The Danube Swabian Central Museum is the only museum in Germany that presents the history of the Danube Swabians comprehensively and on a scientific basis. The DZM is actively involved in the German and Southeast European museum landscape and carries out projects with partner museums. The collection, which is continuously being expanded, serves as a material "storeroom" of Danube Swabian culture and history.

300 years of Danube Swabians


The history of the Danube Swabians is an example of European migration and lived diversity. It is of lasting relevance.

A German minority in south-eastern Europe is referred to as Donauschwaben. Their ancestors migrated in the 18. and Moved to Hungary in the 19th century, recruited by the local landlords and the Viennese court. The museum shows their life in the multi-ethnic region on the Danube on 1,000 square meters. But it also illustrates the consequences of nationalism and forced migration in the 20th century. In this way, the DZM wants to make a contribution to understanding in Europe.

Danube. River stories


After the extensive modernization of the museum in 2022, a second exhibition will show the diversity of the Danube and the Danube region on 500 square meters. Young and old visitors can explore the great European river, on which the settlement areas of the Danube Swabians are also located, in 22 stories.

Exhibitions and events


In addition to the permanent exhibition, the Danube Swabian Central Museum shows several changing exhibitions every year. These are historical or cultural-historical exhibitions, partly with cooperation partners from south-eastern Europe, partly also art exhibitions. They give an insight into art, politics, regional studies, history and folklore of the Danube Swabians and their neighbors. The main topics are coexistence in multiethnic areas, aspects of cultural diversity and integration, loss of home and culture of remembrance.

In addition, the museum is also a venue for readings, lectures and seminars and a meeting place, for example the Café Budapest on International Museum Day.

collection and depot


The heart of the museum is its collection, which includes everyday objects, photographs, documents and works of art spanning more than three centuries. Here the cultural assets from the Danube Swabian settlement areas are preserved, researched and made accessible.

A look at the depot

The museum now has a collection of over 50,000 exhibits, only a small part of which can be seen in the permanent exhibitions. The collection, which is continuously being expanded, serves as a material “storeroom” of Danube Swabian culture and history.

history of the museum


After a five-year development phase, the museum was opened on July 8, 2000. The main idea behind the exhibition concept was to embed the history of the Danube Swabians in the geographical and historical context of southeastern Europe. In a historical tour, important stations in Danube Swabian history are presented in 13 themed rooms: from emigration to Hungary to living together in villages and towns to political changes in the 20th century.

With an extensive renovation, the exhibition was updated and modernized in the years 2018 to 2022. Since then, the permanent exhibition “Donau. river stories”

Since the opening, the DZM has been actively involved in the German and Southeast European museum landscape and carried out numerous projects with partner institutions. The museum has formal partnerships with museums in Satu Mare/Satu Mare, Arad, Timisoara/Timișoara and Reschitza/Reșiţa (all Romania), Novi Sad (isn’t Sombor missing here?) (Serbia) and Pécs (Hungary). In addition to the numerous local hometowns of the Danube Swabians, which are mostly run by hometown communities, the DZM deals with all Danube Swabian settlement areas between Budapest and Belgrade.

The Foundation


The DZM is operated by the foundation of the same name, which in turn is supported by the city of Ulm, the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Republic of Germany and the four Danube Swabian regional teams. It is the only museum in Germany that presents the history of the Danube Swabians comprehensively and on a scientific basis. The basis for public funding is the law on the affairs of displaced persons and refugees (Federal Displaced Persons Act – BVFG). There it is regulated that the federal government and the federal states should preserve the cultural assets of the displaced areas in the awareness of the displaced persons and refugees, the entire German people and abroad.

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