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Tradition and innovation – all about our 100 years' of history

There is no other place where the social and cultural life of the city is so intense and highly focused as in the 'Donauhallen' in Donaueschingen, located in the Black Forest. A lot of celebrities from the world of politics and sports, the economic and culture scene and the show business have already experienced the 'Donauhallen' and thousands connect its name with unforgettable moments. A good reason to take a closer look into the history of the festival hall of Donaueschingen.

2008 Modernization

In 1999, initial plans were made for a comprehensive renovation of the 'Donauhallen'. After the architectural competition for the modernization was announced in 2002, the city's expansion plans in 2006 stirred controversy among the citizens. This led to a citizens' decision, which, however, did not succeed. Following numerous city council and committee meetings, as well as adjustments to the designs, Mayor Thorsten Frei broke ground for the extensive renovation on March 5, 2008. The renovation was planned by the architectural firm Schaudt from Konstanz. The newly renovated 'Donauhallen' were inaugurated on September 11, 2010. The architectural goal was to unite the two existing halls with the new Stravinsky Hall, a foyer landscape, and the new seminar area, creating a cohesive ensemble of halls.

1969 The multipurpose hall becomes the festival hall

In the late 1960s, it became evident that the multipurpose hall no longer met the increased requirements of the international music events. In February 1969, Mayor Robert Schrempp informed the city council that Südwestfunk could not realize many planned performances in the old hall, prompting a quick discussion about renovation. After some back and forth, the city council approved the transformation of the market hall into a festival hall, which was essentially equivalent to a new construction. The new hall, ready for the music events, went into operation on October 18, 1970, without an inauguration ceremony. In the subsequent years, Donauhalle A and B underwent several renovations and modifications. In 1970, Hall C was created with an extension to Hall B. Hall A, now the Mozart Hall, was optimized, especially in terms of sound, acoustics, and stage technology. The foyer was also expanded. In early 1974, the city hall was renamed 'Donauhalle'.

1956 The second festival hall

During a concert on March 20, 1955, the temporary festival hall went up in flames. This fire catastrophe led to plans to relocate the festival hall back to the city center. The idea emerged to convert the market hall, which was put into operation in 1951 at the site of today's Donauhallen, into a multipurpose hall, now known as the Mozart Hall. In addition to its use for livestock markets, it was intended for various events and celebrations. As a replacement for the market hall, Hall B, the current Bartók Hall, was built in the summer of 1956.

1946 Riding Hall

After the end of the war, a temporary solution was implemented. Starting in 1946, the city leased the equestrian hall built in 1823 on Sennhofstraße from the Princely Fürstenberg family and converted it for use as a municipal festival hall. In 1951, a multipurpose hall was erected at the current location of the Donauhalle for cattle and pig markets.

Interior view of the first festival hall

For 46 years, events of all kinds took place here until it was destroyed by Allied aerial bombs on February 22, 1945.

The emergency accomodation 1908

After the major city fire on August 5, 1908, it served as emergency accomodation for homeless families.

1899 - The first festival hall

In 1899, Donaueschingen acquired its first festival hall, which became operational on the old festival hall square.

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Do you look for an extraordinary venue regarding a meeting or a product prensentation, a concert or a congress? Whatever you are going to plan, we are pleased to advise you and your event will be a full success.


Stadt Donaueschingen

D-78166 Donaueschingen

Visitor entrance:
An der Donauhalle 2

Friedrichstraße 3

+49 (0) 771 897819-0


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