Tradition and modern day are brilliantly combined in the Donaueschingen cultural scene. The "Donaueschinger Musiktage" is a traditional and established festival for new music that takes place every October and owes its origins to the Society of Friends of Music ("Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde"). It will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. The Strawinsky Hall at the Donauhallen is a concert hall par excellence for chamber music concerts. The HörBa(a)r Festival offers a diverse programme for enthusiasts of classical and contemporary music, cabaret and children’s programmes.
You can experience a more energetic side with the art nouveau-style buildings in the town centre, events such as the Rock’n’Roll Jamboree, the Donaueschinger Night of Music or the HerbstFest autumn festival. The Alter Festhallenplatz, the Karlstrasse road, the Hanselbrunnenplatz square and the various pubs, bars and restaurants all turn into a large festival and roaming area for hundreds of visitors.
Along with music, contemporary art has become well-established in Donaueschingen, not least because of the numerous sculptures. Bonifatius Stirnberg’s ‘Musicians’ Fountain’ on the town hall square is one of the most photographed tourist attractions. Stefan Rohrer's exploding VW beetle (‘Flower Power’) on the Armin-Köhler-Platz in front of the Donauhallen and the monumental ‘New Music Donaueschingen’ steel sculpture by Hans Koppenhöfer in the Donaueschingen Palace Gardens shape the appearance of Donaueschingen. Every two years, the Donaueschinger Regionale art exhibition takes place in the Donauhallen Bartók Hall.
Donaueschingen teams up with the neighbouring towns of Hüfingen and Bräunlingen for ‘International Museum Day’ where it showcases its museums and historical sites. ‘Four towns - one book’ is a community project by the Quellregion Donau association.