The Danube River is a very important river in Europe and is the longest river in the European Union. The Danube stretches from German through 4 country capitals, several different countries and eventually ends in the Black Sea. It is on the border of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and the Ukraine.
The Danube River can be divided into three different sections. The upper section of the river runs from its start to the Devin gate. The next section, the middle section, runs from Devin gate to the Iron Gate and the last section, the lower section, runs from the Iron Gate to Sulina.
The river is deep enough for large ocean liners to travel into Romania. Once you have reached Braila you need to change to smaller ships which can take you into Bavaria. Finally you will need to switch to an even smaller boat at kelheim go by river into Germany.
There are several islands in the Danube River. Some of these islands are Donauinsel, Island of Sarengrad, Great War island, Vardin Island, Ostro, Margaret Island, Island of Vukivar, Great Braila island, Csepel Island, Belene island, Balta Ialomitei and Ada Kaleh.
In the 1990s the Danube River was connected to the Trans European waterway due to the construction of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal. This canal provides a link form the black sea to the North Sea. Because the Danube is used for commercial purposes it is also part of the European transport corridor. Three man made waterways on the Danube include the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, Danube-black canal and the Danube-Tisa-Danube canal.
The Danube River and its tributaries and ground water are all protected by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. This commission is made up of 14 countries that are devoting to conserving and providing sustainable management of the river.