Budapest, The Danube and the Bridges

Have Bag, Will Travel

Liberty Bridge Budapest

The Hotel Gellért was no more than one hundred metres from the west bank of the River Danube.  From our bedroom window this was our first real view of the famous waterway which at two thousand eight hundred and fifty kilometres is the second longest river in Europe after the Volga.

It is the twenty-ninth longest river in the world and flows through ten countries, which is more than any other river in the World except the Congo in Central Africa, which also runs through ten countries.  The River Mississippi in the USA runs through or borders ten different States.  (Andrew resists the temptation to set a quiz)!

The Danube starts in the Black Forest in Germany and then runs like a European timeline through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and the Ukraine before it finishes its journey by discharging its memories into the Black Sea at the Danube Delta…

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