Danube Day 2017 in Germany

Planning is underway for Danube Day 2017. Details will be posted here in the spring. Read on for a summary of activities in 2016.

In 2016, festivities took place in five towns in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The events emphasized Danube solidarity, diversity, restoration and flood protection.

Bavaria marked 10 years of the Neuburg Auen Institute: 250 people enjoyed music and a tour of the floodplain forest. In Neuburg and Ingolstadt, 300 visitors cheered on teams competing for Danube Day medals in the Gaudi triathlon. Along with the river swim, theatre and spectacular bank-side fire show and concert, it made for a great day.

At the Ehingen-Berg water-gauge in Baden-Württemberg, residents heard about new ways to forecast and minimise floods impacts, with demonstrations of water volume measuring and an app to alert residents to flood events.

Ulm / Neu-Ulm's celebration was a riot of colour: 650 hand-painted flags were paraded along the riverbank at the International Danube Festival's opening ceremony. Designed by Serbian artist, Dragan Matic, they provide a stunning symbol of the Basin's historical, political and cultural diversity.

Further information

To see how all the countries celebrated last year, go to Review 2016. You can also revisit 13 years of German Danube Day celebrations via the general Review page.

For the latest news, please contact Germany's country coordinators:

Federal Level:
Knut Beyer of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety on +49 228 305 2536; knut.beyer@bmub.bund.de or view the ministry calendar of events.

Bavaria:
Thore Gauda of the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz on +49 (0)89 9214 – 4369; Thore.Gauda@stmuv.bayern.de.

Baden-Württemberg:
Kathleen Rathenow of the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen on +49 7371 187 – 338; Kathleen.Rathenow@rpt.bwl.de. See also the Regierungspräsidien Baden-Württemberg website.

Ulm/Neu-Ulm International Danube Festival:
See the Donau Büro website and twitter feed; the Donaufest website; and Donauportal on facebook.