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Žitný ostrov

Žitný ostrov, also called Veľký Žitný ostrov (Great Rye Island) (German: Große Schüttinsel or Great Schütt Island, Hungarian: Csallóköz) to differentiate it from Malý Žitný ostrov (Small Rye Island) (German: Kleine Schüttinsel or Little Schütt Island, Hungarian: Szigetköz), is a river island in southwestern Slovakia, extending from Bratislava to Komárno. It lies between the Danube, its tributary Little Danube and Váh.The island is a major part of the Danubian Flat. It is the biggest river island in Europe with an area of 1,886 km², being 84 km long and 15 – 30 km wide.

The main towns on the island are Komárno, Dunajská Streda, and Šamorín. The island is an important reservoir of drinking water and an agricultural region.[1]

Southern parts of Žitný ostrov by the Danube are protected by Dunajské luhy Protected Landscape Area.

References

  1. ^ http://www.televize.cz/clanky/dilo-dunaje-nejvetsi-ricni-ostrov-evropy-3420 (in Czech)

External links

  • Žitný ostrov at Slovakia.travel
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