A to Z Abroad: Vltava River

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The Vltava River runs through the center of Prague and crosses eighteen bridges before joining the Elbe River. A walk along the Vltava River should not be missed as it offers stunning views of the city’s bridges and historical architecture, while also affording a peaceful reprieve from the bustling city.

Like most medieval cities, Prague was built around a river for a water supply and transportation route. While convenient, rivers are unpredictable, which may be why Vltava means “wild water.” The Vltava proved its point in 2002 when it flooded Prague and caused widespread damage.

The Vltava River from above.
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

These days, the Vltava is calm, allowing rowboats and paddle boats to float around Kampa Island and under bridges.

Boats on the Vltava River
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

Floating down the Vltava
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One of many bridges along the Vltava
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

Along the shoreline, green trees and the medieval architecture of Prague reflect in the stillness of afternoon water.

Afternoon reflections on the Vltava River
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral reflect on the Vltava River
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

Much like the founders of Prague, I looked upon the Vltava River as my lifeline. In a city of crooked streets and maze like sidewalks, I used the river as my compass to find my way back from wherever I had wandered that day. Every evening, I walked back to the Vltava River and watched the sun set on the water.

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c.b.w. 2013