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The Danube River: across Europe

The Danube is the largest western European river with well-established navigation. Barges and dry cargo vessels go along the river during the whole navigation, and motor ships of tourist companies make tours on the Danube in the summer months, from May to September. The river is very picturesque, a gift for lovers of unhurried cruises and travelers who try to visit the maximum number of countries in one go. The Danube is quite suitable for this purpose, ten European countries are on its way.

The states, on the territory of which the Danube River flows, start from Germany, there is the source. The mountains of the German Black Forest give rise to a great river. The birth of the Danube is surrounded by mystery. After about thirty kilometers, the river suddenly disappears. All the water, down to the last drop, goes underground, boils there and rushes to escape through 12 kilometers in the form of a powerful source, which was given the name Aahsky key. In 1876, this key was checked, it turned out that it is fed entirely and completely by water from the source of the Danube.

But the most interesting is that the Aach key gives all the water to the river Radolfzeller Aach, which carries it to Lake Boden, and from this lake the River Rhine originates , which is one of the largest waterways in Germany. Nevertheless, the available water resources are quite enough for the Danube itself. After the turn of the German Regensburg, the river is gaining strength, gradually becoming full and flowing more leisurely. Having crossed Austria and the Vienna hollow, the Danube River flows for a while along the border of Slovakia with Hungary. Rather it becomes a natural border between the two countries on a fairly long stretch. Then, in the Budapest area, it turns abruptly to the south.

Now the path of a remarkable European river lies to the south, on the way the Danube divides the Hungarian capital - Budapest - into two cities, Buda and Pest. I must say that Buda and Pest together with the Danube form one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. The Hungarian capital is also the world capital of therapeutic and health resorts. A lot of thermal springs brought Budapest to one of the first places in the medical recreation industry, and in this city the Blue Danube helped.

After the Danube crosses the southern border of Hungary, it again becomes a natural border between the two countries, this time by Serbia and Croatia. However, soon the Danube River turns steeply to the left, leaves the border and meets the beautiful ancient city of Belgrade. In the same place, the Danube takes one of its main tributaries, the Sava River. Replenishing its strength, it flows further, towards Romania. And again, for the umpteenth time, the Danube River becomes a natural border between the two countries. Throughout the length of contact of the Romanian territory with Bulgaria, the border passes along the Danube channel.

And just a little before reaching the shores of the Black Sea, the Danube River turns north to touch the most extreme southern point of Moldova and walk a bit along the Ukrainian land. It is divided into several branches, forming a classical triangle of the river delta, passes the last few kilometers and quietly pours its tired waters from the long journey into the hospitable Black Sea.

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