The Danube length is measured from 0 in Romanian Sulina to 2880 where the Brigach and Breg meet in the Black Forest mountains. The place is marked by a Danube stone and by the place in the middle, but the best view is from a high speed road. Although the area in the mountains was kept largely natural, the Regierungspräsidum Freiburg organised a citizen participation event on the 29th of June, the Danube Day 2018.
Maria Bostenaru 2018 / CC BY
Danube at the confluence Brigach and Breg
The Danube springs lay in Donaueschingen, a resort city situated at 686m (the springs at 678m) in the Black Forest. It is a carst spring from underneath a now private property, marked by a statue complex of Danubius as represented in antiquity. Where the Danube reaches the Brigach, the larger from the rivers meeting in Donaueschingen, there is a Danube temple, on a private land. The confluence of the Brigach and Breg is situated about 1800m further, in the middle of a park. Being a resort city, guided tours are organised to see the Danube origins, and there are a lot of tourists. The region of the Black Forest is of seldom natural beauty and place for various resorts and folk traditions, including gastronomic ones. In 2017 in Karslruhe an exhibition was organised about the region.
The citizen participation event envisaged a more natural shape for the confluence. You can read more about previous meetings here.
The Danube Day is celebrated also in other cities across the countries crossed by the river, in Germany for example in Ulm, where there are various exhibitions, including one on the Sathmar Swabians, some of the Danube Swabians in Romania. For the DanURB project it was organised in Esztergom-Sturovo for the second year in a row.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.