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Very often tourist routes are dedicated to the seas, cruises from one resort to another and other adventures. A little less often, guests of Europe pay attention to the lakes, which the lands of the Old World are rich in no less than the seas. And even less often, tourists choose cruises in Europe, one way or another dedicated to rivers.
But in addition to the romantic banks of the Seine and the foggy Thames, Europe has thousands of waterways that can well compete with the famous rivers in beauty, fullness and the cities that have appeared on their banks.
The Vipgeo portal invites you to get acquainted with the most beautiful rivers in Europe, which you might not have known about.
The longest river in Europe after our Volga – it is, of course, Danube, flowing through the territory of 10 countries. Many people know that Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade and Bratislava are on its banks, but few people thought that apart from European capitals, this mighty artery unites 90 cities and several hundred small settlements. Many observers call the river – Uniting Danube.
For tourists, boat trips and small motor ships are organized here. Well, fans of extreme sports visit the Danube for European boat races, kayaking and other sporting events.
For an ordinary German Rhine – it's like the Volga or the Don for the Russian. And, despite the fact that the water area of the river covers not only Germany, but also France, Switzerland and even the Netherlands, it is in Germany that this river is treated with that trepidation and love, which allows us to call it a symbol of German lands.
The cultural significance of the Rhine is still maintained in Europe. And Germany here is the capital of one of the brightest events of the year – fireworks festival « Rhine in Flames ».
Whoever calls Scheldt – the soul of Belgium – will be partly right. After all, it is on the banks of this river that two of the most picturesque cities of this European country are located – Ghent and Antwerp. Compared to the Danube and the Volga, it is quite small – the length of the Scheldt is only 450 km, but this did not prevent the waterway from flowing through three countries – Netherlands, Belgium and France.
Among the man-made objects of the Scheldt are the canals, connecting it with the Seine and the Meuse. In addition, almost the entire length of the river is considered navigable – only 110 kilometers of the river are unsuitable for boats and motor ships.
Often Sona is called the main river of French Lyon after the Rhone, although two large rivers meet a little further from the legendary city. What is remarkable about Sona – so it is the unique countryside landscapes. In Lyon itself, only a small section of the Saone flows; the main part of the waterway unites 210 French communes. Admiring this river is better for those who prefer pastoral landscapes and occasional visits to cities.
Where it will be you who will admire the Rhone you decide - or it will be the beautifully built embankments of Lyon with marinas for pleasure boats, or a huge delta on the outskirts of Marseille . 812 km of waterways cover not only France, but also Switzerland. Therefore, you can build a route dedicated to the banks of the Rhone with an eye on visiting two countries at once.
One of the most picturesque tributaries of the Rhine – Moselle – river , which, despite its 500 km length, covers the territory of three countries - Germany, Luxembourg and France.Of course, the place where the Rhine flows into the city of Koblenz is the most popular among tourists, but in small towns and villages in western Germany, the Moselle can please lovers of quiet river walks or rural landscapes.
One of those rivers in Europe that has a double name. In Spain it is called Duero, in Portugal – Douro, and for both countries this river, almost 900 km long, is of great importance. It is at the mouth of the Douro that the city of Porto is located, which gave the name to the westernmost country of mainland Europe, and it is thanks to the deep tributaries of the river in Portugal that the Alto Douro wine region was formed, included in the UNESCO list of Natural Heritage.
Without Guadalquivir there would be no Seville, and without Seville there would be no Andalusia – this is how the Spaniards reason when they talk about one of the largest rivers in the south of the country. For a long time, no one has been embarrassed that the unusual name of the waterway came from the Arabic language, because on the two banks of this river there is one of the brightest and most distinctive Spanish cities, perfectly combining Moorish and European styles.
Guadalquivir is still actively used for shipping. And no serious excursion in Andalusia misses the chance to offer the tourist a small cruise along this picturesque European river.
The majestic Garonne originates in the Spanish Pyrenees, but the main part of this river flows through France. It is on the Garonne that the city of Bordeaux and several other legendary wine-making centers are located. The current state of the river does not allow the development of serious shipping here.
But this is not why tourists from all over Europe come here. The famous fishing on the Garonne is the key goal of thousands of travelers. If they have a fishing license, of course.
Mother- Volga – not only the longest in Europe, but the owner of the largest river delta in Europe. Which of the Volga regions to visit is a topic for a separate conversation, whether to choose a cruise on a motor ship or travel along the banks of the great Russian river is up to a specific tourist, but the Volga's possibilities are enormous.
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Topic: The most unusual and beautiful rivers in Europe.