Vltava river and bridges, Prague
The pleasure cruises are the river are a good way to spend an hour of so and get a different view of the city.
I was quite interested in these wooden contraptions in the river and was quite surprised to learn that they are ice breakers.
This is a must see but also a must do activity when visiting Prague. Vltava is a big river and cruising on it when the weather is nice can be a genuine pleasable experience. As I said, pick a nice day, be up early in the morning and start the Prague tour by boat.
The largest (widest) bridge in Prague and the most scenic is of course Karluv Most (Charles Bridge). People - tourist or locals - enjoy walking up and down on it, and watch the performers like this band do their thing or sell nice souvenirs (paintings in oil, mugs and stuff).
No trip to Prague would be complete without a cruise on the Vltava. There are many points along the river where you can pick up the pleasure boats and the trips vary in length.
The composer Smetana wrote the musical idyll Vltava, which tells the story of the rivers journey from its beginnings as small rivulets in the mountains until it flows majestically through Prague and out into the rural countryside
after walking all day, its a good break and you get a guide who explains some history about the various buildings. You generally get a free beer or a hot mulled wine (depending on the season). don't be put off by the touts selling the tickets, they are just doing there job, and are quite nice when yo get to chat to them. typically you will find the ticket sellars ar either end of charles bridge, you'll spot them, they look like a cross between bob marley and popeye!
try to get on a smaller boat as they have access to some of the tighter places, and the guides are nearer so you here them better.
This bridge, which name is Most Legii, the Bridge of Legions (advice given by my frind mrclay2000, THANKS!) leads to that hill in the distance, which name Is Petrin Hill (THANKS MIKE AGAIN!).
There is also a cable-railway leading on top of it from where a wonderful view of the the town is enjoable.
The whole hill, Vltava's side, is actually a park, where young lovers, my wife says, are used to go to stay alone.
The Vltava again.
This picture gives me a good chance to tell that in the past years, let's say during the seventies in the last century, Vltava was used to freeze every winter, from one bank to the other.
And it freezed so deep that people from Prague used to ice-skate on it.
When my wife told me it, I thought to how much colder could Prague have been at that time.
She tells that a temperature of about -20 C even during the mornings was not unusual...
Another viev of this beautiful river.
Prague is crossed by the course of the Vltava, that is longest Czech river, and flows into the Elbe together with which it leaves the Czech Republic, runs through Germany to empty into the North Sea. The length of the course of the Vltava River running through Prague is approximately 31 km.
This picture is taken from above the Charles bridge.
The river is very large and navigation is allowed only through the barriers you can see in the middle of it.
No signs of the floodings that last year put Prague on its knees remained thanks of the great work of the citizens to save their hometown.
Still climbing the hill with Milan. Saw this nice sight. A ferry on the Vltava River. I couldn't remember where exactly this hill that we were climbing situated in Prague. On this hill, there were many nice sights all the way.
This area is to the East of the Castle, running along the north bank of the Vltava for a couple of miles or so is Letna Park. This green expanse is the perfect spot for a picnic (or just a few beers) in the summer, or a brisk walk in the winter. The views from here are superb, especially those down the river.
I was accompanied by my friend Milan on this first day in Prague. He knew all the best sights & took me up this hill for a truly amazing view over Prague !
I just love this photo. I felt that I managed in capturing some good part of Prague.
We can see the Vltava River, the longest in Czech Republic.
Milan is a smart guy. he took me to Letna Park. So, my exploration of Prague started from this hill.
This is the most amazing photo I took in Prague. Managed to capture the Vltava River including several of its amazing briges.
Maybe somebody can recognize the view from here of which hill I was walking up to.
Crossing the Vlatva at the Checov Bridge (two bridges north of the Charles Bridge) will lead you up the stone steps to Letna Park. A great place to relax and chill out in the spring/summer. The Rolling Stones perfomed here not too long ago!
Prague is situated on the banks of the Vltava River (Moldau), a tributary of the Elbe River (Labe). Its historic centre lies on both sides of the river. On the west bank is Hradcany Hill overlooking the city with Hradcany Castle, now the presidental residence, and St. Vitus' Cathedral. Below the Hradcany lies the Malá Strana (Little Quarter), with its narrow streets, churches and palaces. The Charles Bridge connects the Malá Strana to the Staré Mesto (Old Town) on the east bank. At the centre of the Staré Mesto is the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti), the most significant square of historical Prague and also very crowded in the tourist season with people watching the large astronomical clock that shows both the time and the seasons. In the middle of the square is a statue of the national hero and martyr Jan Hus. Adjacent to the Old Town to the southeast is the New Town (Nové mesto) with Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti), The National Museum (Narodni muzeum), The National Theatre (Narodni divadlo) and further to the south the Vysehrad, the ancient seat of the Premyslide princes, overlooking the river.
When you're in Prague, hire a yellow plastic paddleboat and pedal up and down and around the famous Charles Bridge, or "Karlovy Most" if you prefer. It costs like £1/hour or something. If it's busy, people on the Bridge will either cheer you on or shout Czech obscenities. Well, for all I know, they could be obscenities :)
Boats are available for hire under the bridge, just in front of Club Lavka.
Mary, Siobhan and I almost came to a watery end when our boat collided with a river steamer, but fear not, we're fine now. My, I just love Prozac.