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You can take a boat trip from Charles Bridge, just look out for the ticket sellers - they're the ones in sailor suits! We paid around 5GBP for a 45 minute round-trip, which included a beer and a slice of cake. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable, pointing out all the sights and explaining their history. He was also happy to answer all our questions and chat about his life in Prague.
The picture shows the old water pumping station, there is a nice bar there with very reasonably priced drinks (by UK standards anyway) and a terrific view.
THE VLTAVA RIVER ( MOLDAU )
Now we will cross over the VLTAVA RIVER or Moldau via the Charles Bridge, famous for its combination of Gothic construction and Barocque Statues.
"The River Vltava gives the city life both spiritually and practically. Since 920 a 'free highway on water' it is honoured and celebrated as 'the girdle of Prague, the beautiful'. Even today the view of the town from the deck of a boat has its magic." -- V. Dudak
A pleasant relaxing way to see Prague from a different prospective is on a River Boat Tour offered by many different Tour Groups.
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Vltava River - Beauty and Activity
The Vltava River runs through Prague and is spanned by many beautiful bridges. Walking along the riverside is a great way to view the river and the variety of boats that constantly move up and down this large waterway. Ferries ply this river and are ideal for tourists who have the option of short 1 hour cruises, or longer trips which provide lunch or dinner, some with entertainment. The river can be shallow in places and a series of weirs and lockes have been built to improve navigation.
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The Vltava (Moldau) River
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.
Boat Trip on the Vltava (4 photos)
Numerous boat trips are offered up and down the Vltava River, with salespersons on both ends of the Charles Bridge as well as at Kampa Island. We found this trip to be quite worthwhile, offering a scenic introduction and orientation to Prague and a different perspective on the city. Most offer a drink and pastry on boarding and feature a mix of live and recorded commentary on the buildings visible as well as a brief historical discussion. Our boat went up Devil's Creek which separates Kampa Island from the Little Quarter and offers a particularly scenic and photogenic sidetrip - the images are on the travelogue below.
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
Musicants on Karluv Most (Charles Bridge)
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).
Cruising on Vltava River
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.
Boating on the river
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 ...
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Just a walk along the river
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.
Charles River by Row Boat
For about $3 USD me and my friend got a row boat and a six pack and cruised around the river for an hour. We wandered off some path towards the river (on the downtown side) and went down some stairs and viala there there were, big blue row boats. There's an island in the middle of the river you circle around, and you can go under the Charles bridge.
This is a great activity for some cool photo opportunities and different angles of the city and bridges.
Legion Bridge - Most Legii
Legion Bridge (Most Legii), across the Vltava River, was built in 1901 and opened by Emperor Franz Joseph. The bridge is connecting the Old Town with Ujezd and Mala Strana. The bridge is named after the Czechoslovakia legions that formed during World War I. The bridge is long around 350 meters and is divided by elliptical arches.
Vltava River Boat Tour
There are a number of boats that offer tours of the Vltava River in Prague. The tours last from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the distance traveled. Although the boat ride doesn't really show you much more than you can easily see by just walking up and down along the riversides, our daughter enjoyed it. It was also a good chance to get off of our feet for an hour and have a good Czech beer.
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Heart of the city
the River Vltava is at the heart of the city, winding it's way through the town under countless bridges. Seeing it as we did it's easy to forget just how much damage was caused a few years back when the river rose as high as the Charles Bridge flooding houses and businesses alike. For the best views of the river head to the Castle, or perhaps take a river cruise.
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.
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