Donaueschingen has a great deal to offer: an impressive history, unique scenery, tourist highlights, a versatile cultural programme, and dynamic industry. Donaueschingen is particularly proud to be a base for the Franco-German Brigade.
History of the garrison town of Donaueschingen
Donaueschingen has been a garrison town since 1913.
The arrival of the French 110th Infantry Regiment in Donaueschingen was celebrated on July 1, 1964. In 1990, the barracks in Donaueschingen were used by both German and French soldiers for the first time. Donaueschingen became a base for the Franco-German Brigade. Since 1993, Donaueschingen has been home to both the German 292nd Light Infantry Battalion and the French 110th Infantry Regiment.
Significance of the Franco-German Brigade for Donaueschingen
Since its establishment in 1989, the Franco-German Brigade has become an important symbol of military policy, and an expression of the close friendship between the two nations. The Franco-German Brigade assumes important international missions to restore safety in crisis regions. Donaueschingen is proud to be a binational garrison town. Besides all the economic aspects, the Franco-German Brigade primarily plays an important role in the cultural and social life of our town.
The Brigade’s soldiers show on a daily basis that understanding between nations and binational cooperation can take place without a hitch and prove beneficial for both sides. The members of the military unit and their families are well integrated into our town’s communal and social life. Particularly the children and young people from both nations have countless opportunities to meet: a Franco-German kindergarten funded by the town, partnerships between the French and German schools and much more underline just this. An active Franco-German society and countless French military personnel within our clubs demonstrate the Brigade’s integration into civil society. We consider it a great enrichment and opportunity to be able to cross the road and find ourselves in France, so to speak.