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A River View of Prague

Having spent twelve days in Prague, Liz and her husband are keen to share their experience and help others planning a visit to the city.

View across River Vltava towards Prague Castle.

View across River Vltava towards Prague Castle.

River Vltava

Paris has the River Seine, London has the River Thames and Prague has the River Vltava. It is thought that the name Vltava comes from the Germanic words 'wilt alwa', meaning 'wild water'. At 430km, it is the longest river in the Czech Republic and flows from the Bohemian Forest to join the River Elbe at Melnik.

Over the years, the city of Prague has had a bittersweet relationship with its river. As settlements grew up along the Vltava valley, the river provided a trading route and was a source of drinking water up until 1912. Water mills, weirs, and water towers were built. At one time, almost a third of Prague's electricity was supplied by the hydroelectric plant built on Stavinice Island in 1912. However, the River Vltava has also been prone to flooding, notably in 1784, 1845, 1890, 1940 and the worst of all in 2002, when the city of Prague was badly affected.

The view from Vysehrad, Prague towards Mala Strana and Prague Castle and Hradcany.

The view from Vysehrad, Prague towards Mala Strana and Prague Castle and Hradcany.

The Geography of Prague

Crossed by 18 bridges, the River Vltava neatly divides the main areas of Prague. On the East bank Nove Mesto (Prague New Town) gives way to Stare Mesto (Prague Old Town) and beyond that, Josefov (The Jewish Quarter). Prague's most famous bridge, Karluv Most (The Charles Bridge) links Stare Mesto with Mala Strana (Prague's Little Quarter) on the West bank of the Vltava with Hradcany and Prague Castle looming over it.

The view from the Petrin Tower over Mala Strana towards Stare Mesto on the far bank.

The view from the Petrin Tower over Mala Strana towards Stare Mesto on the far bank.

Sights of Prague by the River Vltava

  1. The Dancing House
  2. The Sitka Water Tower
  3. The National Theatre
  4. The Smetana Museum
  5. The Church of St. Francis
  6. The Rudolfinum
  7. The InterContinental Hotel
  8. The Ministry of Industry and Trade
  9. Charles Bridge
  10. The Observation Tower
  11. Certovka, The Devil's Stream
  12. St. Vitus's Cathedral
  13. Prague Castle
  14. The Strakova Akademie

These sights fall in four areas: Nove Mesto, Stare Mesto, Josefov and the West Bank, with Charles Bridge linking the two banks of the river. This article will tackle each area in turn.

Nove Mesto from the River Vltava.

Nove Mesto from the River Vltava.

Sights of Nove Mesto by the River Vltava

Three sights stand out as you work your way north along the river past Prague's New Town.

  1. The Dancing House.
  2. The Sitka Water Tower.
  3. The National Theatre.
Tancici Dum, The Dancing House.

Tancici Dum, The Dancing House.

1. The Dancing House

The Dancing House is located on the site of a house destroyed in February 1945 during the US bombing of Prague. To their great regret, American bomber pilots mistakenly targeted Prague instead of Dresden. The bomb site was eventually cleared in 1960.

Vaclav Havel, a prominent Czech playwright, and dissident (later to become a popular leader and elected president of Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic) lived on a neighboring plot. In 1986, the Czech architect, Vlado Milunic discussed a project to develop the site with the then dissident, Havel, who originally hoped that the building would be a cultural center.

The Nationale Nederlanden, a Dutch Insurance company (part of the Ing Group since 1991) agreed to sponsor the building. Milunic was invited to be the lead designer and he was asked to work with another well-known architect. Frank Gehry, the famous Canadian-American architect accepted the invitation.

The Dancing House.

The Dancing House.

Design of the Dancing House

The bank was a generous funder of the project. Milunic conceived the idea of a building in 2 parts, yin and yang, static and dynamic to symbolize the transition of Czechoslovakia from a communist state to a democracy. Gehry thought of the house originally as Fred and Ginger (based on the dancers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) but, fearing an association with Hollywood glamour, he dropped this name. The building is now rarely referred to as 'Fred and Ginger', although the restaurant at the top is still called 'Ginger and Fred'.

The style of the building is deconstructivist. The first part is a glass tower, which narrows half way up, supported by curved pillars and the second part is parallel to the river with undulating molding and windows set out of alignment.

The Dancing House was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. American Time magazine awarded the building Design of the Year award in 1996. As well as offices and a restaurant, the building houses a hotel and a Glass bar at the top with a terrace offering great views.

