Drave (Ger. Drau; Hung. Drava; anc. Dravus), a river of Austria, one of the principal tributaries of the Danube, rises from two sources in the E. portion of the Tyrol. In its upper part it is small and extremely rapid, with craggy and overhanging banks, but it becomes navigable at Villach, and flows E. and S. E. with a slow current through a low and marshy country, through Carinthia and Styria, then along the S. border of Hungary, which it separates from Croatia and Slavonia, till it enters the Danube E. of Eszek, as a large and powerful stream, after a course of 360 m. Its navigation above Volkermarkt is obstructed by various falls and cataracts. The most important of its numerous affluents is the Mur, the largest river in Styria. Lienz in Tyrol, Villach, Marburg, Pettau, Warasdin, and Eszek are among the chief towns on its banks. Fish are plentiful in its waters, and some gold is washed from its sands. The valleys along its course are remarkable for their fertility. The Hungarian peasants descend this river on rafts of empty barrels after having disposed of their wine in the mountains of Carinthia.