From steep slopes to winding waters: The five most picturesque Vltava River viewpoints
Join Radio Prague International on a tour of the most beautiful Vltava viewpoints, which are freely accessible and ideal for day trips.
The Vltava River, with its 430.2 km, is the longest river in Czechia. In the middle and lower reaches, between the Lipno reservoir and the mouth of the Elbe, it flows through a varied landscape, often forming deeply-incised valleys. After the construction of the main part of the Vltava Cascade in the 1930s-1960s, the difference between the terrain on the banks and the river level in the canyons was reduced by several tens of metres, but an impressive combination of steep slopes and tens to hundreds of metres of wide flow was created, with impressive views from above.
There are countless places from which to admire the Vltava, but there are several dozen better-known viewpoints, which can be reached by a marked or at least trodden path and often have their own name. These are usually sites of other interest, either from a natural or cultural point of view (rock formations, rare plants and animals, castles).
If you ask a Czech for a good summer getaway, it is quite likely they will mention the Lipno reservoir.
One of the most popular lookout spots on the River Vltava is in the hills of the Central Bohemian Upland, about an hour’s drive south of Prague.
The next stop on our Vltava tour takes us to a valley near the small village of Teletín, offering some of the most beautiful views you can find of the Vltava River.
In few cities in the world can you find such diverse scenery on the river as on the Vltava in Prague.
Some of the most beautiful views of the Vltava River are at the river’s turn near Úholičky, an area linked to the rulers of the Přemyslid dynasty.