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Embassy tour lets you “visit” Europe in a day

The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia will be one of 28 embassies open to the public this Saturday for the annual EU Embassies' Open House Day.

The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia is one of 28 embassies open to the public this Saturday for the annual EU Embassies’ Open House Day.

Visiting Europe in a day sounds impossible but on Saturday, May 14, you can visit 28 countries. Well… at least their embassies during the annual European Union Embassies’ Open House Day. Each participating embassy will open their doors to the public for free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Delegation of the European Union, which organizes the entire day, will also open its offices to the public.  It will be hosting a special photo booth and food tastings as well as giving away prizes.  

To encourage attendees to visit as many participating embassies as possible, there is a special scavenger hunt. Similar to The Amazing Race, visitors at each embassy will have three opportunities to complete tasks to earn points: GPS check-in, answering fun questions and photo challenges. Points accumulated can then be redeemed for various prizes and the top three point collectors will receive swag bags filled with gifts from the embassies. A complete list of participating embassies follows.

  • Embassy of Austria
  • Embassy of Belgium
  • Embassy of Bulgaria
  • Embassy of Croatia
  • Embassy of Cyprus
  • Embassy of The Czech Republic
  • Embassy of Denmark
  • Embassy of Estonia
  • Embassy of Finland
  • Embassy of France
  • Embassy of Germany
  • Embassy of Greece
  • Embassy of Hungary
  • Embassy of Ireland
  • Embassy of Italy
  • Embassy of Latvia
  • Embassy of Lithuania
  • Embassy of Luxembourg
  • Embassy of Malta
  • Embassy of Poland
  • Embassy of Portugal
  • Embassy of Romania
  • Embassy of The Netherlands
  • Embassy of Slovakia
  • Embassy of Slovenia
  • Embassy of Spain
  • Embassy of Sweden (open from 1 to 8 p.m. due to Eurovision Song Competition. The finals will be broadcast live. Admission fee: $15 adults, $5 children)
  • Embassy of United Kingdom

More information regarding all of the activities at the participating embassies and the scavenger hunt is available by visiting www.euopenhouse.org.

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Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at thegaytraveler@gmail.com.