Great Rivers of Europe


The rivers shown on this map are among the most important waterways in Europe. They are drawn here in their full length, from source to sea, even though only a portion may be navigable. Nearly all of them flow to the north; only the Rhône/Saône flows south to the Mediterranean Sea and the Danube flows east to the Black Sea.

The green lines are approximations of the higher elevations that create the watersheds associated with these rivers. Waterway connections across these lines are made by summit canals; man-made canals rise through a series of locks to the summit then descend the other side through another series of locks.

This is especially important for those considering a trip between the English Channel/North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea; note that there is no direct river connection from north to south, and in fact the 19th-century canals across the center of France are restricted by locks 5.0 meters wide and stone-arch bridges with 3.5 meters clearance.

CLICK on the river name or use the drop-down menu above to view the EuroCanals Guide which describes that river.



Plan your own cruise from home using the EuroCanals Guides.

The rivers shown on the map are described in full detail in the EuroCanals Guides: EuroCanals Guides Online Library

EuroCanals Guides include photos and sightseeing tips, all ports and rental-boat bases on the map for each waterway, as well as web links for those bases. Locks, elevations and distances between towns are shown, along with the depth of water and clearance under bridges.

EuroCanals PhotoNav Guides offer a preview of all sections of the Danube Route from North Sea to Black Sea in a series of ten guides, including over 1,500 full-screen on-site photos marked with the kilometer location along the rivers.

Please Note: EuroCanals is a publisher of waterway guides; we do not book cruises, we tell you where you can go and how to do it. This website is supported by Subscriptions and Downloads of the the EuroCanals Guides. You can also Donate if you wish.

Tom Sommers'
EuroCanals Guides
2022 Edition

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