Glan (Gurk)

The Glan (Slovene: Glina) is a river in Carinthia, Austria, a right tributary of the Gurk. It is 64.3 km (40.0 mi) long.[1]

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St John of Nepomuk Bridge in Sankt Veit
Physical characteristics
 • locationOssiacher Tauern near Techelsberg
 • location
 • coordinates
46°36′12″N 14°25′28″E / 46.6033°N 14.4245°E / 46.6033; 14.4245Coordinates: 46°36′12″N 14°25′28″E / 46.6033°N 14.4245°E / 46.6033; 14.4245
Length64.3 km (40.0 mi) [1]
Basin size825.2 km2 (318.6 sq mi) [2]
Basin features
ProgressionGurkDravaDanubeBlack Sea

It rises north of the Wörthersee in the Ossiach Tauern, then running through Feldkirchen, going northeastwards passing the castle Burgruine Glanegg until it reaches Sankt Veit where it bends sharply towards south. It flows through the Zollfeld Valley, the historical heart of the Carinthian duchy, and through Klagenfurt, the state capital. At Ebenthal southeast of Klagenfurt is the confluence with the Glanfurt River, the Glan bends eastwards and finally flows into the Gurk River.

It was first mentioned as Glana in a deed of donation issued by Emperor Otto II at the 983 Reichstag in Verona.[3] The name derives from Celtic (Noric) glanos meaning "bright, clear", cf. Glanis, Glanum, Glen and English "clean".


  1. ^ a b Kärnten Atlas (Carinthia)
  2. ^ Flächenverzeichnis der österreichischen Flussgebiete: Draugebiet.
  3. ^ "Regesta Imperii II n. 892". Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-07-13.