The Donau-Auen National Park has enforced collaboration with other protected areas along the Danube for several years already.
One of the constant features is the focus on one of the Danubian countries, rotating annually. For 2009, the Serbian protected area Gornje Podunavlje presents itself in the exhibition “Serbian Carp – Nature, Arts and Traditions in the Vojvodina”. One of the major events this year will also be the Serbian Danube Festival on September 6th.
A new exhibition has been opened recently in another part of the castle, presenting the Danube Floodplains (Dunajske Luhy) in Slovakia, situated between Bratislava and Komárno. It is one of the ecologically richest and most valuable parts of the Danube River, because of its well preserved branch system. The exhibition can be visited until end of August 2009 in Orth Castle, the visitor centre of the Donau-Auen National Park.
Since spring 2008 already, the visitor centre hosts the audio installation “A Sound Map of the Danube”, created by the New Zealand artist Annea Lockwood. Travelling along the Danube, she recorded sounds of the Danubian waters, as well as of the natural surroundings. These are combined into a sound map of the river, with many special stations, where visitors can listen to stories of people living with and on the Danube. The installation has been very popular last year already and is waiting for many more visitors in the new season!