Claim to Fame - The Danube River
The great Danube River, which flows almost 1,800 miles across Europe to the Romanian coast of the Black Sea, begins right by here. Several towns in this area, including Donaueschingen, have built wells to claim that their town is the "source" of the Danube River, or Donae River as it's called in Germany. (Note that Donaueshingen appears to be named after this river.)
However, our local friend said these are really just marketing ploys, because the Danube doesn't spring from the ground at all, it is formed by two other rivers joining together, the Brigach and the Breg. It was pretty amazing to think that this water would end up in the distant Black Sea, past Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania!
Bonio in Donaueschingen
We decided to stay here for one night, mostly to see where the river Danube rises.
Found a comfortable hotel, good places for lunch and dinner, a dog show! and enjoyed a walk in the castle grounds as well as the river.
Please take a look at what we did.
The Palace of the Fürstenbergs and the Park
The Fürstenberg family still owns and inhabits the palace. They want to keep it all to themselves. Okay, it is their burrow. On the street side you can walk rather close to it, but this is the ugly side.
The much prettier garden front can only be watched from a distance from beyond the hedge along the river. The garden is all barred and locked, they do not want strangers to enter.
A nice burrow, eh?
There is a bridge into the garden which is closed off by a simple chain. They trust people to respect the line. I could easily walk underneath that chain and enter but... all right.
The big park south of the river belonged to the palace and the Princes, too, but it has been opened to the public. It is a landscape garden in English style with canals and a lake, an island, some statues, many ducks and geese and many feathers and duck droppings. It was nice to walk among the green and find a shady spot to rest but the benches are not very comfortable.