River system in the Save

The Sava near Slavonski Brod overlooking the border bridge to Bosnia

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The Save ( also sow, Sava, in the South Slavic languages ​​Sava, Serbian Cyrillic Сава, antique / Latin name Savus ) is the largest river of Slovenia and Croatia. It rises in the territory of the Triglav ( Julian Alps ) near the border with Slovenia - Austria and ends after 940 km in Belgrade and the Danube. Its main tributaries are the Krka, Kupa, Una, Vrbas of the Bosna and Drina.

With a mean discharge of 1,513 cubic meters per second is the Sava river is the most tributary of the Danube - ahead of the Tisza, the Inn and the Drava. It has the second largest catchment area ( 95,419 km ²) and the third largest river length ( 940 km - without source Savica River 712 km ).


Sources and headwaters

Its two source rivers Velika and Mala Savica Savica (large and small Savica ) originate in the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps of Slovenia close to the tri -border region with Italy and Austria (see here). Is the Savica waterfall at the source of Velika Savica. The Velika Savica joins the Mala Savica to Savica ( "little Sava " ) and flows through the Bohinj lake, leaving him as Sava and unites with radovljica with the Sava Dolinka to Save.

The Sava Dolinka ( lower Wurzener Save) rises near Rateče ( Ratschach ) in the municipality of Kranjska Gora and flows between the Karavanke and the Julian Alps to the southeast. In radovljica it joins the Sava ( Wocheiner Save).

From radovljica the Sava flows initially ostsüdostwärts about Kranj to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana and then east. In Steinbrück the Savinja opens out from the left. About 120 kilometers east of Ljubljana (50 km distance) comes out the Save from the mountains and flows for 10 km Croatia's capital Zagreb. Here the Odra Canal was built for flood protection.

Underflow to the Danube

In the plain of Zagreb the river turns slightly to the southeast and has only very shallow slope, so that it begins to meander in Turopolje. Part of this level left and right of the save is called Posavina. After 8-10 large meandering flows near Sisak from the south Kupa. Here the Sava is navigable and reflects the inflow of Una the border between Croatia and Bosnia - Herzegovina ( mainly the country part of Republika Srpska ) and happened on a recent mountain edge Slavonski Brod.

At the subsequent level, it runs approximately parallel to 30 km north -flowing river Drava, performs from Šamac to Brčko huge meanders and flows finally after about a further 100 km to Belgrade in the Danube.

Up to its confluence with the river Belgrade marked according to the definition used most frequently the northern border of the Balkan Peninsula.

Major Cities ( downstream )

  • Belgrade
  • Bosanska Gradiška
  • Brčko
  • Jesenice
  • Kranj
  • Krško
  • Litija
  • Ljubljana
  • Sabac
  • Šamac
  • Sisak
  • Slavonski Brod
  • Sremska Mitrovica
  • Zagreb

The picture shows the confluence of the headwaters Mala Savica (left) and Velika Savica (right) in the Savica ( "little Sava ").


The Save between Gobovce and Podnart

The Sava near Slavonski Brod