The Dancing House.

The Dancing House.

Tips for Enjoying the View

  1. Take the lift up to the top floor and purchase a drink at the bar in order to gain access to the roof terrace. The view is well worth it.
  2. If you are prepared to push the budget a little for a meal with a view, be sure to book a table near the window in the restaurant. Lunchtime prices are the most reasonable.
The view from the terrace of The Dancing House.

The view from the terrace of The Dancing House.

2. The Sitka Water Tower

The original wooden structure of the Sitka (Sitkovska) water tower, dating from 1495, was destroyed by fire in 1501. The next tower collapsed because of poor construction. The third tower burned down in 1588 with neighboring mills. Fires were common in water towers, because of the open fires to prevent the water from freezing in winter. The present tower was built between 1588 and 1591. A water station was built to the north and named after Jan Sitka, owner of the nearby mill. In 1601 this water station supplied 75% of the New Town with water.

In 1648 the Swedish army laid siege to Prague and the tower was damaged. During repairs in 1651, the tower got its Baroque roof, which was covered with copper plate in the 18th century. In 1881 a new reservoir at Karlov took over the water supply function. In 1882 the waterworks mechanism was dismantled and the tower was set for demolition, but the Arts Forum Foundation prevented this.

Restoration of the Sitka Water Tower

The Sitka water tower was reconstructed in 1883.

Some have compared the Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, due to its slight inclination. There is a 42cm difference between the top and the bottom. The Sitka Tower was further restored in 1920 and in the 1980s to stop the inclination from increasing.

During the Communist regime, the secret police used the tower as an observation point. It gave them a good view of the comings and goings at Vaclav Havel's house nearby.

Further reconstruction of the tower was carried out in the mid-1990s during repairs to the neighboring Manes Union of Fine Arts building.

The Sitka water tower.

The Sitka water tower.

A Note on Josef Manes

Josef Manes(1820-1871) was a Czech painter who was undervalued during his lifetime, but later spawned an artists' association and exhibition society which took his name. In 1928 the society started building a complex on the site of the water tower. The Manes Exhibition Hall was opened in 1930, as a white functional building spanning the Vltava River between the right bank and the southern end of Zofin.

3. The National Theatre

The National Theatre is an eye-catching sight on the right bank of the River Vltava. The original idea for a national theatre came from a gathering of patriots in 1844. In January 1845 an application was first put in for an independent Czech theatre, but an appeal for funding was not launched until April 1851. A site was found on the bank of the River Vltava and the land of a former salt works was purchased in 1852.

There was much discussion about the design of the building and an initial modest provisional building, designed by Vojtech Ignac Ullmann, was erected on the south side of the plot, opening on 18th November 1862. But supporters of the more ambitious original plans pushed for their adoption and building began in 1867 with the National Theatre designed by Josef Zitek finally opening on 11th June 1881.

Tragedy Strikes

The excitement at the opening was short-lived. After a few performances, the theatre was closed to enable some finishing touches to be made. On 12th August 1881, a fire broke out destroying the dome, auditorium, and stage. It was seen as a national disaster. A new collection was raised and people gave generously, enabling the National Theatre to be rebuilt this time with a design by Zitek's pupil, Josef Schulz. The re-opening was on 18th November 1883.

In 1977, the National Theatre was closed for 6 years for renovation. It re-opened on its centenary 18th November 1983. Opera, ballet and drama productions are staged here in rotation.

Narodni divadlo, National Theatre.

Narodni divadlo, National Theatre.

It's in the Stars

It has been suggested that the stars on the blue roof of the National Theatre are symbols of the heights to which artists should aspire.

The gold crested building with its many external sculptures representing the Arts is certainly eye-catching. But if you wish to explore the interior of this Czech national monument, the advice is to get tickets for a performance.

The National Theatre.

The National Theatre.

Stare Mesto from the River Vltava

Moving further along the riverbank, the Old Town runs roughly from Most Legii (Legion Bridge) to Karluv Most (Charles Bridge). There are two key sights along this bank which are visible from the river.

4. The Smetana Museum.

5. The Church of St. Francis.

4. The Smetana Museum

This building, next to the Charles Bridge, was originally a neo-renaissance waterworks. It is fitting that it is now home to the Smetana museum, as one of the Czech composer's most famous works, "Vltava", was inspired by the River Vltava. Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) was a great Czech patriot and known as the father of Czech music.

