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Major German Rivers - Top 10 German Rivers

In the following table made by edvog.com you will find the names of the top 10 rivers found in Germany according to the length of the river that crosses the most part of the German territory. The list is ordered according to the distance crossed by the river in Germany.

German Rivers Name, Length, Origin and Mouth
Most Important German Rivers
Major German Rivers - Top 10 German Rivers

River Name Length in Germany km / mi
Rhine 865 km / 537.4 mi
Elbe 727 km / 451.7 mi
Danube 647 km / 402 mi
Main 527 km / 327 mi
Weser 452 km / 281 mi
Saale 413 km / 256.6 mi
Spree 382 km / 237.3 mi
Ems 371 km / 231 mi
Neckar 367 km / 228 mi
Havel 325 km / 202 mi
Top 10 German Rivers according to the total length

In the following table you will find the names of the top 10 German rivers that are at least partially found on the German territory. The list is ordered according to the total length of the river.

River Name Length km / mi
Danube 2,860 km / 1,777 mi
Rhine 1,230 km / 764 mi
Elbe 1,091 km / 678 mi
Oder 854 km / 531 mi
Moselle 545 km / 339 mi
Main 527 km / 327 mi
Inn 517 km / 321 mi
Weser 452 / 281 mi
Saale 413 / 256.6 mi
Spree 382 / 237.3 mi
Major rivers by state

Below you will study and learn some facts about the major rivers found in all 16 states of Germany. In this section we will also study important cities in Germany that are build on or near a river.

Rivers of Baden-Württemberg - The most important rivers found in Baden-Württemberg are the Rhine, the Danube and the Neckar. The Rhine river enters Germany in the state of Baden-Württemberg and forms a part of the western border with France. Karlsruhe the second-largest city of Baden-Württemberg is near the Rhine on the eastern shore of the river. The Danube river has its origin in the Black Forest, a forested mountain range of Baden-Württemberg. With over 600,000 people Stuttgart is the capital and the most populated city of Baden-Württemberg. On its way to the Rhine, the Neckar river passes through the capital of the state Stuttgart and other two major cities of Baden-Württemberg namely Heilbronn and Heidelberg. The Neckar river drains into the Rhine at Mannheim, the third-largest city of Baden-Württemberg.

Rivers of Bavaria - In Bavaria we will find two major rivers the Main and the Danube. In the state of Bavaria is where the Danube river meets his main German tributaries the Lech, the Isar and the Inn. With over one million people Munich is the capital and the most populated city of Bavaria. The Isar river on its way to the Danube river passes near the city of Munich.

Rivers of Berlin - Berlin the capital and the largest city in Germany with over three million people is situated on the Spree river a left tributary of the river Havel.

Rivers of Brandenburg - Major rivers of the state of Brandenburg are the Elbe, the Oder, the Spree and the Havel.

Rivers of Bremen - The most important river in Bremen is the Weser river. In this commercial and industrial city we will also find a major port on the river Weser.

Rivers of Hamburg - Hamburg the second largest city in Germany with over one million people is located on the river Elbe. In Hamburg is the second largest port in Europe after the Port of Rotterdam.

Rivers of Hesse - Major German rivers found in Hesse are the Rhine and the Main. Frankfurt am Main the largest city in Hesse is located on both sides of the Main river. The Fulda river one of the two head-streams of the Weser is also located in the German state of Hesse.

Rivers of Lower Saxony - The most important rivers found in Lower Saxony are the Ems, the Hunte, the Aller, the Weser and the Elbe.

Rivers of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - The most important rivers found in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are the Warnow and the Peene. Rostock the largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is on the Warnow river.

Rivers of North Rhine-Westphalia - The most important rivers found in North Rhine-Westphalia are the Ems and the Rhine. Cologne the largest city and Düsseldorf the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia are on or near the Rhine river.

Rivers of Rhineland-Palatinate - The most important rivers found in Rhineland-Palatinate are the Moselle and the Rhine. Mainz the capital and the largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate is located on the river Rhine at its confluence with the Main. Ludwigshafen am Rhein and Koblenz are the second and the third largest cities in Rhineland-Palatinate, both cities are located on the Rhine river.

Rivers of Saarland - The Saar river a right tributary of the Moselle is the most important river found in the German state of Saarland. The name of the state was given after the name of the Saar river. Saarbrücken the capital and the largest city in Saarland is located on the Saar river.

Rivers of Saxony - The most important rivers found in Saxony are the Mulde, the Spree, the Elbe and the Neisse. Dresden the capital city and the second-largest city by population of Saxony is located on both banks of the Elbe river.

Rivers of Saxony-Anhalt - The Elbe river with one of its main tributaries the Saale river are the most important rivers in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Halle the largest city by population in Saxony-Anhalt is located along the river Saale. Magdeburg the capital city of the state of Saxony-Anhalt is situated on the Elbe river.

Rivers of Schleswig-Holstein - The Elbe river is the most important river in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Rivers of Thuringia - The Werra, the Unstrut and the Saale are the most important rivers found in the German state of Thuringia.


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