It is a historical fact that civilizations have prospered not in isolation but in collaboration with others. And during ancient times, most of this collaboration took place along the rivers, where many such civilizations not only existed but also flourished.
Like in other parts of the world, Europe too, has its fair share of rivers.
Some of the main rivers of the continent are listed below.
Volga River (Russia) – One of the longest rivers of Europe as well as Russia, where it originates and flows.
Danube – Originating in Black Forest in Germany, it flows downward through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. It is Europe’s second longest river.
Dnieper River – Another major European or more accurately, East European river is the Dnieper. Starting in Russia, it flows through Belarus and then Ukraine, before emptying itself in the Black Sea.
Rhine – Originating in the Netherlands, it flows through Germany and parts of France. At certain locations it also forms the border between the two nations. It is divided into Upper Rhine and Lower Rhine.
Elbe – One of the major waterways of Central Europe, River Elbe originates in Czech Republic and flows through much of Germany before draining in the North Sea.
Vistula – It is Poland’s longest river with over 1,000 kms of length. Though, it mostly flows through Poland, it’s drainage basin includes neighbouring Ukraine, Belarus and Slovakia.