Go To EuroCanals Guide for the Donau river, Austria.

Donau river, Austria

The Donau river forms the core of Austria; half of the population live along its banks, mostly in the major industrial cities of Linz and Wien (Vienna.) Nearly all of Austrian watersheds feed the tributaries of the Donau; dams at each of the locks (including Nussdorf, on the Donaukanal through Wien) are located at hydroelectric power plants, producing about 20% of the country’s power needs. The S-loop in the Donau at Schlogen (a Zwangsmäander) is the largest such river meander in Europe.


The table shows the KM Post markers starting at Kelheim, Germany; KM to is the reverse, the distance from Kelheim. The country name cell includes the 2-letter identifier, local name for the Danube and the length of the river in that country.

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KM2038.1L Schleuse Melk
In background: Melk Abbey

Thousands of photos taken on two trips down the Danube (first trip starting at Calais, France and the second trip from Vlissingen, Netherlands, both all the way to the Black Sea) have been used to create the EuroCanals PhotoNav Guides for the Danube. They include the photos shown on this website.

In full-page format they display the details of landmarks along the route, in a km-by-km sequence. The photos are identified by kilometer post; they include ports, bridges, locks as well as sites worth noting. Examples are described on this page:

View a sample guide as a slideshow: