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The Rivers to discover

The Danube

The quiet waters of the Danube flow down from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

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The Rhine

The Rhine rises in the Grisons area of the Swiss Alps and flows into the North Sea after a journey of 1325km through a basin that covers 160,000km2.

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The Doubs

After the Saône, into which it flows, the Doubs is the second longest river in central eastern France.

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Saône

The Saône rises at Vioménil (alt. 392 m) below the cliffs of the Monts Faucilles (in the “departement” of the Vosges), and then flows gently southwards for 480km to join the Rhone at Lyon.

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The Canal du Centre

The Canal du Centre links the town of Chalon-sur-Saône to Digoin, the River Saône to the Loire, and thus the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Loire

The 1012-km Loire is France’s longest river. From its source on Mont Gerbier des Joncs in the Ardèche it heads northwest to Orleans, where it turns due west to flow into the Atlantic Ocean at Saint-Nazaire.

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