The Vltava, or River in Czech, is the longest river in the Czech Republic and is also the National River. The Vltava River flows through Prague for 31 kilometres in a loop and there are an astounding 18 bridges that run across it, including the none other than the famous Charles Bridge.
Many activities are organized on the river itself and on the banks. There is a large city beach, there are various food festivals on both sides of the river, boats can be rented here, or you can sail with the Jazz Boat: a daily musical dinner party on the river. There will also be a floating swimming pool on the river from mid-2019!
We are happy to share the best riverside activities with you. We'll go downstream, starting from the centre.
The big city beach in Prague. Located on the north side of the centre and right on the river, Zlute Lazne offers a good variety of restaurants and bars, extensive sporting facilities, and of course more than enough space to just relax, read with your children, and just enjoy the sun.
There are regularly organized activities such as an open-air cinema (often in English or subtitled!), concerts, and various children's activities.
Zlute Lazne is open daily from the beginning of May to the end of September from 8 am until 10 pm. They charge a very reasonable entrance fee: 100 Crowns (approx. 4 Euro) for an adult, 50 (2 Euro) for children up to 12 years, or 200 (8 Euro) for a 2 + 2 family. The paid entrance fees are put on a credit card with which you can then pay for food, drinks or, for example, a tennis court: it is actually more like a minimum consumption.
Most facilities can be used free of charge and some activities require you to pay another small, additional fee.
Zlute Lazne is easily accessible by public transport: trams 3, 17 and 21 come from various parts of the centre and all stop at the Dvorce tram stop. From there it's a short walk to Zlute Lazne. If you prefer a taxi or Uber, just type in 'Zlute Lazne' and the app will recognize it immediately.
River Prague: Swimming.
Towards the south, about 3 km along the river on the other side of the castle, is the Podolí swimming stadium. The large swimming complex is open all year round and includes, in addition to the regular swimming pools, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor water attractions.
Small and large slides, diving boards, large sandboxes, a carousel, a playhouse, a sunbathing area, saunas (not included in the price) and a lawn suitable for ball games are some examples of what you can find here.
There are several restaurants and kiosks on the property.
Swimming pool Podolí
Podolská street 74 (Google Maps)
Public transport: tram 3, 16, 17, 21, tram stop Kublov (CZK 18, - from the center)
Parking: parking space on Podolska street
Entrance fees for families: 2 adults + 1 child up to 12 years: up to 3 p.m. CZK 330.00 to 3 p.m., after 3 p.m. CZK 230.- each additional child CZK 70.-;
River Praag: Naplavka.
This beautiful combination of farmers market and relaxation area is located on the Old Town side of the river. Naplavka starts at the Palackeho Namesti square (at the level with the Palackeho Bridge) and continues to approximately the metal rail bridge to the south.
Naplavka offers a weekly farmer's market all year round (with the exception of January): every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm there is a large and varied selection of fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, dairy products, flowers and plants, and many regional products. things like home-made jams, honey, carvings, and more.
You can find plenty of food to snack on as well: there are various stalls during the summer and winter that offer seasonal or non-seasonal snacks.
Several boats are docked on the riverside, with restaurants, bars, and clubs. During the summer this is expanded on Saturday with live music and DJs on the riverside.
Combined with the great view of the water and the castle, Naplavka is an experience not to be missed by anyone visiting Prague!
Thanks to the nearby tram intersection, Naplavka is easily accessible by public transport: take the yellow metro (station Karlovo Namesti, exit Palackeho Namesti), or choose one of the following tram lines: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20 or 21.
The Smichov riverbank is situated almost opposite the Rasin riverbank, on the side of the castle. It is one of the places in the city that is often used for food festivals: during the summer, from May to September, there is one almost every week. There is a festival specifically for street food and grilling, one for vegetarians, a seafood festival, a food truck festival with trucks from many countries in Europe, and many more.
The entry price is almost never above 150 krona (approx. 6 euros). Sometimes it is even free, and often you get a few consumption coins to start. Check the events section on our website for more details of these fun local events.
