Cruise Czech rivers, lakes, and reservoirs

While the Czech Republic does not have a seacoast, you can still board a boat in several places and enjoy pleasant moments with unforgettable views from the water. Take a trip on a steamship, enjoy the romance of an evening cruise, or check out towns or the countryside from the deck of a cruise ship.

A steamship in Prague and beyond 

The Vltava River meanders through the center of Prague and a boat trip on it complements a tour of the city nicely. After all, the sites and city panorama look very different from the water. Several companies offer boat cruises that wend their way through the city center. In the summer you can take a boat all the way to the ZOO or the Slapy Reservoir, or to the confluence of the Elbe and Vltava rivers north of Prague, near the town of Mělník. There are also rentals points in Prague where you can hire a 4-seat pedal boat. Give it a try and get even closer to the water’s surface!

Prague boats. ©Shutterstock.

Cruises the Vltava water reservoirs

Prague is not the only place where you can get on the water: there are also cruises on the Vltava water reservoirs. The reservoirs of Lipno, Slapy and Orlík also offer scenic cruises. For example, the pleasure cruise around Zvíkov Castle on the Orlík reservoir is very popular. The dock is located right at the castle in Zvíkov, so you can look forward to some beautiful panoramas of the river and the Gothic castle. The South Bohemian Lipno reservoir is called “the Czech sea”, and you can enjoy a special, round-trip sunset .

Lipno Marina in South Bohemia. ©CzechTourism – Libor Sváček.

Elbe canyon in Bohemian Switzerland

In North Bohemia, where the largest Czech river, the Elbe, leaves the country and continues to Germany, you must a cruise through the Elbe canyon. The voyage begins in Děčín  and continues to Hřensko, where most ships turn around and go back to Děčín. You can get off in Hřensko and cruise along the Kamenice River on romantic boats and explore the wild gorges. We highly recommend it! A mysterious world of crystal-clear water, high rock walls covered with moss, and divine tranquility awaits you.

Kamenice River in Bohemian Switzerland. ©CzechTourism – Bedna Films.

Vranov reservoir and Dyje River cruise 

The Vranov reservoir on the Dyje River in South Moravia, which has proudly been nicknamed the “Adriatic of Moravia”, is a popular summer recreational area. From the town of Vranov nad Dyjí, with its beautiful château, you can take a boat to Bítov Castle! The river is literally squeezed between steep slopes covered with green forests, . At first, a cruise on the Dyje River resembles (with a bit of imagination) a cruise through the Amazon jungle. You board the boat in the Lednice Château Park. From the river level, you will see unique views of the park, château, minaret, and Jan’s Castle. All of this together forms a unique set of UNESCO monumentsthe Lednice-Valtice Landscape Area.

Lednice Chateau with beautiful gardens and parks. ©Shutterstock.


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