The history of Bavaria, punctuated by walled towns and medieval castles, dates back to the 6th century, surviving the Roman Empire to become an independent state within Germany. Strategically important as a means of transport and trade for centuries, the Danube River stretches from Germany’s Black Forest through Europe’s central and eastern regions to the Black Sea. Along the way, UNESCO World Heritage Sites include places in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Romania. The Bund Nature Conservation rescues animals, plants, and landscapes throughout Bavaria, working with environmental educators who share the same vision. We support its efforts to conserve the Bund’s eco- logical practices, cultural diversity, and environmentally safe habitat along the Danube River.