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The Danube in Budapest
The Donauquelle, the source spring of the Danube

The Danube is the second largest river in Europe, after the Volga in Icons-flag-ru.png Russia. With a length of 2,850 kilometers,[1] it starts in Icons-flag-de.png Germany at the spring called the Donauquelle, flows through the Icons-flag-at.png Austrian capital Vienna, through the Icons-flag-sk.png Slovakian border, through the Icons-flag-hu.png Hungarian capital of Budapest, down to Icons-flag-rs.png Serbia, the Icons-flag-bg.png Bulgarian-Icons-flag-ro.png Romanian border, and finally draining into the Black Sea at the border between Icons-flag-md.png Moldova and Icons-flag-ua.png Ukraine.

The river is best known for being the topic of a musical poem by Johann Strauss II named "The Blue Danube" (German: An der schönen blauen Donau).

Drainage Basin[edit]

In addition to the already-mentioned countries that the Danube passes through, its drainage basin also includes regions of nine other countries:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (4.6%)
  • Icons-flag-cz.png Czech Republic (2.9%)
  • Icons-flag-si.png Slovenia (2.0%)
  • Icons-flag-me.png Montenegro (0.9%)
  • Icons-flag-ch.png Switzerland (0.2%)
  • Icons-flag-it.png Italy (<0.1%)
  • Icons-flag-pl.png Poland (<0.1%)
  • Icons-flag-mk.png Macedonia (<0.1%)
  • Icons-flag-al.png Albania (<0.1%)[2]

See also[edit]


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