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With a length of 2,857 kilometres, the Danube is the second longest river in Europe after the Volga. The Latin name "Danubius" is presumably derived from the Indo-European "dānu" (river). The name Danube applies from the union of the two source rivers Breg and Brigach, which rise in the central Black Forest in the south-west of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It then crosses the large basin landscapes of the northern Alpine foothills and the Vienna Basin (upper reaches), the Pannonian Plain (middle reaches) and the Romanian lowlands (lower reaches). In an extensive delta, the Danube flows into the Black Sea in Romania.

Donau - Schifffahrtsroute Nordsee - Schwarzes Meer

10 Danube countries

Along its course, the river crosses the ten neighbouring countries known as the Danube countries - Germany, Austria, Slovakia (Dunaj), Hungary (Duna), Serbia (Dunav) and Romania (Dunărea) - as well as touching the countries of Croatia (Dunav), Bulgaria (Danube), Moldova (Danube) and Ukraine (Danube) on one side as a border river.

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