The Danube River is a river in Central Europe, the continent's second longest after the Volga River.
Classified as an international waterway, it originates in the town of Donaueschingen in the Black Forest of Germany at the confluence of the rivers Brigach and Breg. The Danube then flows southeast for 2,872 km (1,785 mi), passing through four Central and Eastern European capitals before emptying into the Black Sea via the Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine.
Known to history as one of the long-standing frontiers of the Roman Empire, the river passes through or acts as part of the borders of ten countries. Its drainage basin is shared by Romania (28.9%), Hungary (11.7%), Austria (10.3%), Serbia (10.3%), Germany (7.5%), Slovakia (5.8%), Bulgaria (5.2%), Croatia (4.5%), Ukraine (3.8%), and Moldova (1.6%).
Open Water Swimming
- Imre Szénási from Hungary swam 77 km (47.8 miles) in the Danube from Budapest to Dunaujvaros, Hungary in 13 hours 55 minutes in 1964.
- Guinness World Records approved the July 2001 swim by Martin Strel down the Danube River when the Slovenian swimmer swam 504.5 km (313 miles) in 84 hours 10 minutes as the world's longest non-stop open water swim at that time.
- On 20 June 2016, 41-year-old Iancu Avram started and later completed a 89-day stage swim of 2,860 km along the Danube River from Donaueschingen in the Black Forest in Germany to Sulina on the Black Sea in Romania, crossing 10 countries and passing 4 capital cities without any fins or a wetsuit. He swam through dams, whirlpools, and eddies while facing unpredictable weather accompanied by two kayakers.
Down The Danube
- Iancu Avram Swimming A Long Night Upstream
- Avram Iancu Warms Up For a Long Swim In Lake Balaton
- Avram Iancu SW!Ms The Danube
- Share The Adventure At The Kendal Mountain Festival
- Martin + Borut Strel Talk Guitars, Goggles, Gigabytes On WOWSA Live
- Vojislav Mijić Talks About Swimming With A Full Heart On WOWSA Live
- Harry Hinken Proved Nothing Great Is Easy
- Swimming Through Beauty
- Avram Iancu Swims In Sand
- Avram Iancu Swims Closer To The End
- Avram Iancu Hoping For Wind On His Back
- Avram Iancu Nearly Finished With Danube Stage Swim
- Hardened In The Open Water: Observing Stage Swimmers
- Ion Lazarenco Tiron, Swimming For Peace
- Ion Lazarenco Tiron Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
- World Record Recognition Is A Long Time Coming
- Many Miles Longer And Wider Than A Mile
- Wider Than a Mile: One River Two Women
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- 60 Days Down The Danube With Avram Iancu
- Avram Iancu Dealing With The Danube
- Avram Iancu, Highs And Lows Of Swimming The Danube
- Avram Iancu, Day 14 Along The Danube
- Avram Iancu Swims In The Still Waters Of The Danube
- Avram Iancu Does The Same Differently Down The Danube
- Rain Gives Way To Sun To Boost Avram Iancu
- Avram Iancu Leaves Germany, Heads In Austria
- Avram Iancu Traverses 707 km In 23 Days On The Danube
- Slowing Down, Speeding Up Along The Danube
- Flowing Down The Danube
- Wonders Of Meeting His Wife Along The Danube
- Avram Iancu Still Swimming Strong After 35 Days
- Come Rain Or Shine, Avram Iancu Swims On
- Sunshine While Swimming Down The Danube
- Where The Sava Meets The Danube
- Cross-Border Swims On The Danube
- Avram Iancu Reaches 1000 km Milestone In The Danube
- Avram Iancu, Still Swimming
- The Danube Brings Back Memories
- Avram Iancu Gaining Strength From Local Supporters