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.
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!
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.
Many of the greatest buildings in Prague sit against the Vltava River or not far from it. In general Europe uses practical rather than ornate designs in its bridges, but the banks are often lined with their best works: their parliaments, their banks, their brooding public structures and libraries, etc. Starting with the river is a good way to inaugurate your visit to Prague and to locate its many medieval towers and church spires.
View from the Charles Bridge (the oldest preserved Prague bridge), which dates back to the 14th. century.
The bridge is decorated with 30 statues and statuaries of saints by the leading Baroque sculptors.
The bridge spans the river Vltava (Moldau).
You can stroll along the Vltava River for very many kilometers, cross the river with one bridge and come back with another bridge. On a sunny day it is just a nice way to spend your time in Prague.
Jiraskuv Most is the bridge located in front of the Dancing House. From here you can see a wonderful view of the Charles Bridge, Vltava, St. Vitus Cathedral and Petrin. It is fantastic!!!
The river at night is really pretty. Take a nice (if rather cold) walk and view the brightly floodlit buildings on the opposite shore, veer onto a bridge if you like.