For the Slovakian wine grape, see Hron (grape).
This article is about the River Hron. For the Rector of Prag-Suchdol see Jan Hron.
"Garam" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Garam, Iran.
The Hron near Starý Tekov.
Banská Bystrica, Nitra
Kráľova hoľa near Telgárt, Low Tatras, Banská Bystrica Region
980 m (3,215 ft)
Kamenica nad Hronom, Nitra Region
112 m (367 ft)
298 km (185 mi)
5,453 km (2,105 sq mi)
53.7 m/s (1,896 cu ft/s)
1,050 m/s (37,080 cu ft/s)
7.6 m/s (268 cu ft/s)
Hron (Slovak: Hron, German: Gran, Hungarian: Garam, Latin: Granus) is a 298 km long left tributary of the Danube and the second longest river in Slovakia. It flows from its source located in the Low Tatra mountains (under Kráľova hoľa) through central and southern Slovakia, pouring into the Danube near Štúrovo and Esztergom. Major cities and towns situated on the Hron are Brezno, Banská Bystrica, Sliač, Zvolen, Žiar nad Hronom, Žarnovica, Nová Baňa, Tlmače, Levice, Želiezovce, and Štúrovo.
The river's basin covers approximately 11% of Slovakia's territory.
The name of the river was mentioned for the first time in 170, when Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote his Meditations at the Hron (Latin: Granus) river. The first recorded medieval name was Gron (1075). From the 17th century until the 1930s, the river was used for wood transport.