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The Danube River

danuberiverThe Danube is the longest river in the European Union and Europe's second longest river. It originates in the Black Forest in Germany as two smaller rivers (the Brigach and the Breg) which join at Donaueschingen; it is from this point that it is known as the Danube. The river flows eastwards for a distance of some 2,850 km (1,771 miles), passing through several Central and Eastern European capitals, before emptying into the Black Sea via the Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine.

The Danube has been an important international waterway for centuries, as it remains today. Known to history as one of the long-standing frontiers of the Roman Empire, the river flows through (or forms a part of the borders of) ten countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. 

 
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