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  1. 1. Tiny water bubbles rise from the source – an enchanting spectacle that adds to the charm of this picturesque site. The source of the Danube is one of several karst springs in the palace gardens. The spring water, which rises here, forms the "Donaubach", the Danube source brook, and runs underground through the palace gardens before flowing into the Brigach at the Danube Temple, 100 metres away From there, the Danube makes its long journey to the Black Sea. “Mother Baar” stands over the source of the Danube, part of a sculptural group created by Adolf Heer in 1896. She is showing her daughter, the young Danube, the way east. 50-150 LITRES 2800 KM of water bubble from the source of the Danube every second is the distance the Danube flows to the Black Sea Danube Temple – built at the influx of the Donaubach into the Brigach. BIRTHPLACE OF THE YOUNG DANUBE The world-famous source of the Danube, the very heart of the town of Donaueschingen, is a destination for visitors from far and wide and a must-see for every Danube enthusiast. The source is situated between the church of St. Johann and the Fürstenberg Palace. What rises from the ground here is Black Forest rainwater that has flown underground to the edge of the Black Forest to emerge as a spring in Donaueschingen. Mother Baar showing the young Danube on her way. wo man eines der Besten Biere der Welt trinkt! Süden ist wo man eines der Besten Biere der Welt trinkt! Süden ist... SOURCE OF THE DANUBE GUIDED TOUR Want to learn more about the facts, history and myths of the source of the Danube? Discover the source of Europe as part of an exciting tour! Further information and booking: Tourist-Information Donaueschingen, Germany Karlstraße 58 · 78166 Donaueschingen Tel. +49 (0) 771 857-221 tourist.info@donaueschingen.de www.donaueschingen.de >> Impressum Große Kreisstadt Donaueschingen, Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts, represented by Mayor Erik Pauly · Rathausplatz 1 · 78166 Donaueschingen · Tax ID no.: DE141909563 CONTACT: © Amt Tourismus und Marketing 2022 · Andreas Haller · Karlstraße 58 · 78166 Donaueschingen · Germany · Tel. +49(0)771 857-220 · andreas.haller@donaueschingen.de TEXT: Ernst Zimmermann, Dr. Andreas Wilts, Dr. Bernhard Everke, Andreas Haller PHOTOS: Tobias Raphael Ackermann (Titelbild), Heinz Bunse, Frank de Rosso, Fürstlich Fürstenbergisches Archiv, Regierungspräsi- dium Freiburg DESIGN: vico.visual concepts, Donaueschingen, www.vi-co.com PRINT: Druckerei Meder, Donaueschingen Beer from the black forest. Fürstenberg. Beer from the black forest. www.donaueschingen.de SOURCE OF THE DANUBE – SOURCE OF EUROPE EN
  2. 2. D ORIGIN OF EUROPE‘S DANUBE REGION The Danube is the second longest river in Europe. On its 2,800 km long journey from west to east it flows through ten countries – more than any other river on the planet. Thus, the Danube connects people from different cultural backgrounds, different languages, customs and traditions. As a European lifeline, the river has shaped the lives of the people who have settled along its banks since antiquity. Between the Black Forest and the Black Sea, the Danube weaves a bond that brings people together and inspires them to explore their origins. Even today, a visit to the source of the river is an emoti- onal moment for many visitors from the countries along the Danube. An ancient custom involves tossing a coin over one’s shoulder into the source. This is supposed to make wishes come true and ensure a return to Donaueschingen one day. Palace of the Princely House of Fürstenberg Donaueschingen Ulm Regensburg Passau RO MDA UKR BG The Donaubach was channelled underground and directed to the Brigach by the shortest route. However, this intervention meant that the source of the Danube in Donaueschingen became hardly recognisable as such. To remedy this situation and afford the source of the Danube the attention it deserves, in 1875 Prince Karl Egon III ordered the construction of a significantly more elaborate enclosure. The construction was technically very demanding, as the water level had to be artificially lowered by means of two powerful pumps. From 2013 to 2015, the source and its surroundings underwent extensive refurbishment and can now be enjoyed in all their glory. The enclosure and the sculptural group were painstakingly restored, the wall reinforced, and the source made accessible by means of a wider staircase and a lift. Black Sea Source of the Danube after 1828 Source of the Danube after 1896 Giurgiu Silistra Tulcea Sulina SRB A HISTORICAL NAME Numerous sources testify to the historical significance of the source of the Danube in Donaueschingen. The earliest testimony dates to the year 15 BC, when the Roman general and later emperor Tiberius rode north from Lake Constance and found “the sources of the Danube after a day’s journey.” References to the source of the Danube in Donaueschingen can also be found in many medieval chronicles and maps. Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia, published in 1544, locates the source of the Danube on a map with great accuracy. By that time, the town was already known as Donaueschingen. Its earlier name of Eschingen was first recorded as early as 889. The depiction of the spring, however, differs from its current round enclosure. In fact, for centuries it was only enclosed by a simple rectangular wall. The Donau- bach flowed freely past the Princely Palace and joined the Brigach and the Breg further east. It was not until the 19th century that the appearance of the spring changed fundamentally, and the wall was replaced with a circular, wrought iron railing. Source of the Danube, before 1821 Map by Sebastian Münster, 1544 Novi Sad Belgrade Turnu Severin Calafat A SK H HR A few hundred metres away, at the edge of the palace gardens, the Brigach and the Breg join to form the Danube. The confluence can be reached from the town centre by a leisurely stroll along the Brigach past the Fürstenberg Palace. As the old saying goes, “Brigach und Breg bringen die Donau zu Weg ” (Brigach and Breg unite to form the Danube), and the Danube can be considered a river from here on. A comprehensive programme of renaturation of the two tributaries in 2022 will not only upgrade the con- fluence area and surrounding wetlands ecologically, but also make a lasting contribution to the quality of stay. Confluence of the Breg and the Brigach Linz Vienna Vác Bratislava Budapest

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