List of rivers of Switzerland

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Map of lakes and rivers of Switzerland

The following is a list of rivers in Switzerland:

Rivers by length[edit]

(> 100 km, only the length in Switzerland:)

  1. Rhine - 375 km - 36'494 km2
  2. Aar - 295 km - 17'779 km2
  3. Rhône - 264 km - 10'403 km2
  4. Reuss - 158 km - 3'425 km2
  5. Linth / Limmat - 140 km - 2'416 km2
  6. Saane/Sarine - 128 km - 1'892 km2
  7. Thur 125 km - 1'724 km2
  8. Inn - 104 km - 2'150 km2

Rivers by drainage area[edit]

(> 1000 km2, only the area in Switzerland)

  1. Rhine - 375 km - 36'494 km2
  2. Aar - 295 km - 17'779 km2
  3. Rhône - 264 km - 10'403 km2
  4. Reuss - 158 km - 3,425 km2
  5. Linth / Limmat - 140 km - 2'416 km2
  6. Inn - 104 km - 2'150 km2
  7. Saane/Sarine - 128 km - 1'892 km2
  8. Thur - 125 km - 1'724 km2
  9. Ticino - 91 km - 1'616 km2
  10. Hinterrhein - 57,3 km - 1'693 km2
  11. Vorderrhein - 67,5 km - 1'514 km2
  12. Doubs - 74 km - 1'310 km2
  13. Kander - 44 km - 1'126 km2

Rivers by orography[edit]

Further information: Hydrology of Switzerland
The five river basins of Switzerland.
  Rhine
  Aar (part of the basin of the Rhine)
  Rhone
  Po
  Danube
  Adige

Switzerland is drained into four directions:

Rivers that flow into other rivers are sorted by the proximity of their points of confluence to the sea (the lower in the list, the more upstream). Some rivers (e.g. Danube) do not flow through Switzerland themselves, but they are mentioned for having Swiss tributaries. They are given in italics.

Rhine (main branch in Hoek van Holland, Netherlands)
High Rhine - 375 km - 36,494 km2
Wiese - km - km2 (in Basel)
Birsig 21 km - 82 km2 (in Basel)
Birs - 73 km - 924 km2 (in Basel)
Aar - 295 km - 17'779 km2 (in Koblenz)
Linth / Limmat - 140 km - 2'416 km2 (in Brugg)
Sihl - 73 km - 341 km2 (in Zürich)
Reuss - 158 km - 3,425 km2 (in Brugg)
Kleine Emme - 58 km - 477 km2 (near Luzern)
Emme - 80 km - 983 km2 (in Solothurn)
Orbe / Thielle - 57 km - 488 km2 (into Lake Biel in La Neuveville)
Broye - 86 km - 850 km2 (into Lake Neuchâtel in La Sauge)
Saane/Sarine - 128 km - 1'892 km2 (near Bern)
Kander - 44 km - 1'126 km2 (into Lake Thun near Thun)
Simme - 53 km - 594 km2 (in Wimmis)
Lütschine - km - (into Lake Brienz near Interlaken)
Glatt - 67 km - 416 km2
Töss - 58 km - 442 km2 (in Teufen)
Thur - 125 km - 1724 km2 (near Flaach)
Lake Constance; Alpine Rhine - 170 km
Landquart - 43 km - 618 km2 (in Landquart)
Plessur - 33 km - 267 km2
Hinterrhein - 57,3 km - 1'693 km2 (at Reichenau)
Albula - 36 km - 950 km2 (near Thusis)
Julia - km - km2 (in Tiefencastel)
Landwasser 30.5 km
Vorderrhein - 67,5 km - 1'514 km2 (at Reichenau, near Chur)
Rabiusa 32 km
Valser Rhine - 30 km - 186 km2
Rein da Curnera - 7 km - 27 km2
Rein da Medel - 25 km - 128 km2
(see sources of the Rhine)


Rhône - 264 km - 10'403 km2 (in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, France)
Saône - km - km2 (in Lyon, France)
Doubs - 74 km - 1'310 km2 (in Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, France)
Allaine - 28 km - 197 km2 (near Montbéliard, France)
Arve - km - km2 (in Geneva)
Drance - 43 km - 678 km2 (in Martigny)
Lonza - km - km2 (in Gampel)
Vispa - 40 km - 787 km2 (in Visp)
Po (near Venice, Italy)
Adda - km - km2 (in Cremona, Italy)
Breggia - km - km2 (into Lake Como, between Cernobbio and Como, Italy)
Mera - km - km2 (into Lake Como in Sorico, Italy)
Poschiavino - km - km2 (in Tirano, Italy)
Ticino - 91 km - 1'616 km2 (in Pavia, Italy)
Toce - km - km2 (into Lake Maggiore in Verbania, Italy)
Diveria - km - km2 (near Domodossola, Italy)
Tresa - 13 km - 754 km2 (into Lake Maggiore in Luino, Italy)
Maggia - 55 km - 926 km2 (into Lake Maggiore in Locarno)
Adige (near Venice, Italy)
Rom - km - km2 (in Glurns, Italy)
Danube (in Sulina, Romania)
Inn - 104 km - 2'150 km2 (in Passau, Germany)

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