Cher (river)

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The Cher in Villeneuve-sur-Cher

The Cher in Villeneuve-sur-Cher

Water code FRK --- 0090
location France , Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regions , Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Center-Val de Loire
River system Loire
Drain over Loire  → Atlantic Ocean
source Massif Central , in the municipality of Mérinchal
45 ° 55 ′ 17 ″  N , 2 ° 28 ′ 25 ″  E
Source height approx.  715  m
muzzle in the municipality of Villandry in the Loire Coordinates: 47 ° 20 ′ 33 ″  N , 0 ° 28 ′ 50 ″  E 47 ° 20 ′ 33 ″  N , 0 ° 28 ′ 50 ″  E
Mouth height approx.  38  m
Height difference approx. 677 m
Bottom slope approx. 1.9 ‰
length approx. 365 km
Catchment area 14,000 km²
Drain at the Tours gauge MQ
94 m³ / s
Big cities Tours
Medium-sized cities Montluçon , Vierzon
Small towns Saint-Amand-Montrond , Saint-Florent-sur-Cher
Navigable between Saint-Aignan and Tours
Sidearm of the Cher in Saint-Aignan

Sidearm of the Cher in Saint-Aignan

The Cher [ ʃɛr ] is a river in France that runs through the regions of Nouvelle-Aquitaine , Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Center-Val de Loire . Its source is located in the municipality of Mérinchal , at about 715 meters above sea level. The river first drains north, then turns west and flows into the Loire as a left tributary after around 365 kilometers in the municipal area of Villandry , around 20 kilometers west of Tours , in the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park .

Crossed departments

Nouvelle-Aquitaine region:

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region:

Center-Val de Loire region:


Left tributaries

Right tributaries

Places on the river


In the section between Saint-Aignan and Tours, the Cher is canalised, has locks and is therefore suitable for navigation. The sooner the southeast as a side channel further Canal de Berry is no longer in operation.


Chenonceau Castle , one of the famous Loire castles, stretches across the Cher .


During the German occupation of France in World War II , the Cher was the demarcation line between the occupied and the unoccupied part of France.

Web links

Commons : Cher  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b (1: 16,000)
  2. a b The information on the river length is based on the information about the Cher at SANDRE (French), accessed on November 16, 2011, rounded to full kilometers.
  3. a b (Station: K6710910 , option: Synthèse )
  4. La ligne de demarcation dans le Cher