Welcome to Danube Day 2021


Due to the various continuing restrictions on public gatherings throughout the Danube River Basin as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, 2021's Danube Day celebrations on and around 29th June 2021 will remain partially changed.

You are all warmly invited to #DiscoverDanube online!

Although it wasn't intended, our motto continues to fit the situation, and our partners throughout the Danube River can still educate and inform you all about the Danube River on and around 29th June 2021. We're happy to answer any and all queries you may have, and our partners all remained involved in Danube Day 2021 despite these small temporary changes to our programme – so please don't hesitate to get in touch with them or us.

The Danube Day poster design for 2021 features our motto "Discover Danube", this time against an ochre background. Keep on the lookout out for our signature Danube Day branded bags too – which were sent out to our partners throughout the Danube River Basin as every year.

What Happened in 2021 (despite the crisis)?

While almost all of our activities had to be different last year in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, our member countries rose to the challenge to keep the Danube Day spirit alive throughout this global crisis. – and continued on in that same spirit here in 2021! Here's a small summary of what happened for this year's Danube Day throughout the Danube River Basin, on and around 29th June:


  • From 25 – 30 June, a Danube Day Festival took place around the scenic town of Nikopol on the banks of the Danube in Northern Bulgaria. It included interactive educational models, concerts, competitions, exhibitions (held in accordance with pandemic safety regulations).
  • Also from 25 - 30 June, another Danube Day festival with interactive educational models, representation of the Danube countries and traditional Bulgarian customs was held in the village of Baykal, also on the banks of the Danube in Northern Bulgaria.
  • Several cleanup events took place on the banks of the Danube to coincide with Danube Day too! They happened up and down the Danube and its tributaries throughout Bulgaria.

Joint Sava Day Celebration

  • On 1st June 2021 the joint celebration of Danube Day and Sava Day took place in 4 countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) on the same day. The main purpose was to mark the high water levels of Sava with a uniform sign, and to encourage critical judgment of and a sense of responsibility in case of floods. Besides the official institutions, local stakeholders are crucial: local population, schools, local government, real estate owners of buildings with the installed high water marks; will all be included in the event.

    Find out more on the event here via the Slovene government website, and see some images from the event below:


  • "When water from Kolpa will reach the Danube: Continuing with action Marking of high water level"
    The main purpose of this action was to encourage critical judgment of one's own and others' actions while raising the individual's sense of responsibility in case of floods. It took place around the Kola River in Slovenia, coinciding with Danube Day in June 2021.

  • Visit www.gov.si/drzavni-organi/ministrstva/ministrstvo-za-okolje-in-prostor for more 


  • Austria created their own dedicated Danube Day website! Visit: www.danubeday.at
  • A new special exhibition will be on display in Vienna throughout Summer 2021 on the Danube Island ('DonauInsel') in the city. Visit the  Donauinsel U1 U-bahn station on Fridays and Saturdays all summer long to #DiscoverDanube! Find out more on www.danubeday.at/danube-day-ausstellung


  • The Serbian Danube Day team created a platform on their website: www.srbijavode.rs, which includes educational short films about the sights of the Danube River, and a quiz for participants to take to test their Danube knowledge.
  • As with every year, the Vode Vojvodine Regatta was scheduled to take place in honour of Danube Day, promoting the Danube-based navigable potential of the Vojvodina province in Serbia. Potential sailors can gain experience in sailing while towns and villages near rivers and canals, and receive incentives for tourism development in the region. Unfortunately, this year’s regatta was once again postponed due to coronavirus pandemic – visit www.vodevojvodine.com to find out more
  • PWMC “Srbijavode” is making  video about "Roman heritage on the banks of the Danube"! This is to celebrate Roman Heritage in the region on the event of Danube Day. The remains and heritage of Ancient Rome on the banks of the Danube form makes an important part of cultural layer of the Serbian Danube region, the video will show the most important seats of the Roman legions such as Viminacium, Tabula Traiana, Trajan's bridge etc. Visit www.srbijavode.rs, or follow the on YouTube and Instagram to find out more.


  • The Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests, National Administration “Romanian Waters” and all 11 Water Basin Administration published press releases in the local and national media to promote the importance of the Danube River in our lives, for us and the aquatic ecosystems. 
  • Banat Water Basin Administration participated in a large cleaning water action. On June 29, Ebisu - the first waste collection boat in Europe, 100% electric, arrived in Orșova, in the Gulf of Cerna. In total, over 110 bags, representing 900 kg of waste, were collected in 5 hours, from the water, in a greening event, held within the program "We act for Water!", initiated by Act for Tomorrow in partnership with Kaufland Romania, the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests and the National Administration ”Romanian Waters”. Read more here (Romanian Language Only.

