The Czech Republic is interwoven with dozens of rivers and almost every historical town was founded near a river. The Vltava is the longest river that flows through the Czech Republic. From the spring to the confluence with the Elbe, it is about 430 kilometres long. You can hike along the river or hop on a boat or raft and sail through the historic towns in South Bohemia. We have some tips on how to explore the landscape around the Vltava to the maximum.
Water sport – a popular pastime activityThe Czechs are known for their love of water sport. They rent canoes or rafts with their family or friends, pack up their sleeping bags and tents, and go down the river, most frequently the Vltava. The river flows nicely through the countryside and tests the skills of the steersmen in frequent rapids, which are not very difficult to pass. There are raft sluices on the dams that ensure that the river is passable and liven up sailing. The Vltava flows through the Šumava National Park where various restrictions apply (minimum water flow, registration of watercrafts, time limit), but sailing is not limited after you pass Nová Pec. The most popular part is the navigable section below Lipno from Vyšší Brod to Boršov nad Vltavou where water flows all year round, even during summer droughts. The section is suitable both for beginners and experienced water athletes. There are numerous rapids and dams along the way, beautiful scenery along the river and an abundance of sights.
Do you like boats?Well, you don’t need to sail down the Vltava in a small and quite unstable canoe or raft. Without getting your feet wet, you can get on a cruise ship in Prague and enjoy the view of the city panorama from a completely different side. Sail through the centre of the Czech capital! You will see Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and Vyšehrad, whether during the day or in the evening. Cruises on steamships where they play jazz music you can listen or dance to are also popular. And if you don’t feel like getting on a boat, but still want to enjoy the pleasant and easy-going atmosphere, take a stroll to the Prague riverside. Sit on the deck of one of the anchored boats and have a refreshing drink with a view of the river and the city.
Prague is not the only place where you can get on a boat. There are also cruises on the Vltava water reservoirs, or the Vltava Cascade. The reservoirs of Lipno, Slapy and Orlík offer scenic cruises. For example, the pleasure cruise around the Zvíkov Castle on the Orlík reservoir is very popular. The dock is located right at the castle in Zvíkov and you can look forward to some beautiful panoramas of the river and the gothic castle.