County of Dillingen/Donau

Locals and visitors alike experience the county of Dillingen/Donau as a robust economic venue, an ecological role model – and a warm, welcoming, inviting place.




Nestled between the outlying spurs of Schwäbische Alb (the Swabian mountains) to the north and the northernmost foothills of the Alps to the south, the county of Dillingen/Donau occupies a space of 792 km2. The Danube, the biggest river in Central Europe (called "Donau" in German), runs through it from west to east. An enviable quality of life, a diverse array of cultural offerings and a varied topography hosting all kinds of opportunities for leisure and recreation are the characteristic features of the county of Dillingen/Donau. Apart from Dillingen/Donau itself, formerly a prominent prince-bishop's residence and university city (dubbed "Swabia's Rome"), the county harbors many historic places of interest. Examples include the ducal renaissance palace in Höchstädt/Donau and the Lutheran Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church) in Haunsheim.

The natural geography of the region and its rich cultural heritage have made the county of Dillingen/Donau what it is today. For families with children and water sports enthusiasts, an intricate mosaic of several hundred natural lakes provides the ideal way to get away from it all. For cyclists, the unique combination of Alpine foothills, the Danube valley and the Swabian mountains makes the county a veritable El Dorado. More than 620 km of cycle paths, including the Danube trail (one of the best known cycling paths in Europe), open up the farthest reaches of the county. As if all that were not enough, the county has also been a designated E-Bike Region since 2011. A stretch of the Way of St. James and a hiking trail around the southern extremity of the Swabian mountains form the backbone of numerous magnificently appointed hikes in the region.

Bicycling © County of Dillingen

The county of Dillingen/Donau is playing a pioneering role in the use of renewable energy. Well over 100 percent of all the electricity consumed by private households, the corporate community and the public sector in the county has for some years been generated from renewable sources. In 2011, some 165 GWh of thermal energy was generated from wood, biomass, solar energy and geothermal energy. This benchmark means that the county of Dillingen/Donau is currently using 27 percent of the overall potential for renewable energy identified by a study conducted in 2012. If it continues to develop these renewable energy sources, the county has every chance of becoming one of the first counties in Bavaria to be completely energy-independent. As it moves toward this goal, the county of Dillingen/Donau has, for example, set up a Swabian information center for renewable energy. The center is affiliated to the local government-run Lauingen (Donau) vocational school.

The county of Dillingen/Donau is an attractive economic and cultural area – and quite simply a great place to live. It has a bright future and is already benefiting handsomely from the structural transition and economic upswing that are transforming Bavaria into a high-tech hub.

Mainstays of this upswing include leading companies in innovative growth industries, the exceptional diversity of the sectoral landscape and a very low unemployment rate. Within this broad spectrum of industries, mechatronics is a strong focal point, accounting for about a fifth of all socially insured jobs in the county. Sustainable, long-term moves to expand the traffic infrastructure have successfully improved links to the major economic hubs in Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Ulm. The county of Dillingen/Donau has also clearly understood the vital importance of safeguarding an adequate pool of suitably qualified and specialized labor to ensure the sustainability of this flourishing economic location. Accordingly, an extensive portfolio of schools and vocational training facilities has become a stand-out feature of the county. In the Bertelsmann Foundation's recent "German atlas of learning", the county of Dillingen/Donau thus won first prize nationwide for "vocational learning" in the category "surrounding rural areas". True to its conviction that "education builds the future", the county began investing in the modernization and sustainability of its educational facilities in 2009. By 2018, the total investment amount will rise to over 85 million euros. Big-name players in the county include BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Josef Gartner GmbH, the Same-Deutz-Fahr Group, Grünbeck Wasseraufbereitung GmbH, Gropper Dairy and mail-order company Erwin Müller.

Impressions of Dillingen/Donau

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Who to contact

Peter Hurler

Dillingen/Donau County Administration Office
County Commissioner's Office/
Press and PR Officer

Phone: +49 (0)9071 51-138

Christian Weber

Dillingen/Donau County Administration Office
Economic Development/
County Development

Phone: +49 (0)9071 51-248