The Black Sea.
The River Danube, one of Europe’s most iconic and historic waterways, flows into the Black Sea. Originating in Germany’s Black Forest, the Danube embarks on a remarkable journey of approximately 2,850 kilometers (about 1,770 miles), making it the second-longest river in Europe, after the Volga.
The significance of the Danube can be traced back to ancient times. Serving as a major trade route and a natural border for empires, it has played a pivotal role in the cultural and economic development of the region. As it snakes its way through Europe, the Danube touches or borders ten countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. This has earned the river its moniker, “The River of Kings.”
Before reaching its final destination at the Black Sea, the Danube passes through the Danube Delta, one of the largest and best-preserved deltas in Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a vast and intricate maze of waterways, wetlands, and forests, hosting a myriad of wildlife and bird species, making it a sanctuary for biodiversity.
The culmination of the Danube’s journey into the Black Sea is symbolic of its enduring influence, weaving together diverse cultures, histories, and landscapes, and continuing to be a vital artery for trade, transport, and tourism in the region.