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The Alps and the Drava River in Austria

March 3rd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Alps and river, Austria - March 1st, 2009

Alps and river, Austria - March 1st, 2009

Austria is a predominantly mountainous country geographically located in Central Europe, with a total area of 83,859 kmĀ². It shares borders with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy.

The westernmost third of the somewhat pear-shaped country consists of a narrow corridor between Germany and Italy that is between thirty-two and sixty km wide.

The rest of Austria lies to the east and has a maximum north-south width of 280 km, while it measures almost 600 km in length.

Here, the central part of the country, where the Alps give way to flatter land, can be seen. The blue-green river running through the middle of the valley is the Drava (or Drave, or Drau) River, a tributary of the Danube.

It begins in Dobbiaco, Italy, and flows east through East Tirol and Carinthia in Austria, into Slovenia (145 km), and then southeast, passing through Croatia and forming most of the border between Croatia and Hungary, before it joins the Danube near Osijek.

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