This museum, containing documents, letters, musical scores, and instruments, serves as a memorial to the composer's life. It opened in 1936. Visitors can zap a music stand with an electronic baton to hear extracts of the composer's work. It was Smetana, who wrote the opera, Libuse, about the founding of Prague, which was performed at the opening of the National Theatre in November 1883.

The Smetana Museum from the River Vltava.

The Smetana Museum from the River Vltava.

5. The Church of St. Francis

The current Baroque Church of St. Francis was built between 1679 and 1685 on the site of the original 1270 church of St. Francis of Assisi. There are underground corridors with tombstones and fragments of the original church. The cupola catches the eye, as you pass on the river, or walk along the Charles Bridge towards the Old Town.

The church was built for the Order of the Knights with a Red Star, who were the gatekeepers of the bridge. Organ concerts take place here. Access to the interior for sightseeing is available April to November outside of concert and mass times.

Church of St. Francis from the River Vltava.

Church of St. Francis from the River Vltava.

The Sights of Josefov seen from the River Vltava

The Jewish Quarter, Josefov is bordered by the River Vltava. There are three sights, which catch the eye along this stretch of the river.

6. The Rudolfinum.

7. The InterContinental Hotel.

8. The Ministry of Industry and Trade.

6. The Rudolfinum

This eye-catching landmark on the riverbank was designed by Josef Zitek and Josef Schulz. It was built 1876-1884 and, like the National Theatre that we have already seen, it is in the Czech Neo-Renaissance style. It houses several concert halls, the Dvorak Hall being one of the finest examples of Czech 19th-century architecture.

The Rudolfinum served as the home of the Czechoslovak parliament 1918-1939 and for a short time after 1945. It is now the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

The statues of Czech, Austrian and German composers that look down from the roof, have spawned a tale of their own. In 1960 Jiri Weil wrote a book "Mendelssohn is on the Roof". In it, he pens the tale of the SS soldiers sent up to the roof of the Rudolfinum to topple the statue of the Jewish composer, Mendelssohn.

The story goes that the soldiers, ignorant of the identities of the statues, sent Hitler's favorite, Wagner, hurtling towards the ground. The story gets better by the telling, but it is said that Wagner never had a place on the Rudolfinum, although the statue of Mendelssohn is still up there.

The Rudolfinum from the River Vltava.

The Rudolfinum from the River Vltava.

7. The InterContinental Hotel

The InterContinental Hotel, located by Cechuv Most on the River Vltava, admittedly is not the most architecturally striking of buildings along the riverbank, but it does have an interesting tale to go with it. The angular concrete style of the building owes a lot to the Communist era in which it was built (1968-1974), although the outside was renovated 1992-1995 and the inside in 2002.

We were fortunate to spend a night here and although our room was a little faded in places, the location, leisure facilities and standard of accommodation fitted its 5-star rating. It's the first hotel I have stayed in with a Rolls-Royce showroom on the ground floor.

Carlos

The story goes that the InterContinental Hotel Prague was the second home to the infamous assassin, Carlos the Jackal (Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez) in the 1970s and early 1980s. Czechoslovakia's secret police kept him under surveillance. On one occasion it is said that Carlos got locked out of his room and was seen angrily running along the corridor with a revolver. It now appears that the Czech regime was a little embarrassed by its guest, but wasn't sure how to handle him.

In 1986 the Czech government hit upon a plan. They told Carlos that a French hit squad was on its way to get him. The ruse worked and Carlos left, never to return. He was eventually apprehended in Sudan in 1994.

The InterContinental Hotel, Prague.

The InterContinental Hotel, Prague.

8. The Ministry of Industry and Trade

Completed in 1934 and designed as a palace by Josef Fanta, this building had a record budget at the time. The construction, which started in 1928, overran by three years. There are 120 sculptures on the facade alone and it is easy to see why the building came at a price. Fanta was also the architect of Prague's striking main railway station.

Surprisingly little is known about this eye-catching government building, which now serves as the base of the Department of Trade and Industry. Some tourists are envious of those who work in such a stunning building and are a little disappointed that we can but admire it from outside, as there is no access to the public.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade, Prague.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade, Prague.

9. Charles Bridge

Of the 18 bridges that cross the River Vltava in Prague, there is one that stands out from the rest. Karluv most, or Charles Bridge, linking the Old Town with The Little Quarter, is recognized as one of Prague's most familiar landmarks. In 1357, Charles IV founded the bridge to replace the Judith Bridge, which had been built in 1158 but destroyed by floods in 1342. Charles Bridge was the only crossing over the River Vltava until 1741.

