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Major Rivers in Germany That Have Become Important Tourist Spots

Rivers in Germany
Several years ago, rivers played a crucial role in the development of civilizations. Today, they play an important role in the development of economies. Some of the major rivers in Germany have contributed to the economy as well as beauty of this European nation.
Abhijit Naik
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2018
Germany has shown the world why a well-developed network of rivers can be considered an asset for a nation. The rivers flowing through this European nation have been instrumental in developing a well-connected network of inland navigation system, which handles a large part of the trade and transportation in the country.

Other than inland navigation, these rivers have been efficiently used for hydroelectricity generation, platforms for recreational activities like boat cruises, and even as national borders at times. More importantly, the rivers flowing through this region have played a crucial role in making it one of the highly biodiverse regions on the planet.
German Rivers and their Tributaries
The network of rivers in Germany is quite dense with some of the major rivers in Europe as well as their tributaries flowing through the country. While some of these rivers originate in the neighboring countries and make their way to Germany, others originate in Germany and flow to the countries in the neighborhood. There also exist some small rivers which begin in Germany and end there. Though they are considerably small, that doesn't make them any less important. Big and small, all these rivers eventually end up emptying themselves into the Baltic Sea, Black Sea, or the North Sea.

Note: Those river tributaries which have been highlighted below are the ones that flow through Germany.
River Danube (Donau)
River Danube
Danube Breakthrough
Source: Black Forest, Germany

Mouth: Danube Delta, Romania (Black Sea)

Length: 1,777 mi

Basin: 315,445 sq mi

Major Tributaries: Tisza (Theiß), Sava, Drava, Morava, Inn, Isar, Lech, and Enns
River Danube
Regensberg, Germany
German Cities:: Ulm, Donauwörth, Ingolstadt, Regensburg, and Straubing

Countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, and Romania

Other than being the longest river in Germany and the second longest in Europe, Danube is the only river which boasts of flowing through the capital cities of four different countries: - Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), and Belgrade (Serbia).
River Rhine (Rhein)
River Rhine
River Rhine
Source: Lake Tomasee and Paradies Glacier in Graubünden, Switzerland

Mouth: The Hook (De Hoek), Rotterdam, Netherlands (North Sea)

Length: 766 mi

Basin: 65,637 sq mi

Major Tributaries: Ill, Neckar, Main, Lahn, Moselle, Ruhr, and Lippe
River Rhine
River Rhine at Colonge
German Cities: Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Leverkusen, Neuss, Düsseldorf, Krefeld, and Duisburg

Countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands

While Lake Tomasee is the primary source of the Rhine, the Paradies Glacier is the secondary source of this river; both are located in Reichenau of Graubünden, Switzerland. With numerous castles along its course, the Rhine is no doubt one of the prime tourist attractions in Europe.
River Elbe
River Elbe
River Elbe near Meissen
Source: Krkonoše Mountains, Czech Republic

Mouth: Brunsbüttel, Germany (North Sea)

Length: 678 mi

Basin: 57,247 sq mi

Major Tributaries: Vltava, Mulde, Saale, Ohře, Schwarze Elster, and Havel.
River Elbe
River Elbe near Dresden
German Cities: Dresden, Wittenberg, Dessau, Magdeburg, Hamburg, and Stade

Countries: Czech Republic and Germany

Back when East and West Germany were two separate nations, Elbe acted as a border between the two. It's also said that the remains of Adolf Hitler were burned by the Soviet KGB agents and thrown in this river in 1970.
River Weser
River Weser
River Weser
Source: Hann. Münden, Germany (Confluence of the Fulda and Werra)

Mouth: Bremerhaven on the east bank and Nordenham on the west bank (Wadden Sea/North Sea)

Length: 281 mi

Basin: 17,879 sq mi

Major Tributaries: Aller, Ulster, Diemel, Lesum, and Geeste.
River Weser
River Weser at Bremen
German Cities: Bremerhaven, Bremen, and Minden

Countries: Germany

At 281 mi, the Weser boasts of being the longest of all those rivers which lie entirely within the German national territory.
River Warnow
River Warnow
River Warnow near Rostock
Source: Mecklenburg, Germany

Mouth: Rostock, Germany (Baltic sea)

Length:: 96 mi

Basin:: 1283 sq mi

Major Tributaries: Nebel
German Cities: Rostock

Countries: Germany

The east and west banks of the Warnow are connected by the 790-m long Warnow Tunnel or Warnowquerung. Opened on September 12, 2003, this was the first toll road in Germany.
German river cruises are famous throughout the world, and that shouldn't really come as a surprise with rivers like the Danube, Rhine, and Elbe to its credit. The river cruise on the Rhine takes you through magnificent cities like Dusseldorf and Cologne, while the Elbe river cruise makes you experience the utmost beauty of cities like Hamburg, Magdeburg, and Dresden. Over the years, these rivers have inspired many works of art, and we can just hope that they will continue to do so for a long tim
Kayakers On The Wild River
Kayakers On The Wild River
Man Surfing At The Eisbach River
Surfing Girl At The Riverwave