It’s not just any river that has its own festival, but then the Danube isn’t just any river. In a large-scale, national and cross-national day of festivities, Danube Day is celebrated by the residents of over ten European countries on June 29.
Millions of travelers flock to the mighty Danube River every year — but have you ever wondered why?
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.
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. Partygoers celebrate with such entertainment as cook-offs, live music, photo competitions, delicious food, horse riding and archery. These celebrations are always a fun, festive way to enjoy time with friends and family and feel connected to both local communities and those across borders.