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Hydrology and European Watersheds

There are a lot of concerns about the river levels since last years drought. I can see this due to the web site statistics. And it is an important questions for a lot of people in river cruise forums. People interested in cruising Europe want to know the the water level for a particular month, and are sometimes really disappointed when they learn that it is too hard to say. WHY is it so hard to predict the river levels? Therefore I try to provide some background information on watersheds, river courses and the main areas where the cruiseable rivers in Europe draw their water from.

Winter is over

It's just a few days until the new season starts. According to German authorities all rivers are shipable again. There might be a few ice blocks close to locks, but this is not a major problem. And though river levels are rising due to melting ice and snow, there is no threat of high water levels at the moment.

Accident: Main Blocked / Rhine Ships collided

Quite a busy day.

Main blocked

This morning a cargo ship hit a wall next to an interstate bridge in the vicinity of Wertheim and is now blocking the Main river between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg. Pictures are available here. On some one can identify reporters from a federal tv station, I'll keep you informed and will post the film when it's put online.

...or you're just part of the landscape

Well, as long as you take any river cruise on the Rhine that goes via Düsseldorf you will be part of a very expensive landscape. In fact the most expensive landscape ever photographed.