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.
For the latest news, please contact Germany's country coordinators:
Thore Gauda of the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz on +49 (0)89 9214 – 4369; Thore.Gauda@stmuv.bayern.de.
Kathleen Rathenow of the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen on +49 7371 187 – 338; Kathleen.Rathenow@rpt.bwl.de. See also the Regierungspräsidien Baden-Württemberg website.