Russia » Volga River | Russia
Surely the longest River in Europe and for some it's also the most beautiful....
Volga River | Russia: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||3250 km|
|Degree of difficulty:||Demanding|
|Requirements:||Boating license essential|
|Character of waterway:||an adventure|
|Profile of waterway:||Main waterway|
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is with 3534 km the longest water-richest River in Europe.
The spring lies in the heights of Waldai, northwest of the capital of Moskow and runs in a huge bow to the east until Kazan were it turns first to southwest until Volgograd and then to southeast until it flows into the Caspian Sea.
The river has by the Volga-Baltic States-Canal access to the Baltic Sea and the Volga-Moskov-Canal connects the river with the capital. As from Volgograd, River Volga is linked with the Black Sea by the Don-Volga-Canal. Our river turns to the south at Kasan, the capital of the Republic of Tatars tan with 1.2 million habitants. Then, the river is because of the barriers over long stretches a large lake. The barriers are negotiated by huge, 320 m long and 28 m wide, locks. After Volgograd, the river changes its direction for the last time and flows towards the Caspian Sea. Short after the town, Don-Volga-Canal, turns off to southwest which goes first to the Sea of Azov, from this to the Black Sea and then, over Bosporus into the Mediterranean Sea.
River Volga gets navigable at the town of Tver were River Tverca joins it. It meets the first lock at the end of the barrier lake of Ivankovskoje. It reaches its most northern point at the mouth into barrier lake of Rybinsk were it meets the Volga-Baltic Sea-Waterway. Then, it turns to the southeast, past the big cities of Jaroslaw (610'000 habitants) and Kostroma (280'000) to the barrier lake of Yur'evets which is left behind through the big lock of Gorodets and at Nizhniy Novogorod it absorbs the waters of River Oka.