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    Posted: 21-Feb-2006 at 17:22
a RIVER cruise

This thread is a fairly specific idea, I hope it works:

1. Choose a river, anywhere in the world

2. Choose which cities, landmarks, etc. on this river you would like to share. Try to find rivers that cross between countries or cultures!

3. Find some photos and information about each, and share them in the order you would come across them on the river.
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The DANUBE

The Danube begins in Donaueschingen, Germany, where the Brigach and Breg rivers join.

Donaueschingen has a population of about 21,300 and is the second largest city in the Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany. It is built on the Baar plateau in the Black Forest.


From there it passes to Ulm, Germany. Ulm is a city in the German Bundesland of Baden-Wrttemberg (about 100 km south-east of Stuttgart). Its population is around 120,000. The independent city is the seat of the Alb-Donau district.


Then it's on to Ingolstadt. This is a city in the Federal State of Bavaria, Germany. As of July 01, 2005 it had 121,195 residents registered, making it the sixth largest city in Bavaria. The headquarters of the German automobile manufacturer Audi are located in Ingolstadt, as well as the headquarters of the electronic stores MediaMarkt and Saturn.


Next, Regensburg is a city in Bavaria, south-east Germany. To the east lies the Bavarian Forest. Regensburg is the capital of the Bavarian administrative region Upper Palatinate.


Then it's Passau. A town in Niederbayern, Eastern Bavaria, Germany, known also as the Dreiflssestadt (City of Three Rivers), because the Danube River is joined there by the Inn River from the South, and the Ilz River coming out of the Bavarian Forest to the North. Its population is 50,415, of whom about 8,000 are students at the local University of Passau. The university, founded in the late 1970s, is the extension of the (centuries old) Institute for Catholic Studies. It is renowned in Germany for its institutes of Economics, Law, Computer Sciences and Cultural Science.


The it's into Austria. Linz is a city and Statutarstadt in northeast Austriar. It is the capital of the state Upper Austria (Obersterreich). Linz population is 188,968.


Then it's Vienna, baby. Vienna is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. With a population of about 1.6 million (2.2 million within the metro area), Vienna is the largest city in Austria as well as its cultural economic and political center.


Next is Slovakia. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the country's largest city, with a population of some 450,000. Bratislava lies on the River Danube, at Slovakia's borders with Austria and Hungary, and relatively close to the border with the Czech Republic. It is only 50 km from Vienna. The Carpathian mountain range begins within the territory of the city with the Mal Karpaty (or Little Carpathians) mountains (part of the Carpathians).


Next it's Hungary. Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation center. Budapest has over 1.7 million inhabitants, down from a mid-1980s peak of 2.1 million. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the amalgamation in 1873 of right-bank Buda (Ofen in German) and buda (Old Buda or Alt-Ofen) together with Pest on the left (east) bank. It is the sixth largest city in the European Union.


Then it's into Croatia. Vukovar is a city synonymous with the Yugoslav civil war. It was completely destroyed, its population completely expelled, and served for the duration of the Serbian occupation as the regional center of the Republic of Serbian Frontier. Today the city is one again Croatian territory, inhabited by Croatian citizens.


Next is Serbia and Montenegro. Novi Sad is a city located in Serbia and Montenegro; it lies in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina and is the capital city of the Vojvodina province and a large industrial and cultural centre. Its name means "New Planting" (noun) in Serbian.


Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and Montenegro (2003Present). It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, settled in the 3rd century BC by the Celts before becoming the Roman settlement of Singidunum. The name Beograd (Belgrade) was first mentioned in the year 878. It has been the capital of Serbia since 1404, and of Yugoslavia from 1918 until 2003.


Next is the legendary Iron Gates. The Iron Gate is a gorge on the Danube River. It forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. In the broad sense it encompasses a route of 134 km; in the narrow sense it only encompasses the last barrier on this route, just beyond the Romanian city of Orşova, that contains a hydroelectric dam.


Then it's on to Vidin, Bulgaria. Vidin is a town on the southern bank of the Danube in northwestern Bulgaria. It is close to the borders with Serbia and Montenegro and Romania, and is also the administrative centre of Vidin Province.


From there - Galati, Romania. Galaţi is a city in eastern Romania, the capital city of the Galaţi County on the banks of the Danube, very close to Brăila. The official website estimates its population as of 2005 at 331,360, making it Romania's 7th largest city.


Finally, it's Tulcea - a city in Dobruja, Romania. It is the capital city of Tulcea county, and has a population of 91,875 as of 2002.
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The NERETVA

The Neretva is a river in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The total length is 225 km, of which 203 km are in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the final 22 km are in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county of Croatia. It is known as the bluest river in the world and the upper stream of the Neretva has the coldest river water in the world.

It flows out of the Dinaric Alps through a narrow gorge.


The first major town on the Neretva's route southwest is Konjic. The town is in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton and it is administratively part of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The municipality of Konjic has about 32,000 residents: 92.7% Bosniaks, 4.7% Croats, 2.4% Serbs, and 0.2% others.


Then it's Jablanica Lake. This is the cheapest of Bosnia's major lakes because almost all of the private, summer cottages in the area are owned by middle-class families from Bosnian cities.


Then it's on to the town of Jablanica. The town is situated on the Neretva river in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina entity. In the 1991 census, there were 12,664 inhabitants of the Jablanica municipality: 9,136 were Bosniaks (72.14%), 2,253 Croats (17.79%), 573 Yugoslavs (4.52%), 504 Serbs (3.98%), 198 others (1.56%). It is famous mainly as a stop-over for train and road travellers, also a place to get groceries and things for the summer cottages all around.


Then it's the Rimski Most (Roman Bridge) and the New Bridge. Both are kind of tourist attractions. They're surrounded by some cemeteries too - both were scenes of big battles 1992-1995.


Then it's the largest city on the length of the Neretva, Mostar. Mostar is an old Ottoman-era town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's famous Old Bridge is the most popular tourist attraction in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Then it's time for another UNESCO site, Pocitelj. The tiny Bosniak village was once a very important Ottoman-era fortress and boasts one of the most recognized art colonies in southern Europe.


Finally the Neretva spreads out across a wide delta...


As it crosses into Croatia...


And spills into the Adriatic sea at the port city of Ploce. Ploce is one of Croatia's least known coastal cities largely because of its industrial nature. It is Bosnia's main port through an agreement with the Croatian government that keeps the city Croatian territory but allows Bosnia to use it as its own.


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