual celebration of German unification, German Unity Day, will be held on 3rd October 2011. The event was established in 1990, following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West Germany.

This special event, which celebrates national unity, is a public holiday. The anniversary of German unification is usually marked by films and documentaries on TV, speeches by politicians and communal meals rather than riotous displays or street festivities. It is important for visitors to remember that most shops will be closed, though this doesn't extend to restaurants.

Cologne hotels are plentiful and despite the lack of any major festivities to mark this momentous occasion, the day is an ideal time for the tourist to do a little exploring of this beautiful city.

Cologne is situated on the Rhine, and many tourists enjoy taking a cruise down this magnificent river. The city is also famous for its beer; visitors are encouraged to try the Fruh am Dom where they will be served by uniformed waiters carrying foaming litres of beer to their tables as well as the many traditional eating-houses located throughout the city.

There are many museums and art galleries located throughout the city and most of these should be open on 3rd October. Among other world class museums, the city offers the unique Museum of Holography and New Visual Mediums and for the chocolate connoisseur the Chocolate Museum can both educate visitors on the history of the German chocolate industry and provide them with free samples of chocolate.