Summer School 2015

Navigator: Maria Florutau

Crew: Anca Rujan, Astha Adhikari, Caterina Hall, Freddy Eggleton, Lewis Cox,  Patrick Baker, Queena Tse, Robin D. Burton, Rostislav Sibirtsev, Selly Faraein Binti Mansyur, Virad Kisan, Wanming Ding

This is the page of the German/Austrian group of the UCL Global Citizenship Danube Summer School 2015. Throughout the first two weeks of June, we will explore the culture, history, language, politics and economics of Austria and Germany and track the connections between Danubian German language speakers and London through the media of film, poster and blog. Below are two short videos about sections of the Danube in Germany and Austria respectively. Other, longer, documentaries are available on YouTube, but a particularly interesting one is a 1930s documentary about Austria and the Danube, which includes historical footage and which can be viewed here:

Welcome aboard! Willkommen an Bord!

Germans further down the Danube

Danube Swabians The Danube Swabians (Donauschwaben) is a collective term for the German-speaking population who lived in various countries of south-eastern Europe, especially in the Danube River valley. Most were descended from 18th-century immigrants recruited as colonists to repopulate the area after the expulsion of the Ottoman Empire. Because of different historic developments within the … Continue reading Germans further down the Danube

Oktoberfest – a global phenomenon between tradition and local community

Although Oktoberfest is celebrated annually all around the world, including here in London, it originates from when Prince Ludwig, who later became the King of Bavaria, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12 1810, in Munich. As such, the festival is primarily held in the part of Munich called the ‘Theresienwiese’, which means the … Continue reading Oktoberfest – a global phenomenon between tradition and local community

How far do mascots travel?

Mascots can be a person, animal or created creature considered to give people good fortune. They also represent some cultural and traditional aspects of the group and country and are intended to carry that message of culture across other cultures. The word ‘mascot’ originally comes from French words ‘masco’ or ‘mascotte’ which means sorceress and … Continue reading How far do mascots travel?


When we are looking at the history of Germany and Austria, it is impossible to miss Gründerzeit. Gründerzeit (The Founding Era) started roughly from 1840 to mid-1870s before the great stock market crash of 1873. It is described as the golden period due to the industrialisation in Central Europe. Whilst the political reformed alongside change in … Continue reading Gründerzeit

German Cuisine (Deutsch Küche) – Local history and global fame

German Cuisine (Deutsch Küche) The culinary background in Germany is affected by the varied geography which includes coastal plains, high-altitude mountains and thick forests. Early farmers had to grow what is suitable to the land, which limited their choices since they didn’t have the flexibility to rotate crops the way growers in more forgiving regions … Continue reading German Cuisine (Deutsch Küche) – Local history and global fame

Austrian Cuisine (Österreichische Küche) and its Habsburg tradition

Austria Cuisine is a consequence of its history as a multinational empire, where different kinds of cultures contributed their very own variations. The Habsburg Empire stretched from the borders of Imperial Russia to the Adriatic and consisted of more than 10 nationalities with over 51 million people speaking 16 different languages. Within the last 7 … Continue reading Austrian Cuisine (Österreichische Küche) and its Habsburg tradition

Germany/Austria – The Film 2015

The full film is available to view here: We interviewed six Austrians and South Germans that are currently residing in London. We interviewed them about their attitudes towards the Danube, their experiences with the river, their viewed on its importance and preservation and how Danubian they feel. We also asked them, in relation to their … Continue reading Germany/Austria – The Film 2015