The Vltava River starts its journey in Šumava, southern Bohemia, and it flows 270 miles (433 km) through Prague before joining the Laber River at Mělník in the north of the Czech Republic. For more than 1,000 years Prague has grown up around the Vltava; the river separates the Baroque Malá Strana (Lower Town) and majestic Prague Castle on the west banks from the largely Gothic Staré Město and the bustling streets of the modern-day city to the east.
Tours along Prague’s romantic Vltava River encompass views of some of the city’s greatest attractions, including the world-famous Charles Bridge, bristling with statues and groaning with souvenir sellers. All boats turn around by Charles Bridge for views of the Strahovské Monastery, the Baroque spires of St Nicholas Church in Malá Strana, and Prague Castle standing proud upon Hradcany Hill before continuing upstream to pass Vysehrad Castle.
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