Tram stop Zborovska is a few minutes' walks from Smichovska Naplavka and the following trams stop here: 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, and 26.
A great way to spend an afternoon with your children is on Detsky Ostrov. This island is free of charge and is actually just a large playground: it is completely full of play equipment. Thanks to the fence, it is a safe place for the little ones. The island is accessible from the castle side of the river, just next to the Jiraskuv Bridge, and that is the bridge that ends directly in front of the Dancing House.
The best way to reach the Children?s Island is by public transport via tram stop Svandovo Divadlo. The following trams stop there: 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 25.
This jazz club is on the castle side of the river. They offer daily live programming, often with a modest entrance fee (up to 200 krona or around 8 euros). Jazz Dock opens at 5 a.m., so it is also a nice place to sit and enjoy the view: specifically in the summer when dozens of boats pass by all the time, a relaxing and spectacular sight!
The best way to reach Jazz Dock is by public transport via tram stop Svandovo Divadlo. The following trams stop there: 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 25.
Nominanza is a bar with a small kitchen and a nice local gem on the river bank, right in the old centre of Prague. They're only open when the sun is out because they only have space outside. Diagonally opposite the National Theater, you see a staircase (there is often someone to recommend boat trips); walk down there, and you can already hear the music! Nominanza has excellent programming with daily live artists in the pop/rock genre. Sometimes solo with a guitar, sometimes with a drummer, always good.
Nominanza also has friendly, local prices: a beer (half a litre, of course) costs less than 2 euros and you can grab a bite to eat for under 4 euros!
Narodni Divadlo tram stop is located a few meters from Nominanza River: take tram lines 2, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 22 or 23.
The Charles Bridge, or Karlův most, is one of the most defining objects in Prague.
The construction of the bridge began in 1357 by order of King Charles IV and was completed around 50 years later in the early 15th century. The bridge was the first permanent connection between the two river banks, thus ensuring that Prague became an important part of the trade route between East and West.
The bridge has a turbulent past: both natural disasters and wars have caused considerable damage several times. The thirty-year war in the 17th century, for example, was a cause of serious damage, particularly to the tower on the side of the Old Town, and several major floods destroyed pillars, stairs and other components. The bridge has recently been restored and is now in good condition.
The bridge is about 620 meters long and 10 meters wide and is secured by two towers on the side of the castle, and one on the side of Stare Mesto (the Old Town). The tower on the Old Town side is regarded worldwide as one of the most extraordinary buildings in the Gothic style that still exists.
The bridge is decorated with 30 statues, originally from around 1700 but now largely replaced by replicas. You should not miss a few important images: the Cross and Crucifixion statue, for example, is a much sought-out photo-opp of a relic that has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. It has great historical value for both Christians and the Jewish people. You can also find the statue of John of Nepomuk: touching this statue brings you happiness, and ensures a return visit to the beautiful city of Prague!
A recent addition to Prague's culinary scene is Lod 'Pivovar, which literally means 'Brewery Boat'. And that's what it is: a boat with a microbrewery on it where various excellent beers are brewed and served. It has a pub and a restaurant that are both situated in the middle of the brewery so you experience the whole process up close.
The food at Lod Pivovar is excellent Czech food at very reasonable prices: you can have a snack in the pub from a few Euros, and one of the best beef tartar we've ever had can be found here on the menu for 208 Crowns or around 8 Euro. Highly recommended!
Lod Pivovar is a boat next to the Stefanikuv Bridge, at the end of Revolucni street. Reservations are required, especially for the restaurant downstairs.
The nearest tram station is on Revolucni street, the name of the stop is Dlouha Trida and the following lines stop here: 6, 8, 15, 26.
The Jazzboat is actually the only cruise that we can recommend with heart and soul: the food is great and the music really good!
Jazzboat.cz offers a 2.5-hour evening program every day: you cruise a boat through the most beautiful parts of Prague, enjoying a great 3-course dinner and live music by Prague's best musicians.
Tram 17 stops at the Pravnicka Fakulta stop, about a 50-meter walk from the jazz boat.