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The Danube

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

Inexhaustible source of inspiration

The quiet waters of the Danube flow down from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Its 2,850-km journey takes the river across Germany, through Austria and Vienna to Slovakia and Bratislava, and then into Hungary, where it splits the capital into its two constituent parts, Buda and Pest. Continuing through Croatia and Serbia, it goes through the cities of Novi Sad, in the province of Voivodine, and then Belgrade. Below Belgrade, the river runs between the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and the Balkans of Yugoslavia, carving its way through the Iron Gates, a narrow valley with a once fearsome reputation, as it is here that the Danube unleashes all its power. From the Iron Gates to Silistra, where it turns north and then west to join the Black Sea in a three-pronged delta, the Danube forms the border between Bulgaria and Romania.

As the second biggest river in Europe (after the Volga) it has also left its mark on the culture of the countries it crosses. From Ovid to Claudio Magris and from Johann Strauss to the unknown authors of fables and legends, the Danube has been a source of inspiration since Antiquity.