Originally decorated with a simple cross, Charles Bridge acquired its first statue of St. John Nepomuk, in 1683. St John had drowned after Wenceslas IV had him thrown from the bridge in 1393. Other statues of saints and the Madonna were added in the 18th century and are set on the walls lining either side of the bridge.

At one time the bridge could accommodate 4 carriages side by side, but it is now pedestrianized and tourists head here in droves. Partly they come because Charles Bridge is on the 'tourist route' from the Old Town to the Little Quarter and then up to the palace. They also come to take in the view, admire the statues and see the musicians and various souvenir-sellers on Charles Bridge.

How to See Charles Bridge at Its Best

Few of us probably enjoy jostling in a crowd of other tourists trying to see the best views and capture the best photos. So here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your visit to Charles Bridge, arguably Prague's top tourist destination.

  1. Avoid the busiest times. Aim to get there early, before the crowds. Or try visiting later in the evening, when the crowds are thinning a little. The night time view is said to be just as stunning as the daytime one.
  2. See Charles Bridge from a different perspective. View it from the riverbank. Scenes walking towards it from the New Town river bank are not to be missed.
  3. Admire the bridge from above, by climbing one of the towers at either end.
  4. Take a river trip to get a great river view and avoid the crowds.
View of Charles Bridge from the water.

View of Charles Bridge from the water.

Old Town Bridge Tower

The Old Town Bridge Tower is similar in age to the bridge, dating back to 1380. It played an important part in the fortifications of the Old Town. The tower is open to the public for an admission charge. This is often considered to be the finer of the two bridge towers, adorned with Gothic decorations. There are stairs to the viewing gallery, which was not built for large numbers, so it's best to avoid the busiest times to get the best of the views.

Old Town Bridge Tower.

Old Town Bridge Tower.

The Little Quarter Bridge Tower

Great views are to be had from the Little Quarter Bridge Tower. There is an admission charge to this less decorative counterpart of the tower at the other side of Charles Bridge. Standing next to it is a shorter tower, dating back to 1158, which is all that remains of the Judith Bridge. The larger tower dates from 1464 and it occupies the site of a previous Romanesque tower. If you negotiate the steep steps to the top you will be rewarded with great views.

Little Quarter Bridge Tower.

Little Quarter Bridge Tower.

Just Along the Riverbank

The Sights of the West Bank

The view from the River Vltava is one of a panorama of the colored buildings of Mala Strana with the castle compound towering over it. But in the midst of this, there are a few features which catch the eye.

10. The Observation Tower.

11. Certovka, The Devil's Stream.

12. St. Vitus's Cathedral.

13. Prague Castle.

14. The Strakova Akademie.

10. The Observation Tower

The Observation Tower (Rozhledna) in Petrin Park is sometimes referred to as Petrin Tower or even, on occasion, the Eiffel Tower because of its similarity to the Parisian landmark. This tower dates from 1891, when it was built for the Jubilee Exhibition, as an imitation of the more famous version in Paris. At 60m, it is only a quarter of the height of the Eiffel Tower, but nevertheless, its silhouette can easily be spotted from other parts of Prague. If you are feeling energetic, you can take the 299 step spiral staircase to the enclosed viewing platform, but there is also a lift.

The Observation Tower in Petrin Park.

The Observation Tower in Petrin Park.

11. Certovka, the Devil's Stream

Charles Bridge not only spans the River Vltava, but it also crosses Kampa Island and Certovka, The Devil's Stream, which separates Kampa from the rest of Mala Strana. Certovka is a man-made channel, which dates back to the Middle Ages. It was built by the Knights Hospitaller to provide water for the mills to be built along it.

There are three mills surviving, the most famous of which is the Grand Priory Mill. The mill's name links it to the Grand Priory of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (or Knights Hospitaller). The mill has also been known as Stepanovsky mlyn, Stephen's mill, referring to the 16th-century miller who owned it, and Maltezsky mlyn, Maltese mill. The Grand Priory Mill is no longer in working order and the restored water wheel is purely decorative.

This area is very picturesque and is sometimes referred to as 'Prague Venice' with its buildings located so close to the water. The view from Charles Bridge is not to be missed.

Grand Priory Mill.

Grand Priory Mill.

