Rivers are part of the landscape of Europe as well as its economy and history. Life passed around these streams of water where different civilizations have arisen over time. The hydrographic network of the old continent has very important rivers that have inspired poets and painters of different generations. Today we tell you which are the most important rivers in Europe.
Many of the most important rivers in Europe are located in the northern half. Many of them pass through different countries or just one, in the case of Russia.
It has its source in Germany, in the Black Forest, it crosses a total of ten countries (Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Austria, Ukraine and Moldova) to flow into the Black Sea, where a delta is formed river rich in flora and fauna that is considered a biosphere reserve as it is the best preserved in all of Europe.
It is the second longest river on the continent after the Volga with a length of 2.888 km and an average flow of 6.500m³ / s. In addition, it passes through four capitals: Vienna, where we can find one of the most important canals; Bratislava, Belgrade and Budapest.
The Volga River is the longest and mightiest river in Europe with 3.645 km and an average flow of 8.000 m³ / s. It rises in the Valdai Hills at an altitude of 228 meters, crosses southern Russia and empties into the Caspian Sea. It is known as "The Little Sea of Russia" and despite the pollution problems, this river is home to a large number of fauna. Some of the animals that live here are the beluga, the lamprey, the pelican, the pink flamingo, the seal or the sturgeon, a species famous for caviar.
The river Rhine has its source in the Swiss Alps and empties into the North Sea, forming a delta together with the river Meuse. Throughout its 1.233 km it runs through six countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands) with an average flow of 2.100 m³ / s.
The River Rhine is also home to more than 50 different animal species, including fish such as barbel, lamprey, and common trout.
It is one of the most famous in Europe as it is a source of inspiration for the artists of the continent, although it only passes through France. It is born in Côte d´Or and has its mouth in the English Channel with a length of 776 km and a flow of 500 m³ / s.
Most of the River Seine is navigable. Your tour of Paris is a great tourist attraction because on the shore you can see some of the most representative monuments of the city and several bridges: the Pont Neuf, the Pont Louis-Philippe or the Normandy Bridge.
This river runs through the Iberian Peninsula with 1008 km in length. It rises in the Sierra de Albarracín, in Teruel, and flows into Lisbon forming the Mar de Paja estuary. Some of the most important cities that it crosses are Madrid, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Cáceres and Toledo.
The Tagus River also has a great variety of flora and fauna. Among the most outstanding birds we can find herons and storks as well as eagles of different subspecies. As for fish, lampreys and eels abound.
Located in the south of England, the River Thames with its length of 346 km is one of the most important in Europe. It is born in the Cotswold Mountains, passes through cities such as Oxford or London and empties into the North Sea, forming an estuary with the same name.
This river is an important part of the history of the capital enters and its main source of water supply. On the bank of the river we can find some of the most representative monuments and buildings in London such as Parliament and Big Ben. In addition, there are fourteen bridges that cross the River Thames, but the most famous among tourists are London Bridge or Tower Bridge.