On the 29th of June each year, the 14 countries of the Danube Basin jointly celebrate one of Europe's greatest river systems and the people and wildlife that rely on it.
Europe’s second largest waterway connects Central and Eastern Europe, flowing over 1,700 miles through ten countries—that’s more nations than any other river in the world. The Danube has had a front-row seat to some of Europe’s most significant moments in history and is home to four glittering capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade—plus numerous fascinating and legendary cities like Regensburg, Linz, Mohács, Vukovar, Ilok and Novi Sad. A wide variety of diverse flora and fauna (over 5,000) live here, including 331 different types of birds, such as the White-tailed Eagle and Pygmy Cormorant. Along with the diverse ecosystem, the Danube is a source of drinking water and life for twenty million people. And of course, the river is a source of income for many residents, who make their living along the waterway.
The millions that live here take pride in the Danube’s history and everlasting allure. And so, once a year, the countries of the Danube get together to participate in a multi-nation celebration of this magnificent river.
The 2020 Danube Day theme is Discover Danube!
Discover more about Danube Day here.