12. St. Vitus's Cathedral

St. Vitus's Cathedral, in the castle compound can be clearly seen from the River Vltava and from many viewpoints in Prague. It has held this position since building began on the site in 1344, but, interestingly it was 19th and 20th-century architects and artists who finally completed it. It was consecrated in 1929.

A striking sight externally from a distance, it is well worth tackling the hill and making the effort to explore the fascinating interior spanning 1000 years of history.

St. Vitus's Cathedral looking down on the River Vltava.

St. Vitus's Cathedral looking down on the River Vltava.

13. Prague Castle

Prince Borivoj founded Prague Castle in the 9th Century. It has a prominent position overlooking the River Vltava. Within the castle walls, there are many buildings, including a palace, three churches, and a monastery. The town of Hradcany has been located within the outer walls of the castle since around 1320. The royal procession route stretched from the Old Town, across Charles Bridge, and up the hill to Prague Castle. Many tourists follow this same route and are rewarded with a castle area packed with interesting buildings to explore and great views down to the River Vltava and over the rest of Prague.

Prague Castle on its mound overlooking River Vltava.

Prague Castle on its mound overlooking River Vltava.

14. The Strakova Akademie

This stately neo-baroque building catches the eye beyond the Manes Bridge. The Straka Akademie, to use its shortened form, takes its name from Count Jan Petr Straka, the emperor's privy counsel. In his will, he bequeathed his assets to build a students' hostel for the sons of poorer Czech aristocratic families. It was built for this purpose between 1891 and 1896.

The building was used by the Red Cross in World War I as a hospital. After the declaration of the Czechoslovak Republic, came the cancellation of aristocratic titles in 1921. The Straka Akademie continued to be used by students as the seat of the Students' Union and, later, Academic House, a students' club, whilst at the same time also being used by some government ministries. After World War II, the Czechoslovak government took the building over completely. Since 1993 the government of the Czech Republic has sat here.

The Strakova Akademie.

The Strakova Akademie.

The Left Bank of the River Vltava

River Trips

Undoubtedly, the best way to see the sights of the River Vltava is from the water by taking one of the many river trips on offer. We bought tickets from a stall near the Mala Strana end of Charles Bridge, on Straka Island. Our boat looped round near a weir within sight of the National Theatre and turned to go under Charles Bridge, heading down towards Stvanice Island before looping round to return. We got off when it stopped near Staromestska, on the right bank.

Other boat locations we noticed were on the right bank in the New Town and also between Cechuv Most and the Rudolfinum. Ours was a relatively short trip, but we could have traveled further down the river to the zoo or beyond Vysehrad in the opposite direction.

Boat trips from the New Town.

Boat trips from the New Town.

No shortage of boats on the Vltava.

No shortage of boats on the Vltava.

Other Options to Make the Most of the River Vltava

An alternative to a river trip on the River Vltava is a stroll along the riverbank. We favored the right bank and especially enjoyed a walk from the Dancing House towards Charles Bridge for great views of Mala Strana, Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge.

On our walk, we noted some other options. On land, we had seen tours in open top 'vintage' cars and we noticed some had been adapted for use on the river. There were also more conventional pedaloes for hire. On St Wenceslas Day we saw a flotilla of small boats on the river. Water zorbing is an option for those who prefer falling around in large transparent inflatable spheres on the water. We noticed some of these between Most Legii and Charles Bridge on the right bank.

Floating cars in Prague.

Floating cars in Prague.

Pedaloes on the River Vltava.

Pedaloes on the River Vltava.

The Vltava Experience

On Our List for a Future Trip

In my view, a good holiday is marked by two things. Firstly, a vast number of photos, which suggest great sights worth capturing. Secondly, coming away with the sense that there is still more to do. Prague, for us, ticked both these boxes.

It would have been good to explore the islands on the River Vltava a little. We could have taken a boat trip up river or down river to the zoo. I would like to see Charles Bridge at night and maybe climb the Old Town Bridge Tower to catch the view after dark.

One day we might return to Prague. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a visit to Prague or at least enjoy this glimpse of Prague from a river perspective.

The view from the right bank of the River Vltava.

The view from the right bank of the River Vltava.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Liz Westwood

Comments

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 09, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Peggy. I recently revisited this article myself, as I put it on Pinterest with associated pins. It's early days for me on the site and I am still finding my way around.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2020:

Thanks for another virtual look at Prague and the River Vltava via your fantastic photos. The architecture of that dancing house is amazing.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 10, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Carson. I would highly recommend Prague for when you can travel again. It is a beautiful city.

