Main (river)

The Main (German pronunciation: [ˈmaɪn] (listen)) is the longest tributary of the Rhine. It rises as the White Main in the Fichtel Mountains of northeastern Bavaria[lower-alpha 1] and flows west through central Germany for 525 kilometres (326 mi) to meet the Rhine below Russelsheim, Hesse. The cities of Mainz and Wiesbaden are close to the confluence.

Main
The Main River in Würzburg
Position of the Main in Germany
Location
CountryGermany
Physical characteristics
Source 
  locationUpper Franconia
  coordinates50°5′11″N 11°23′54″E
  elevation895 metres (at Weissmainquelle)
Mouth 
  location
Rhine
  coordinates
49°59′40″N 8°17′36″E
Length524.9 km (326.2 mi) [1]
Basin size27,208 km2 (10,505 sq mi) [1]
Discharge 
  average200 m3/s (7,100 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionRhineNorth Sea

The largest cities on the Main are Frankfurt am Main, Offenbach am Main and Würzburg.[2] It is the longest river lying entirely in Germany (if the Weser-Werra are considered separate).