  • The Crisuri Water Basin Administration organized several different activities dedicated to Danube Day 2021: in Beius County the children from Aquarium Club have participated in an ecological workshop dedicated to the little ecologists and a painting exhibition; it was organized for all children a visit to Surplacu de Barcau reservoir for an open lesson related to the quality water importance.  The event was attended by 75 children.

  • On 28 June, the Arges Vedea Water Basin Administration and Teleorman Water Management System organized an open lesson dedicated to the Danube Day, with children from the Primary School “Stefan cel Mare” - Alexandria City. They attended a demonstration of water quality testing exercise in the Water Quality Laboratory and there was organized a competition having the water protection as subject.

  • Danube Day 2021 has been celebrated in Galati city, at the Natural Science Museum “Rasvan Angheluta” through a special program, called Rediscover the Danube through photography and dance.

  • Dobrogea Litoral Water Basin Administration through the Tulcea Water Management System has organized a large trash/waste collections action on the seashore sectors of the Black Sea, in the Gura Portitei area (cca 5 square km). Also were organised evens with the support of local authorities in Dunavatu de Jos.

  • County Council of Braila, Braila City Hall, Let’s Do it Romania Association, Braila Mall,  Popular School “Vespasian Lungu”, Alexandri School from Braila organised different activities as painting exhibitions, dancing contests.

  • Calarasi City Hall in collaboration with the Ivan Patzaichin Association – Milla 23 organized the 8th edition of the Danube Day. A lot of activities took place with the involvement of Children’’s Palace Calarasi, County Center Calarasi, AJVPS Calarasi  as a canoe competition, sport-fishing competitions, thematic workshops for the children and a culinary festival. More than 40 children participated in these events.


  • “Young and old, all lovers of the Danube, enthusiastically and with great interest took part in this year's unconventional celebrations”
  • An on-line event reached over 12,000 people (boosted via Facebook & radio)

  • Between 80 and 90 participants took place at an on-site event at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, which included a myriad of Danube-related activities and music for families.

  • Additionally, a special Danube Day poem by Sándor Erd őss was published on the Duna Nap facebook page (link)


  • Yes, Albania! It's a little known fact that Albania is in fact home to a (relatively small) section of the Danube River Basin. The Vermosh river is the only river in Albania that does not flow into the Adriatic Sea and, unlike other rivers, it flows from West to East. Along with its 2 tributaries – the Lëpushë and the Greben – it is also part of the Danube basin!
  • Albania joined the celebrations for Danube Day 2021 with an activity themed appropriately: Dialogue on trans-boundary rivers – a case study on Danube and Drin: Vermoshi River – part of the large Danube River basin.
  • See a short clip (in Albanian language) about this event and the Albanian section of the Danube River Basin online here.

Danube Adventure Game

Why not get 'active for the Danube' at home, and try out the Danube Adventure Game now?








