The River Danube is Europe’s second longest river.
Where is it?
The Danube starts in the Black Forest in Germany (as much smaller rivers), which join and become the Danube. The river continues to flow southeastward through four Central and Eastern European capitals before emptying into the Black Sea at the end of its whopping 2,800km journey!
What animals can be found here?
The Danube River is home to many mammals, birds and fish, including: sturgeon, great white pelicans, beavers, European kingfishers and the European pond turtle. You can read more about European kingfishers in our kingfisher fact file.
Do people live here too?
Yes. The Danube crosses 10 countries and the basin is home to a whopping 83 million people. More than 20 million people also depend on the Danube for their drinking water.
I never knew that!
The gigantic Danube river basin measures 801,463km² and makes up 10% of the European continent.