Sava: the longest river in Slovenia

The River Sava at Boštanj, Slovenia

The Sava is the longest river in Slovenia, a right tributary of the Danube river.

Five interesting facts about the Sava:

  • The name came from Indo-European root seu̯ which means "rain".
  • It flows 221 km (137 mi) through Slovenia and along its border with Croatia.
  • Along its total length of 944 km (586 mi) and total catchment area of 97,713 square km (37,727 square mi), it connects four countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia) and three national capitals (Ljubljana, Zagreb and Belgrad).
  • It is the third longest tributary of the Danube river.
  • It forms the northern border of the Balkan Peninsula, and the southern edge of the Pannonian Plain.

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The River Sava, Slovenia

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The River Sava, Slovenia

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The River Sava, Slovenia

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The River Sava, Slovenia

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The River Sava at Boštanj, Slovenia

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The River Sava, Slovenia

Have you ever been to the River Sava in Slovenia? Feel free to post a comment below.

14 comments

  1. Slovenia is actually one of my favorite countries! I've been there a few years ago and I will never forget how beautiful everything was, not to mention the amazing food!!

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  2. Patricia Chamberlain5:28 pm EET

    The pictures you have shared are beautiful! I learned so much from this post. I have never visited Slovenia, but I would love to someday!

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  3. I have never been to Slovenia. It looks so beautiful and peaceful along the river!

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  4. I've never been to Slovenia or heard of this river... but your photos of it are lovely!

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  5. This is such a stunning body of water! I would love to visit Slovenia someday

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  6. First let me start by saying your pictures are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for teaching me about the Sava River which I did not know.

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  7. I've never heard of this river before, but the photos look absolutely gorgeous!

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  8. Such beautiful photos! I haven’t yet been to Slovenia. My sister lives in Prague, and I’m planning an epic road trip when I go visit her. Slovenia is on the list!

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  9. This is just a stunning place to visit and breathtaking for a rest and enjoyable time. I love the trees and the water in early morning with the sound of the birds.

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  10. I have never been but that's amazing that it connects so many different countries. Rivers are beautiful things and your pictures are lovely.

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  11. Those pictures capture it in the most beautiful way! I bet it is even more beautiful in person!!!! Would love to travel there one day!

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  12. I haven't been to this river or Slovenia bu it does look pretty!

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  13. kucanauglu10:08 am EEST

    One important fact: Sava is the largest tributary of the Danube. Its average discharge at its mouth to the Danube River in Belgrade (Serbia) is 1728 m3, which is more then the amount of water carried by Wisla and Nemunas together and it belongs to the 10 largest rivers in Europe in that category.

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  14. Beautiful pictures..I just love your blog, it inspires me to travel more!

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