The River Rhine in Europe is one of the longest and most important rivers in the European continent. It was an important defense source for the allied armies during world wars I and II. But how important this river is and what historical facts does it portray for us and the future…here we have outlined some of those facts about this great river.
The River Rhine is one of the longest and important rivers in Europe, it may interest you to know that this river run for over 1,232km and had its source from in the Swiss Alps in the country of Switzerland.
The river Rhine flows through six countries in the European continent- Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and Netherlands before flowing into the North Sea at Rotterdam. The river begins as a small stream in the Swiss Alps but soon gathers speed and volume on its way to Lake Constance. You should note also that the river Rhine forms the border between Germany and France. It enters the Netherlands which is a flat country where it joins several other rivers on its final journey to Rotterdam and the sea
There exist various facts about the River Rhine. Do you know the river Rhine is called different names depending on the country it flows through, it is called Rhenus in ancient times, Rhein in Germany, Rhine in France and Rijn in Netherlands. The largest city on the river is the city of Cologne in Germany with a population of not more than 1, 050,000 people. The river Rhine is the second longest river in central and Western Europe after the river Danube.
It will interest you to know that the River Rhine and River Danube formed the most of the northern inland frontier of the Roman Empire and since those days the Rhine has been a vital and navigable waterway carrying trade and goods deep inland.
Like I told you before, the Rhine river whose name comes from the Celtic word renos, meaning raging flow begins at the Rheinwaldhorn Glacier in the Swiss Alps and flows north and east towards Rotterdam. You can see it from the picture below;
Lastly there are many other important Tributaries that flow into the Rhine.infact the river Rhine splits into two Tributaries near Emmerich in Germany and Zevenaar in Netherlands.