Which river flows through 10 countries, more than any other river in the world?
And the answer: Danube.
Originating in Germany, the Danube River flows through 10 European countries, eventually emptying into the Black Sea in Ukraine. The largest cities on the river are Vienna, Budapest, and Belgrade. The Danube was once a long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, and today it's a popular route for river cruises.
At the heart of European political history lies one body of water: the Danube. For thousands of years, this river has served as an integral waterway for warships, shipping routes, artists, wildlife and more. In fact, the Danube is the longest river in Europe outside of Russia – at a staggering 1,777 miles, the Danube brings culture, goods, and life from Germany to Ukraine.
Like most large bodies of water, the Danube is a graveyard for ships who never quite reached their destination. Most significantly, hundreds of German ships were scuttled in the Danube to avoid capture by the Soviet Union in 1944. Today, the warships can be seen from the banks of the Danube during summer, when the river’s water level falls. And, speaking of water: its immense volume makes the Danube one of Central Europe’s most vital sources of fresh drinking water. The river supplies millions of people with drinking water, particularly residents of the German city Stuttgart.
The Danube is also a hotspot for artists, attracting painters, poets, and creatives from all across the world. The river has featured in Greek legends, Romanian folk songs, and hundreds of modern novels.
Learn more about the Danube's history and impact here.