Carson McQueen from Philippines on April 10, 2020:

This is so beautiful! Added to my travel bucket list!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 24, 2020:

How the other half live. I used to think 5 star was the top, but clearly this is on a whole new level.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

Hi Liz,

You might say that! My husband knows the concierge who works there. He has been given a private tour of it, except a few upper-end rooms that were taken. He was told that it is not unusual for the monied clients who stay there to drop $10,000 or more in some of their in-house shops. Amazing!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 21, 2020:

Thanks. Wow! I just took a look at the website. The video on there is amazing. I have never come across a 5 diamond hotel before, nor one with a private helipad. I would imagine that the Post Oak Hotel attracts a very select clientele.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2020:

Tilman Fertitta's hotel that is owned exclusively by him is called the Post Oak Hotel in case you want to look it up. It received a 5-star rating within 6 months of opening.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 22, 2020:

Thank you for your answer, Peggy. I will have to look him up. I have noticed that a lot of branded hotels are not owned by the brand, which I used to assume was the case. Most are franchises. The hotels are often owned privately or by companies, but run by a separate management company. I sometimes wonder how much all these different layers of ownership/management/branding add to the price. Sometimes, if brand standards are not maintained, the hotel loses the branding.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2020:

Hi Liz,

To answer your question: The hotel in Houston with the Rolls Royce dealership in the lobby is not a national brand. It is privately owned by multi-billionaire Tilman Fertitta who also owns many restaurants, among other things. Supposedly it is the epitome of luxury.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 03, 2020:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Victoria. I was surprised to find a building designed by Frank Gehry in Prague. I have not come across anything like it before.

I have to be quite careful with maps and use them sparingly, as I understand Google charge HubPages for their use. But I tend to think that they are a vital part of a travel article.

Victoria Hannah from Sydney, Australia on February 02, 2020:

Isn't Frank Gehry such a prolific architect? He designed the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in Sydney, we call it the paper bag building but it is beautiful, I love his work. Your photos are amazing Liz and I love your maps with their directions...you see I am stalking you because your layouts and content are fab.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 26, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. I learnt a lot while I was researching this article. I was interested to find out that the tower was used as a base for keeping an eye on Vaclav Havel during the Communist era. It sounds like there's scope for an article on the water towers in California.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 24, 2020:

The water tower story really resonates with me. Here in California we have lots of water towers and they all have stories, decoration, some have murals painted on them. They are each unique and important to the community.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 13, 2020:

Thanks for your comment, Shepherd Traveller. There was so much to see and do in Prague that I have written several articles about this interesting city.

Shepherd Traveller from India on January 13, 2020:

I have been here but you have summarized in the best way!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 05, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Devika. I like looking at cities from the river. It gives a different perspective and also the opportunity to relax on a boat for a while. Prague is a beautiful city and well worth a visit.

Devika Primic on December 05, 2019:

I haven't been to Prague this information is most helpful to a traveler and myself. My friend has been twice and going again in March.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 08, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, MJFenn. There are so many interesting sights in Prague that even breaking it down into area-specific hubs, there's a lot to write about.

MJFenn on April 08, 2019:

Interesting hub on an historic and picturesque city.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 03, 2019:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, RTalloni. It's great to be able to put my photos to some use, combined with what I learned on the trip to Prague. It is an amazing city.

RTalloni on April 03, 2019:

What a marvelous trip you had! Thank you for sharing about your experience and great photos. Incorporating these historical details created an interesting vicarious trip for any reader. This would be a great preparation for travelers to read. So enjoyed this well done post!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 11, 2019:

Thank you very much for your comment, Billy. There are some great river cruise routes in Europe like the Danube and the Rhein. We have yet to go on one, but I have noticed advertising for Viking river cruises. They look great. It's a comfortable way of taking in several locations in a single trip. I am very pleased that this article ticked a few boxes for you.

Billy W Mitchell from San Marcos, Texas on February 11, 2019:

I love this article. My wife and I have always wanted to take a Viking River cruise through Europe. As a Geographer with a minor in Sociology I love to learn about different regions of the world...it's history, peoples, cultures, and land. You made all of those things come alive in your article!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 16, 2019:

Thank you for your comment,Linda. After a morning walking through the Old Town, we were glad to rest our feet by sitting on a river boat and taking in the sights along the Vltava.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on January 15, 2019:

The Dancing House is my favorite. It's one of the most unusual buildings. Prague's architecture along the Vltava is beautiful. A river cruise and walking along the river would be a great way to see all the sights.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 08, 2018:

Thank you, Peggy. I appreciate that. That's interesting. Do you happen fo know which brand the hotel is?

