From time immemorial, the Danube has been a transport and trade route, a border and a bond uniting nations, a place of encounter and a fateful river at the same time. Although the Danube region is full of contrasts and has a past historically rich in conflict, the river has always struck a balance between the different nations, religions and cultures. Particularly after the shift of power in Europe, the collapse of the Iron Curtain and finally the enlargement of the European Union, the Danube has become a uniting bond joining together cities and regions in an area with a population of more than 200 million, stretching far beyond today's EU borders.
The DonauHanse project, which was financed by the European Commission under the INTERREG IIIB CADSES programme, builds on this concept by promoting large-scale co-operation among the people living in this region.
From January 2003 until December 2006, the City of Vienna, the Federal Austrian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour, the Business Region Danube Cities Working Group and Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH worked towards a common goal - to establish a network of cities which provides sound solutions to similar problems with the greatest possible benefit for all participating cities and regions along the Danube. A closer look at the tourist services and activities offered in the Danube region reveals new development potentials for Danube tourism and opens up new opportunities and future-oriented prospects in the field of soft tourism for all project partners.
January 2005 - December 2006