See Prague from a different angle

How to see a different side of the city from the beautiful Vltava River.

Prague undoubtedly has a fantastic public transport system and its pretty cobbled streets and majestic wide avenues make for a lovely stroll around the city. But on a hot summer’s day, trams and buses can be a little claustrophobic and a day of walking the streets of Prague can take its toll on your feet. So why not opt for a different option like a boat trip? Our Prague Summer Hotspots 2014 series shows you how to see a different side of the city from the beautiful Vltava River.


For those looking to relax:


Prague Boats offers a relaxing, tranquil way to enjoy the sights of city with a variety of river cruises lasting from 45 minutes to three hours. Opt for a two-hour cruise passing under the Charles Bridge and sailing on by sights including Prague Castle and the National Theatre. Alternatively, go for a boat tour of Prague’s version of Venice – the Devil’s Stream next to Kampa Island or treat your loved one to a romantic a la carte dinner evening cruise.


For those wanting to satisfy their inner James Bond:


Some of you may prefer a more exciting and fast-paced tour down the Vltava, and Prague Weekends has just the thing. For a moderate fee you and four of your friends can cruise the river on a luxury Crownline 185 SS speedboat navigated by your very own licensed skipper. Starting at the Podolí Marina, the tour lasts for one hour and includes a bottle of champagne to sip while you take in sights like the Dancing House and the city’s beach club Žluté Lázně where you can stop for a quick beer.


For the fun-loving:


Cruises and speedboats are all very much fun, but if you want to take charge of where they go on the Vltava, Slovanka provides a number of fun and amusing ways to explore the river yourself. Choose from rowing boats, pedaloes, motorboats for those who don’t fancy exerting too much energy, and even a swan shaped pedal boat that can accommodate one to six people and can be hired for an hour or more while meandering past landmarks like the the Sova Mills and Žofín Palace. Refreshments like beer, wine and lemonade are also available to purchase.


For the sporty folk:


Perhaps not the best option unless you’re a confident kayaker or canoeist, but certainly a fantastic way to see the city is from one of Vodácký Ráj’s many canoes, rafts and kayaks. Based in the centre of Prague, the company offers modern and safe boats for hire that you can rent from one to ten or more days to see Prague in a totally unique way. The professional team will help you choose a craft that is right for you and also have all the necessary safety equipment available for hire.


For the adventurous:


Being a landlocked city, new visitors to Prague might be surprised that the city has its very own beach club – the Žluté Lázně resort where three and a half hectares of the Vltava’s riverbank has been converted into a beautiful sandy beach. Žluté Lázně offers its visitors the unique opportunity to try stand up paddle-boarding – a fun, but often vigorous sport in which you essentially navigate a surfboard by paddling. The sport originated in Hawaii and Polynesia and is a great way to cruise the Vltava.


For the seasick:


For those of you who start to feel seasick at the slightest mention of boats, fear not – there is still a way for you to experience the beauty of Prague from the Vltava without having to step foot on a boat. The beautiful Občanská Plovárna – a Thai restaurant and music club on the banks of the river – has two charming covered open-air terraces on which you can enjoy a meal or refreshing drink and get as close to the Vltava as possible without getting on a boat.

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