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2018:

I'm very happy to be able to share images and impressions of sites over here with you and look forward to learning more about the places you have visited. By-the-way, one of our hotels in Houston has a Rolls Royce dealership in the lobby.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 07, 2018:

Thank you for your encouraging comment, Peggy. There is a lot to see in Prague. I have more articles to write, but struggle to find the time. I have not been to America and rely on the articles of others to find out about places over there.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2018:

This is a fantastic article filled with such beautiful photos and descriptions. Having never been to Prague, you have given me a good idea of the many things to do and see there. Thank you for this in-depth article!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 19, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Louise. I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Prague. A flight from Stansted takes around 90 minutes. But I noticed that temperatures are getting cold there now. Some friends visited in January and it was freezing.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 19, 2018:

Prague looks a lovely place to visit. I like the Dancing House. That is very nice.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 16, 2018:

Prague definitely has a good amount of older buildings, but I have never come across anything quite like the Dancing House before. The story behind it is interesting.

Arthur Russ from England on November 15, 2018:

I’m not usually so keen on modern buildings, I prefer older architecture, but I do love the ‘Dancing House’, it’s so quirky.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 14, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Natalie. We found so much to see in Prague while we were there that there was just too much to put in one article. Like many cities, the river area has a cluster of sights along its banks.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on November 14, 2018:

A very thorough description of your travels in Prague and an interesting way of dividing it up to discuss. I never would have thought of using bridges and a river to describe the areas of a city. Nice job!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 07, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Mohan. Prague's sights had interesting stories behind them.

Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on November 07, 2018:

Excellent portrayal of Prague. It is places like The National Theatre and The Devil's Stream that add character to the town.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 07, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Lorna. I hope you get to visit Prague sometime. It has all the ingredients of a good city break.

Lorna Lamon on November 07, 2018:

What a wonderful article! I can envisage myself exploring Prague in the near future.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 31, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Larry. I would definitely recommend a visit to Prague. There are more articles that I plan on writing about the city.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 31, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Nell. The Dancing House is a little off the main tourist routes, but I'm glad we found it. We were so taken with it when we visited the first time that we booked to have a meal there on our last day in Prague.

Larry Slawson from North Carolina on October 31, 2018:

You did a really great job with this article! Lots of information here. I have always wanted to visit Prague. Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

Nell Rose from England on October 30, 2018:

What a great tour! The Dancing building totally blew my mind, that would definitely be a strange thing to see first hand! really fascinating.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 30, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, John. Prague is a very photogenic city. It is easy to take a lot of photos there, but not so easy to select the best. There are so many places beyond Europe that I will probably never get to that I rely heavily on articles written by others to see them.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 29, 2018:

What a comprehensive and wonderful pictorial tour of Prague, Liz. I know I will never get to visit there but your article made it almost feel like I had. Excellent.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 28, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Gregory. I have not come across a building like the Dancing House before. It is unique and it has an interesting history. It is a little off the main tourist trail in Prague, but well worth a detour.

Gregory DeVictor from Pittsburgh, PA on October 28, 2018:

Liz, you have successfully written another comprehensive article. I was most impressed with the absolute beauty of “The Dancing House,” particularly the glass tower.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 25, 2018:

Thank you for your encouragement, Dora. I especially appreciate it, as I am having difficulty getting this article moved to Wander Wisdom. It keeps being batted to and fro between me and the editors.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 25, 2018:

From your first sentence to the last, your article is intriguing. Thanks for all the interesting facts. What great views from the River Vltava you have provided. The only thing better would be to visit in person. Thanks for this amazing experience!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 18, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Neetu. I have also written a hub about Prague Old Town and I still have other areas to write about. Prague is certainly worth a visit.

