Danube Day 2017 / 2018 in Austria

Planning is underway for Danube Day 2018. Details will be posted here in the spring.
Read on for a summary of activities in 2017.

Austria embraced its rivers in 2017, with 40 organisations contributing to Danube Day. The Danube came to Vienna’s Stadtpark with interactive games, fascinating facts, creatures, crafts and competitions. Get a flavour of the day from the Danube Day Austria video and facebook.

Around 1000 children became river detectives in the Danube Puzzle Race. Who'd be first to complete the 17 activities: solving puzzles, collecting stamps and Danube goodies to become the champion? Various aspects of Danube life were featured, with information on the 14 countries, Danube careers, and the creatures that depend on our rivers. Slovak children joined in the fun and performed their own Danube message in front of the crowds.

Special guest, actress Julia Cencig, donned the Danube Day wellies for the group Danube waltz. She was joined by Minister Andrä Rupprechter from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management; Ursula Zechner from the Transport Ministry; Dr Wolfgang Zerobin from the City of Vienna and lots of school children.

During the day, children tried out being Environmental Officers with Vienna's Open Lab; met European March Turtles from the Donau-Auen National Park; and joined in water play with the Scouts. Upper Austria officials guided pupils on how to build a floodwater protection wall and the Youth Red Cross demonstrated nautical knots, flags and emergency procedures. If all this was thirsty work, you could mix water cocktails at the Danube Challenge stall or take a breather at via donau's reading corner.

Further information

Watch Austria's Danube Day video to see how Vienna celebrated in 2017. To find out how all the countries celebrated in 2017, go to Review 2017. You can also revisit 14 years of Austrian Danube Day celebrations via the general Review page.

For the latest news, see Austria's Danube Day website, Facebook or contact the national coordinator:

Susanne Brandstetter of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management on +43 1 71100 7123; Susanne.Brandstetter@bmlfuw.gv.at.