  • Danube Day 2018 in Ukraine: children celebrating the Tisza rivers in Kvasovo © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Danube Day 2018 in Ukraine: medieval festivities at the site of Kvasovo Castle on the Tisza © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Danube Day 2018 in Moldova: celebrating age-old Danube traditions at the southern tip of the country © Dumitru Drumea
  • Danube Day 2018 in Romania: the children's event led by the Arges Vedea Water Basin Administration was one of 60 actions in the country © WBA Arges-Vedea
  • Danube Day 2018 in Romania: Ioan Denes, Minister for Waters and Forests at the children's event in Orșova city © WBA Banat
  • Danube Day 2018 in Rousse, Bulgaria: 200 musicians come together for a Danube Day concert at the State Opera House.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Persina, Bulgaria: celebrating 7 years of the WWF-ICPDR-Coca-Cola Living Danube Partnership © WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme
  • Danube Day 2018 in Montenegro organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Zabljak Tourist Organisation.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Serbia: getting ready to send their 'water-mail' messages of Danube solidarity to downstream countries.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: a trip to the Bosna river fosters enthusiasm for river conservation © Ekotim
  • Danube Day 2018 in Croatia: community action in Ilok led by Hrvatske vode, local groups and Coca-Cola HBC.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Slovenia: tackling barriers to sustainable water management at the Bled Water Festival © BWF / Jaka Valjavec
  • Joint Hungarian-Serbian Danube Day 2018 in Érsekcsanád, near Baja: ICPDR Executive Secretary Ivan Zavadksy © General Directorate of Water Management
  • Joint Hungarian-Serbian Danube Day 2018 in Érsekcsanád: preparing the fish soup © General Directorate of Water Management
  • Danube Day 2018 in Érsekcsanád, Hungary: the culmination of a two-day festival organised by the General Directorate of Water Management of Hungary and the South-Transdanubian Water Management Directorate © General Directorate of Water Management
  • Danube Day 2018 in Bratislava: explaining the why and how of water conservation to children at the Ministry of Environment © Ministry of the Environment
  • Danube Day 2018 in Gabčíkovo, Slovakia: river cruises, rescue demonstrations and family entertainment topped the bill © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Danube Day 2018 in Vienna: one thousand children enjoyed a day of eco challenges, fascinating facts, creatures, crafts and competitions © BMNT / Paul Gruber
  • Danube Day 2018 in Austria: marking 24 years of basin-wide cooperation at the Vienna International Centre.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Prague: engaging the next generation at the Czech Water Research Institute Open Day.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Bavaria, Germany: Dr Marcel Huber, Bavarian State Minister, signs a declaration creating a ‘people-free’ Danube island in Neuburg.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Ulm / Neu Ulm, Germany: learning about rivers with 'hands-on' and 'feet-in' exhibits at the Danube Festival! © Ute Hellstern / RPT
  • Danube Day 2018 in Ulm / Neu Ulm, Germany: the International Danube Festival opened with a parade of 650 flags representing Danube diversity © Donaubüro
  • Danube Day 2017 in Germany: young Bavarian winners of the Danube Art Master contest in Schloss Grünau.
  • Danube Day 2017 in the Czech Republic: learning about rivers in Mosty u Jablunkova's 'Children's Challenge' © Veronika Matuszná
  • Danube Day 2017 in Austria: Cheering for rivers in Vienna's Stadtpark festival © Danube Day Austria
  • Danube Day 2017 in Slovakia: celebrating traditions in Gabčíkovo © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Danube Day 2017 in Hungary: Helping to restock the Danube with sterlets at Children's Island in Budapest © Hungarian Ministry of Interior
  • Danube Day 2017 in Slovenia: Pupils from Rodica school winning top prize for their wastewater project at the Bled Water Festival © BWF Archive
  • Danube Day 2017 in Croatia: Ministry and city officials get active in the Vukovar river clean-up © Grad Vukovar⁄ Miroslav Šlafhauzer
  • International winner of the Danube Art Master contest for 2017: 'Bridge' by students from Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Danube Day 2017 in Serbia: Helping to conserve sturgeon in Prahovo © WWF Serbia
  • Danube Day 2017 in Moldova: Celebrating Danube traditions in Djurdjulesti © Dumitru Drumea
  • Danube Day 2017 in Romania: Inspiring the next generation to get active for the Danube rivers © WBA Arges
  • Danube Day 2017 in Bulgaria: Enough soup for everyone at the Danube Fish Cook-Off.
  • Ukrainian-Romanian Danube Day 2017 in Tyachiv: Sharing Romanian traditions at the cross-border festival © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Joint Ukrainian-Hungarian Danube Day in 2016: the Zakarpattya National Chorus © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Joint Hungarian-Ukrainian Danube Day in 2016: taste-testing the ultimate local fish soup!
  • Danube Day 2016 in Moldova: festivities in Cahul.
