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The Danube


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The Danube

  1. 1. The Danube River The Danube River is the second longest river in Europe where it is one of the major methods of transportation. One reason for this is the fact that it is the only major European river to flow west to east. The source of the river is located in the Black Forest area of Germany. From there, it flows about 1,770 miles to the east. The mouth of the river forms a delta on the Romanian coastline of the Black Sea. The Danube River has been used as an important means of transportation of soldiers for nearly 2,000 years. In the 200s, the river was the northern border of the Roman Empire, and Roman soldiers no doubt used the river. Years later, the Goths, Slavs, Huns, and other Germanic tribes used the Danube to cross into the Roman Empire. Later, the Danube was used to gain access to Constantinople. The Crusaders used the Danube to travel faster on their quest to regain the Holy Land. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the Ottoman Turks used the Danube for easier advancement into western and central Europe. Both the commercial and military value of the Danube are still recognized today. Many treaties have been signed to try to keep one country from having too much control of it. In the early part of the 19th century, the Danube served as a link between the industrial area of Germany and farmland of the Balkans. At this time, the Ottoman Empire was weakening, but the Russian Empire was near the height of its power. Austria and other powerful European nations recognized this threat to the area and were able to prevent Russia from gaining the Danube delta. Arthur
  2. 2. Danube River
  3. 3. Donaueschingen, 1900, The confluence of the Brigach and Breg form the source of the Danube river from which the town gets its name.
  4. 4. Stone Bridge, Regensburg, Germany
  5. 5. Ulm, Germany
  6. 6. Ulm in 1493 - source of the Danube. Ulm, Germany
  7. 7. Regensburg, Germany
  8. 8. Near Ludwigsthal, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  9. 9. The Danube river and monastery in Obermarchtal, Germany
  10. 10. Passau
  11. 11. Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
  12. 12. Vienna, Austria
  13. 13. Vienna, Austria
  14. 14. Vienna, Austria
  15. 15. Winter, Vienna Austria
  16. 16. Monastery Melk, Austria
  17. 17. Greifenstein on the Danube River, Austria
  18. 18. Bratislava, Slovakia
  19. 19. Bratislava, Slovakia
  20. 20. Maria Valeria Bridge at Esztergom, Hungary
  21. 21. Budapest, Hungary
  22. 22. Budapest, Hungary
  23. 23. Budapest, Hungary
  24. 24. Budapest, Hungary
  25. 25. Budapest, Hungary
  26. 26. Danube near Visegrád, Hungary
  27. 27. Iron Gates
  28. 28. Danube, Iron Gates
  29. 29. Iron Gates
  30. 30. Iron Gate dam
  31. 31. Ruins of the Roman bridge over the Danube at Turnu-Severin, Romania. In 1982 on a cruise to this area on a hydrofoil, I was arrested after taking some pictures here, as it is on the border between Yugoslavia and Romania. After being interrogated for about 2 hours, my film was confiscated. (The American Embassy did not help)
  32. 32. Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  33. 33. Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
  34. 34. Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  35. 35. Railroad Bridge, Belgrade, Serbia
  36. 36. Orşova, Romania
  37. 37. Vidin, Bulgaria
  38. 38. Nikopol, Bulgaria
  39. 39. Danube River, Border Romania, Bulgaria
  40. 40. The Danube Delta
  41. 41. The Danube Delta