Donaueschingen is known throughout Europe: The Danube, the most important and longest river in Central/ Europe, rises here. The town has a population of just over 20,000 and lies just outside the Black Forest to the east. The beautiful town has a lot more to offer besides the source of the Danube and is ideal for a day trip for holidaymakers in the southern Black Forest.
Places of interest Donaueschingen
The landmark and focal point of the town is the parish church of St. John, which was only built in the 18th century. All the other sights described below are only a few 100 metres away from the church.
Even more famous than the church are the castle, the castle park and especially the Danube spring in the castle park.
The Donauquelle (Danube spring) is a round basin next to Donaueschingen Castle. Here is a spring that many believe is the beginning of the Danube. Other experts believe that the confluence of the two streams Brigach and Breg marks the beginning of the Danube (about 2 km east of Donaueschingen). Whatever the case, the source of the Danube is the symbol of its origin in Donaueschingen. The basin and the figures are worth seeing and were built by the artist Adolf Herr a good 100 years ago.
The large castle park in Donaueschingen is one of the most beautiful in southern Germany and worth an extended walk, especially in summer. Unlike other similar parks, the grass here is a metre or more high in many places. The park looks very natural and is a valuable biotope in the middle of the city.
The large castle of Donaueschingen is the residence of the famous noble Fürstenberg family. The large Fürstenberg brewery is also in the middle of the town. In the brewery inn not far from the castle you can enjoy a good home-cooked meal and taste a beer brewed next door.
Donauessingen Music Festival: Donauessingen is known for its annual music festival, the Donauessinger Music Festival. This contemporary classical music festival attracts musicians and music lovers from all over the world.
Donauessinger Sculpture Trail: Explore the city’s public art on the Donauessinger Sculpture Trail, where sculptures by various artists are on display.
Brigach and Breg: Donaueschingen is not only located on the Danube, but also at the confluence of the Brigach and Breg. Walking along the river you can enjoy the beautiful view of the two tributaries that flow into the Danube.
Donaueschingen Town Hall: The town hall is a famous building in the center of Donaueschingen and worth a visit.
Historic old town: Donaueschingen has a charming old town with well-preserved architecture, including half-timbered houses and picturesque streets. Stroll through the historic old town and experience its charm.
Museum Art.Plus: With contemporary art and special exhibitions, this museum offers a cultural experience for art lovers.
How to get to Donaueschingen
Donaueschingen can be reached by train from Neustadt in the Black Forest. Donaueschingen is a railway junction with trains in many directions.
By car, Donaueschingen can be reached from the southern Black Forest via the B31 trunk road. This runs from Freiburg via Hinterzarten, Titisee and Neustadt to Donaueschingen.