Gorgeous landscapes of the Slavic countries consist dozens of Paradise rivers. Some of them are on the list f the longest rivers in Europe, the others have a special cultural meaning to the Slavic nations. Here is a list of seven of the rivers strongly connected with the Slavs, their culture, and history:
The river which is the heart and soul of Poland. It is the longest and the largest river of this country. It is 1,022 kilometers in length, and the drainage basin area of the Vistula is 193,960 km2. It rises at Barania Góra in the south of Poland and goes directly into the Gdansk Bay of the Baltic sea with a delta and several branches. The river is a background to the numerous legends, but also to the most important events in the history of Poland. Some of the fans of canoes try to pass through the Vistula from Barania Góra to Gdańsk, but not many are able to do this.
The river in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, its total length is 214.6 km. It has been well known since the ancient times. It is believed that Una was discovered by Romans. They found its beauty so outstanding that they named it the One (Una). There is at least one more interpretation of its name. It suggests the roots of the name Una in the Illyrian word „unt”, that perhaps meant „wave”. Una has a unique natural habitat including 170 types of medicinal herbs that grow by the river. One of them is a very rare plant called Campanula unensis, the “Una bluebell”
The Danube was an important strategic point of the Roman Empire, but what makes it truly impressive is the fact that it’s Europe’s second longest river and passes through ten countries. Danube flows southeast for2,860 km through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine. It is emptying into the Black Sea. The Danube was a site of the earliest human cultures, the witness of the great battles. The 6th century BC Darius the Great, king of Persia crossed the Danube, in 336 BC the river saw the impressive army of Alexander the Great.
The Dunajec is a right tributary of the Vistula river that starts in Nowy Targ as a junction of two short mountain rivers: Czarny Dunajec and Biały Dunajec. It is 249 kilometers long and stays a natural border between Poland and Slovakia. The landscape of Dunajec is one of the most beautiful things you can see in entire Europe. Th basin area of 6,796 square kilometers and length of 249 kilometers makes it one of the longest rivers of Poland. It passes through the massive Trzy Korony, the highest mountain of Poland.
The river of Slovenia that starts underground, in the Planina Cave. This remarkable place consists the largest confluence of underground rivers in Europe. It is about 10 kilometers long and passes through the Planina Karst Field, and the municipalities of Postojna, Cerknica, and Logatec. The beauty of Unica lies in the multiple springs like the ones near Vrhnika to form the Ljubljanica River. The river seems to be like a mountain wild river that brings clean water everywhere it passes through.
The longest river in Europe. The Volga is visible even from the cosmos. It passes through the eleven of the largest cities of Russia including Moscow. The Volga is the same for Russians as the Vistula for Poland. It is basically the national river of Russia that flows int the Caspian Sea. Its name comes from the Russian folklore and has a symbolic meaning. Волга-матушка meansVolga-Matushka (Mother Volga) in Russian literature. It is impossible to mention even the most important paintings, poems and other pieces of art related t this river. The Volga is like Russia: beautiful, majestic, full of problems, large, endless and immortal.