Donauwörth is a city in Bayern (Bavaria), in the region of Schwaben (Swabia). It’s said to have been founded by 2 fishermen where the Donau (Danube) and Wörnitz rivers meet and is part of the “Romantische Straße” scenic route. It’s situated between München and Nürnberg, some 50 km from Augsburg and is historically important to Germany as the site of one of the incidents leading to the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648). In 1606, the Lutheran majority barred the Catholic residents from holding an annual procession, causing a riot. In 1704, the town was the scene of the Battle of Schellenberg in the War of the Spanish Succession. The Duke of Marlborough was marching from Flanders to Bavaria and came to the Danube. The French decided to make a crossing of the river at Donauwörth, where they were surprised by Marlborough’s troops and after heavy fighting pulled back. This allowed Marlborough to capture Donauwörth and cross the Danube without incident. About 5,000 French troops drowned while trying to escape.