Vltava river and bridges, Prague
The Vltava River that runs through central Prague, is the longest river wholly within the Czech Republic. It rises in the Sumava mountains near the Austrian border and then flows north to where it joins the River Elbe at Melník.
Our cruise began by taking us to the Weir on the River in the city centre, quite close to where we embarked. Here, we were told the history and why the weirs were built, before turning around and heading towards and under the famous Charles Bridge.
In-front of each of the Bridge pillars, are wooden barriers to stop debri from reaching and piling up against the pillars, and destroying the Bridge as it has done in previous times. The Bridge is quite plain on the side, it's the top of the Bridge where all the statues are that's ornate.
The Vltava (Moldau in German and many other Germanic languages, Moldva in Hungarian, unrelated to the Moldova river of Romania) is the longest river in the Czech Republic, draining into the north from its source in Sumava through Cesky Krumlov and Prague, merging with the Elbe (Labe).
It is 430 kilometers long and drains about 28,000 square kilometers.
In August 2002 a flood of the Vltava killed several people and caused massive damage and disruption along its length. An other flood was in June 2013.
You will see the Medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance buildings when you travel to Prague.
Legion Bridge- a granite bridge between the National Theatre and Ujezd - was built between 1899 and 1901. It represents a combination of neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau styles .
The bridge was named after the Czechoslovakia legions that formed during World War I.
It is 345,5 m long and 16 wide and is divided into 9 elliptical arches.
Known as Moldau in Germany, and unknown pretty much every where else in the world, the Vltava is the most important, and longest, river in the Czech Republic. Its impact on Prague has been both positive and negative. Its calm, languorous journey through the city belies the raging torrents that can be produced when the floodwaters hit from further upriver. Several people were killed by drastic flooding in 2002, and a cascade of uprooted trees once destroyed Charles Bridge.
Prague lives around Vltava river, both banks showing beautiful buildings embracing the river.
Not large enough to allow a great traffic it runs for more than 30 Km inside Prague, where we may see many of its 18 bridges
Czech and German nationalists used to get all sentimental about this river, and some still do, for instance the obnoxious Sudeten German refugees in Bavaria, now in their third generation of exile and still suffering volubly while driving to refugee conventions in their fat BMWs. (I am distantly related to some of these folks, but I try not to let on.)
Nonetheless, this is still a nice river to walk or cycle along, or look at from the train window on the way to Dresden.
We took a lunch tour on the Vltava River. Views of the city and river from the windows is excellent and there was an excellent buffet which included Hungarian goulash with 2 types of dumplings(1 made from bread and 1 from potatoes). There was also pasta and a nice salad selection, some potatoes, fried cauliflower, wine and water to drink. We just enjoyed the views going up the river as we ate and then when the boat turned around, a guide narrated what we were seeing on the way back. Joseph provided us with lively accordian music. The Vltava is the longest river in the country and flows into the Elba and then into Germany. Some of us moved to the open top deck for the narrated tour since the weather was nice.
Palace Zofin is one of the most important cultural place in Prague. A lot of concerts, international meetings, exhibitions, conferences and social events take place in Zofin. It was built as a small and the only house in Strelecky island in 1835. Then it was rebuilt into an amazingly beautiful palace for special cultural occasions. But it is not only for VIP, dancing courses (classic dance) are available for everybody.
The river Vltava is the longest river in the Czech Republic. It is seperating the city into 2 parts (eastern and western).
It is nice to have a river in a city. You will have great views and you can stroll around. The downside of a river in a city is that there can be floods. The last 2 floods were in 2002 and 2006. I was in Prague after the floods of 2002. The river was still high, but not so high as it used to be.
We enjoy this every time. It is possible to rent a boat for 1 hour in Strelecký ostrov. It costs 200 CZK ( around 8 euros). Really nice view at Prague castle, Charles bridge, National theatre, Dancing house ...
For somebody who likes architecture of old town, this is great tip - just go for a walk along the river and start Dancing house and continue to Rudolfinum. Beautiful view on Prague castle and bridges and other nice old building on the other side.
We are cruising on Vltava river by boat "NATAL" - good boat with good stuff.
PPS (Prazska praoplavebni spolecnost) is major provider of boat & river cruise service. They run boats on the River Vltava during the summer months. Most frequent boats run to Troja, which is a northern Prague suburb. There are also river cruises around Prague from April to October (and limited cruises during winter) with food and drinks provided (cost around from 200CZK to 1000CZK). Besides PPS you can find some other small boats companies running their boats in summer. It is always good idea to book river cruise in advance as there are limited seats available.
The Vltava is the longest river in the Czech Republic, running north from its source in Šumava through Èeský Krumlov, Èeské Budìjovice, and Prague (Praha), merging with the Elbe (Labe) at Mìlník.
It is 430 kilometers long and drains about 28,090 square kilometers; at their confluence the Vltava actually has more water than the Elbe, but joins the Elbe at a right angle to its flow so that it appears a mere tributary.
Tip : Start your trip in Prague on the hill, the area of the Prague Castle. Visit the Castle itself, visit the Cathedral and than walk down to the lesser city, via the Charles bridge. This all in walking distance.
PS : Forget visiting the Golden Lane, it is in fact a tourist trap, you have to pay an entrance fee
and the lane itself became a tourist "expensive" shopping street.
The riverside of Smetana was created around 1840 as first riverside of Prague. Of the same period also goes up the park with the fountain that resembles to the Schoner Brunnen of Norimberge. Around Francis's I statue to horse there are some statues that represent the allegorical figures of the 16 Bohemian regions. The author of the fountain is Josef Kranner, while the decorations were made by Josef Max and Josef Bohm.