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The Danube river facts: Above Budapest the Danube cuts through the hilly Bakony forest and swings south to cross the Great Hungarian Plain, in Central Europe

The Danube river facts: a river of Central Europe, flows 1,740 miles from its source, in the mountains of the Black Forest, to the Black Sea. Some 400 tributaries join it on its long journey, west to east across Europe, to the many mouths of its delta.

The Danube is a German river in its upper reaches, and forms a highway for trade between Germany and central and eastern Europe. Goods are carried along its length through Austria, Czech, Hungary, Slovakia, Rumania and Bulgaria to the Black Sea. Once part of the boundary of Charlemagne's Empire, the Danube has played an important part in the history of Europe. The great Austrian Empire grew from the two states of Upper and Lower Austria on the Danube. Not until after the First World War was this empire finally broken up and Austria became a tiny republic.

The Danube Valley is very fertile, and crops of rye, oats and wheat are grown on its rich silt, as well as vegetables, fruit and vines. The power for the wheat mills, sawmills, and papermills along its banks comes from the river itself.

Vienna and Linz, both important Danube ports, are the main industrial centers of Austria. The chief natural resources are timber, oil, iron ore, copper, zinc, graphite and salt. Timber and paper products are the most important exports, but iron and steel goods, machinery, precision instruments, textiles, pottery, chemicals and leather goods are also manufactured. The Iron Gates, on the Rumanian and Yugoslavian borders, is the narrowest point of the Danube. There, where it becomes a raging torrent with dangerous currents, making a way through the Carpathian Mountains, a dam is to be built by a joint effort of both countries. It is being built at Djerdap, below the point where the Danube widens.

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