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Vltava River

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Vltava, Czech Republic

The Basics

As it runs through Prague, the Vltava River’s most famous sight is the 14th-century Charles Bridge, lined with looming statues, buskers, and souvenir sellers. Many city tours include river cruises, which afford the perfect vantage point for views of hilltop Prague Castle, the church spires in Malá Strana, and the towers of the Staré Mĕsto. Most cruises start from beneath the Charles Bridge.

Turning north through the heart of the city, cruisers pass the Rudolfinum and National Theater, the Strahov Monastery (Strahovský klášter), and the giant metronome in Letná Park (Letenské sady). Small open-topped wooden barges also venture into the Devil’s Canal (Čertovka), once a millrace around Kampa Island and now a sleepy backwater lined with baroque townhouses. Even if you don’t take a cruise on the Vltava, a stroll along the riverbank affords some excellent city views.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Prague

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Value for money
LuisR_U, Sep 2021
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Enjoyed the tour. Things to improve, waiting time for the bus after visiting the cathedral. It was difficult to hear the guide; the accent and the volume of his voice didn’t cooperate. In general it was good and worthy
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Great Introduction to Prague
Jamie_W, Sep 2021
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Great introduction to the city of Prague. Enjoyed the Prague Castle complex and the tour ending with an hour long cruise with breathtaking views of the castle.
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Excellent Tour of Prague
Andronikos_S, Aug 2021
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
An excellent tour. Punctual and comfortable means of transport around the city. The experience was made even better by our fantastic guide who was ready to provide plenty of information about all the sightseeing. Would highly recommend it.
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Great tour!
Tiana_Steffen, Jul 2021
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Was a great tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, fun. She had a great sense of humour making our trip most enjoyable!
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Good info - Entertaining tour guide!
Janique_P, Sep 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Tour guide, Jacob S., was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Tour was good but it moves really fast early on so be sure to wear comfy shoes. There is a lot of interesting information. Very glad we took the tour. It
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Brilliant Host!
Sha, Aug 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Absolutely super and great host! Really interesting to learn what I did on the tour. Would highly recommend!
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Very informative
William_N, Aug 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
very informative. Nice small group. Good exercise but not too much. A good combo of walking,, bus and boat tour
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3hour tour
ddooley5, Feb 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Sara was great... nice size group. Very informative. Prague is beautiful !! Ahoy hope to return soon.
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Very entertaining
jennycheung, Feb 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Trip was great although it was hard to understand her english. She tried very hard to let us understand her jokes.
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Amazing tour with a super guide
yazminellie84, Jan 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Simon BEST GUIDE ever! He knew so much and gave us a lot of information, plus he knew the best spots for coffee or to buy crystal souvenirs ❤️ For sure we recommend him to anyone! He talked so many languages and his Spanish was amazing !
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Good afternoon
kirrilykitchin, Jan 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Guide was very nice and very knowledgeable , probably a bit over priced for what it was esp as a lot of walking was involved
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Best way to see Prague
Karina M, Jan 2020
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise
Starting the tour in a bus, then we go on a boat where you can eat and then walking the city with a profesional guide. It was an awesome adventure and learned a lot. Super recommended

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many Vltava River cruises include lunch or dinner, sometimes with live musical accompaniment.

  • A cruise along the Vltava offers excellent views of Prague’s skyline.

  • River cruises are sometimes included as an add-on to a city tour.

  • A total of 107 bridges span the river, and 17 of these are within Prague.

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How to Get There

Cruises typically start close to the Charles Bridge, a 10-minute walk from the heart of Old Town. Staromĕtská metro station is a five-minute walk away. Some tours pick guests up from the center of Prague or directly from their hotels.

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When to Get There

Evening cruises typically include dinner and offer views of Prague at its most atmospheric, as the castle is lit up by floodlights. Summer is the city’s busiest tourist season. If you want to skip the crowds but avoid the cold of winter, visit in spring or fall.

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The Musical River

Vltava (The Moldau), the symphonic poem by Bedřich Smetana, is a musical interpretation of the river’s course through Bohemia and one of the best-known classical works by a Czech composer. It is part of a set of six symphonic poems called Má vlast (My Country).

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