(an article by Nick Gibson)
One of Europe’s most well known international waterways, the Danube is a lifeline, a vital shipping route, and an international creative hotspot. This amazing river has been at the heart of European creative and political history for thousands of years.
Today, it’s every bit as important as it historically was. Read on to learn 10 unique and interesting facts from Shearings Holidays and enhance your travel experience on a Danube river cruises.
1. It’s the longest non-Russian river in Europe
Europe’s longest river is the Volga – an incredible 2,294-mile expanse of water that travels across Western Russia. The continent’s second-longest river, however, is the Danube – a 1,777-mile river that travels from Germany to Ukraine.
2. It flows from Germany all the way to the Black Sea
Its incredible length and straightforward West-East direction give the Danube one of the most impressive journeys in history. This remarkable river starts in the Black Forest region of Germany and travels all the way to the Romanian Black Sea coast.
3. It’s a 20th century graveyard for powerful warships
In 1944, sensing defeat was imminent, hundreds of German ships were scuttled in the Danube to avoid capture by the Soviet Union. Today, the warships can be seen from the banks of the Danube during summer, as the river’s water level falls.
4. It passes through or beside ten different countries
As it travels from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube passes through or beside ten different countries. It also passes through some of Central and Eastern Europe’s most important cities, such as Vienna, Budapest, and Belgrade.
5. It’s lined by a series of popular bicycle trails
The Danube is an important local landmark, as well as a popular tourist site. As it travels through major cities, the Danube is lined by hundreds of bicycle trails and walking paths.