Neetu M from USA on October 18, 2018:

Very thorough hub on Prague, Liz. Enjoyed it. When I do visit Prague at some point in the future, I will take another look to remind myself the sights that I wouldn't want to miss. Thank you.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 17, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Poppy. Several people I knew, who had visited Prague before me, spoke very highly of it. So I was wondering if it would live up to my expectations. Prague exceeded them. I hope you can go sometime.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on October 17, 2018:

You really love Prague and it makes me want to visit too! Wonderful pictures.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 16, 2018:

Thank you for your encouraging comment, Bill. I am very aware that my travel is mainly European based and there is so much more further afield that I also can only experience through the eyes of others.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 15, 2018:

It's a big world out there and I've seen so little of it. Thank the gods for writers like you who share your travels with the rest of us.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 14, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Robert. I was a little concerned that we might run out of things to do in Prague, as friends who had visited for long weekends or a quick tour whilst on business had expressed surprise at the length of our stay. I needn't have worried though. As you can see, there was plenty to do and I haven't finished writing about our experiences in Prague yet.

Robert Sacchi on October 14, 2018:

I enjoyed reading this article. I had no idea there was so much to see in Prague. The pictures ae great.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 14, 2018:

Thanks for your encouraging comment, Louise. I was surprised how short the flight was from Stansted to Prague. So it is relatively easy to get to and well worth a visit. There was a lot to see in Prague and I have material for more articles.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 14, 2018:

I would really love to visit Prague. It looks such a lovely place. Your article has inspired me to want to go even more! I love the photographs. Thankyou. =)

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 14, 2018:

Thank you for your encouraging comment, FlourishAnyway. I have been given a list of changes that need to be made for the article to be moved to a niche site. That's one of my jobs for tomorrow. I wondered how we would fill our time, but needn't have worried. There was plenty to see in Prague. InterContinental hotels are an occasional treat for us. I am just starting to write about a recent experience in one in Amsterdam. They are all so different, each with their own interesting background and individual style.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 14, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Thelma. Prague is well worth a visit. I would class it as being one of the most unspoilt European cities I have visited.

I have Budapest on my list of places I would like to see.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 13, 2018:

I read this wonderful article the other day and am back to comment. I enjoyed the mixture of geography and history lesson. It’s impressed that you stayed in Prague nearly two weeks and found so many interesting places to visit. I’d love to go. I’m all for that Intercontinental Hotel, as I’ve stayed in the one in D.C. at Christmastime and loved the luxury!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 13, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Ethel. I would highly recommend a visit to Prague. Better still if you can stretch your weekend to a few days, as there is so much in Prague to see.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on October 13, 2018:

Beautiful Prague! This place is one on my travel list. Thanks for the tour. It was wonderful.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 12, 2018:

Thanks for a comprehensive hub highlighting so much on offer in Prague. It is a popular weekend destination for Brits these days. We must visit soon

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 11, 2018:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Linda. Prague exceeded my expectations. It was a very good city break. European cities are reasonably accessible for us. Our flight was around 90 minutes from the UK to Prague. There are so many places your side of the Atlantic that I read about and will struggle to get to.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 11, 2018:

Thank you very much for the tour and for sharing all of the information and photos, Liz. Prague looks like a wonderful place to explore. I'd love to see it in real life, but reading your article is the next best thing.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 11, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Dred. Prague is a unique North Eastern European city. I can understand why you see shades of Belgium especially in the Old Town Square and the Certovka canal area. I found the Museum of Communism in the New Town very interesting, as it covered the time when the Soviet Union had strong links with Czechozlovakia.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 11, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Mary. I had heard good things about Prague before I went, but I was surprised that it exceeded my expectations. Where did you go to the concert? We went to an open air one, but I would have liked to go to one in a concert hall or church.

Travel Chef from Manila on October 11, 2018:

Looks so beautiful Liz! I haven't been to Prague but I hope to visit the place in the future. It seems like the place looks like a mix structure style of Belgium and Russia. Absolutely wonderful place!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 11, 2018:

Liz, you have really amazing pictures. You made me want to go back. Prague is one city we really enjoyed. When we were there we attended a concert, Requiem, a fund raising by Caritas. I also enjoyed the history of the River Vitaba.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 10, 2018:

Thanks for commenting, Shannon. We were in Prague for 12 days and found plenty to see there.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 10, 2018:

Looks like a beautiful city to visit. The architecture and history is quite interesting.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 10, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Ann. You won't be disappointed with a visit to Prague. It is one of the better preserved European cities and easily accessible from the UK. We flew Ryanair at reasonable cost from Stansted. I was wary of stories about stag parties there, but didn't come across any in Prague.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 10, 2018:

Fabulous city, fabulous photos and a wealth of information & tips for the tourist. Prague is a place I've long wanted to visit and your descriptions have made me even more interested.

Thanks for the tour and for such detailed info.

Ann