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The Elbe is a Central European stream that rises in the Czech Republic, flows through Germany and flows into the North Sea. It is the only river that drains the Bohemia, which is surrounded by low mountain ranges, towards the North Sea. Among the most famous waters of their catchment area include the Vltava, the Saale, the Havel with the Spree and the Elde with the Müritz. In the upper course formed by the low mountain ranges, it follows in the course of two glacial valleys of the North German lowlands.
Measured by the size of its catchment area of 148,300 km², it is in fourth place behind the Danube, the Vistula and the Rhine for Central Europe, according to the list of rivers in Europe, followed by Oder and Memel.
With a length of 1094.26 km, the Elbe is the twelfth longest river in Europe and is one of the 100 longest rivers in the world.
The Elbe rises in the Krkonoše (Giant Mountains) at an altitude of almost 1400 m, about 7.5 km northwest of the Czech village Špindlerův Mlýn, 400 m from the border with Poland. Just behind the source area is the Elbfall.
March 25, 2017
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