On the occasion of the Day of the German Unity and the 140th anniversary of the German-Bulgarian diplomatic relations, H. E. Mr. Christoph Eichhorn,

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Bulgaria, gave a reception. On the 2nd of October, the Hilton Sofia Hotel overflowed with over 800 guests who came to honor the country's national holiday. Among them were officials and representatives of Bulgarian institutions, ambassadors and diplomats, businessmen, cultural figures, journalists, Germans living in Bulgaria, friends and young people.

On the 3rd of October, 1990, the unification of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic into a single state - the Federal Republic of Germany, was declared, after more than 40 years of separation. And for 29 years now, the Germans have been celebrating their day of unity.

For H. E. Mr. Christoph Eichhorn, who delivered his credentials on September 19th this year, this was his first national holiday as ambassador to Bulgaria. He also made his first public address to the representatives of the Bulgarian public and the diplomatic corps in Bulgaria. With a great deal of optimism, emotion and sense of humor, typical for a holiday, he told his guests:

On the occasion of the German National Day, welcome and good evening!

Or - for young Facebook fans from the German School in Sofia:

Welcome to this cool party!

The German Embassy team and I, as the new ambassador, are all very pleased that you all celebrate with us! That is why we want to thank you wholeheartedly.

We celebrate a common historical experience that you can follow there, on the screen.

1989 - German Photos - Bulgarian Photos

30 years ago, people went on  the streets. In Berlin, in Sofia, in many cities in Europe. As a result, the Berlin Wall, this inhuman border dividing Europe, fell. It was a moment of great happiness: for the Germans, for all of Europe, it was a signal far beyond its borders.

This was what we all want: Freedom! Freedom today means: preserving the unity of Europe. Let's work together on this. Keeping our freedom and building a good common future with our friends around the world.

Dear guests,

Our relationships are as strong as home-made brandy. Of course, with it goes something tasty to eat. Here we have a wonderful marmalade made by two ladies from Northwestern Bulgaria who manage to turn a tragic disaster into a good future - with innovation and initiative. And here's what it looks like ...

Dear Madam Vice President,

This is the world premiere here. And you get the exclusive first kit!

And then a happy announcement:

It's time for cheers!

On the Bulgarian side, Mrs. Iliana Yotova, Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria, congratulated the Germans on the national holiday.

Afterwards, everyone in a great mood enjoyed a toast with the wonderful German wines and beer for the Day of the German Unity. They tried the high quality specialties and had lively conversations.

In addition to the reception in Sofia, the German Embassy also organized such in Plovdiv and Varna, together with the honorary consuls of the country in Bulgaria.

More about the German Unity Day at bit.ly/2N39r1o

Photos are provided by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of Bulgaria. Photographer: Dimitar Chilov

Above: H. E. Mr. Christoph Eichhorn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bulgaria, and Mrs. Iliana Yotova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria, commemorating the National Day of Germany.