  • Danube Day 2016 in Romania: enjoying a lesson on water science in Craiova © WBA Jiu
  • Danube Day 2016 in Bulgaria: water testing workshop for teenagers in Baykal.
  • Danube Day 2016 in Serbia: getting active for the rivers by clearing bankside litter in Donji Milanovac © Donji Milanovac Tourist Organisation
  • Danube Day 2016 in Slovenia: cyclists from the four Sava countries completed an epic 900 km trip to spread awareness of Danube and Sava rivers.
  • Danube Day 2016 in Hungary: Budapest children restocking the Danube with sterlets!
  • Danube Day 2016 in Slovakia: inspiring children with hands-on science at the Environment Ministry in Bratislava © Tomas Hajdin / VUVH
  • Danube Day 2016 in Austria: Working together to construct a mobile flood defence barrier at Vienna's Danube Day © Danube Day Austria
  • Danube Day 2016 in the Czech Republic: proud Moravian artists in Mosty u Jablunkova © Mostík Family Centre
  • Danube Day 2016 in Germany: Danube flag parade at the opening of the International Danube Festival in Ulm © Donaubüro Ulm/Neu-Ulm
  • Danube Day 2015 in Germany: opening ceremony in Bavaria attended by the Bavarian Environment Minister Ulrike Scharf © Bavarian Ministry of the Environment & Consumer Protection
  • Danube Day 2015 in Austria: Federal Ministers, Jörg Leichtfried (left) and Andrä Rupprechter (right), and Vienna Environment Councillor, Ulli Sima, with Viennese pupils © Danube Day Austria
  • Danube Day 2015 in Slovakia: central celebration © Vodohospodárska výstavba, š.p.
  • Danube Day 2015 in Croatia: Dražen Kurečić, 2015 ICPDR President
  • Hungary's 2015 Danube Art Master
  • Danube Day 2015 in Serbia: festivities in Odzaci
  • 2015 winner of the international Danube Art Master: Black Swan from Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Danube Day 2015 in Romania: Collecting rubbish on the Crisul Repede © Bogdan Ghita / ABA Crisuri
  • Bulgaria's Danube Art Master 2015
  • 'Disappointed Fisherman', an entry in Moldova's 2015 Danube Art Master competition
  • Danube Day 2015 in Ukraine: dressed for a Grand Danube Masquerade
  • Danube Day 2014 in Ukraine: Kvasovo children map-out their country united by rivers © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Danube Day 2014 in Moldova: Deputy Minister Lazar Chirica awards young artists.
  • Danube Day 2014 in Bulgaria: superb spectacle at Persina Natural Park.
  • Danube Day 2014 in Romania: festivities led by Eşelnita Commune Hall & Cazanele Dunării NGO © ABA Jiu
  • Danube Art Master 2014 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: prize winner, Ena Havic, and her family © Ekotim
  • Danube Day 2014 in Slovenia: exploring water & energy in the Ministry/Coca-Cola HBC Slovenia ‘You’re My River’ contest © Moja Reka Slovenia
  • Danube Day 2014 in Hungary: Péter Kovács (State Secretary for Water) & Imre Hoffmann (Deputy State Secretary for Public Employment) at the Danube seminar in the Ministry of the Interior © Csattos Pál
  • Danube Day 2014 in Slovakia © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Danube Day 2014 in Austria: from right: Ivan Zavadsky (ICPDR); Doris Bures (Minister for Transport); Reinhard Mang (General Secretary of the Lebensministerium); Ulli Sima (Vienna Environment Councillor) & Karin Zipperer (Hafen Wien) © Danube Day Austria/Matthias Hombauer
  • Danube Day in Serbia
  • Danube Day 2013 in Ulm, Germany © Anna Brugger / Danube Office
  • Winning entry in the 2013 Czech Danube Art Master competition
  • Danube Day 2013 in Vienna © Danube Day Austria / Matthias Hombauer
  • Facing the Danube Challenge in Austria! © Foto Andi Bruckner www.andibruckner.com
  • Danube Day 2013 in Budapest © www.kormany.hu / Árvai Károly
  • Danube Day 2013 in Budapest © www.kormany.hu / Árvai Károly
  • Danube Day 2013 in Slovakia © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Slovenia's 2013 Moja reka competition
  • 2013 Danube Art Master entrants from Slovenia
  • Danube Day 2013 in Croatia © Zeleni Osijek
  • Danube Day 2014 in the Czech Republic: staff from the Water Protection Dept. say goodbye to the ‘Danube Day Fish United Flag’ as it continues its 14-year journey through the Basin.
  • Danube Day in Hungary
  • Winning entry in the 2013 international Danube Art Master competition - from Croatia
  • Danube Day 2013 in Belgrade
  • Danube Day 2013 in Bosnia-Herzegovina © Ekotim
  • Danube Day 2013 in Romania © ABA Crisuri
  • Danube Day 2013 in Romania © ABA Arges-Vedea
  • Danube Day 2013 in Baykal, Bulgaria © DRBD
  • Danube Day in Moldova
  • Danube Day in Ukraine
  • Clearing the Borzhava on Danube Day 2013 in Ukraine © Andriy Bublik / Coca-Cola Beverages
  • Danube Day in Ukraine
  • 2019 ICPDR President Kovacs at Danube Day in Hungary
  • Sava Youth Parliament at Danube Day 2019 in Slovenia
  • Joint Sava & Danube Day celebrations in Slovenia, 2021
  • Joint Sava & Danube Day celebrations in Slovenia, 2021
  • At the Aquarium Club picture exhibition in Beius County, Romania, 2021
  • Little ecologists in Beius County, Romania, 2021
  • Cleaning activity at the Black Sea, Romania, 2021
  • Danube Day 2021 Workshop, Romania
  • At the Aquarium Club picture exhibition in Beius County, Romania 2021
  • At the Aquarium Club picture exhibition in Beius County, Romania, 2021
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary