Unique natural scenery, medieval castles, chateaus and ruins, as well as quaint river bank towns. All this can be enjoyed on romantic cruises in the Czech Republic. Here is an overview of the most interesting ones. Experience the past in adventure parks.
Bohemian Switzerland – voyage through the Rock City all the way to Dresden
Breathtaking rock formations can be admired between Bohemia and Saxony during hiking excursions and cruises in the local waters. A jolly boatman will take you along the Kamenice River through Silent (Edmund’s) Gorge and Wild Gorge, going both up and downstream and to the Mezní landing stage between the gorges to stop for necessary refreshments. The boarding station is on the Czech-German border in Hřensko.
Cost: € 2-3 per adult
Views of the rock formations and the Elbe bay can also be enjoyed on a longer voyage, which connects North Bohemian Děčín and German Dresden. You can sail the whole Děčín - Dresden route, as well as the shorter one from Hřensko to the Bad Schandau spa. On the way you can admire the sites that inspired the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. The boat Poseidon also organizes thematic cruises, in November with a tasting of local wines, in December after Advent.
When: Apr-Nov + advent cruises
Cost: € 3-65 according to the length of the cruise and services
Prague by candlelight and the zoo with children
Prague sightseeing cruises of various lengths and various specializations are offered in the capital by several companies. It’s best to choose directly on site, on the Prague waterfront between Palacký bridge and Jirásek bridge, where most boats dock. You can go beyond the boundaries of Prague to the confluence of the two largest Czech rivers, the Vltava and the Elbe, to historically rich Mělník. The romantic cruises of Prague-Venice also go through the Old Town underground, providing views of the capital both in the summer and winter. You can order a cruise just for yourself and your friends and even have a BBQ in view of the most beautiful sights of Prague. With the little ones, don’t miss out on a cruise to the Prague Zoo, one of the largest and most admired in Europe.
When: all year round
Cost: from € 5 (voyage to the Zoo)
Wild ride through historic Olomouc
One of the most famous Moravian cities located in the heart of Haná is famous for its Holy Trinity plague column standing right in the square in Olomouc. The column, registered on the list of UNESCO, is one of the few places where you'll have to get off from a special raft that instructors will lead there during the voyages. A total of 4 routes, that surround the Litovelské Pomoraví Protected Landscape Area, lead along the main flow of the Morava River. The cruises last from 20 minutes to 3 hours and pass by the local chateaus and a brewery. The rafts are adapted for disabled persons.
When: April to October
Cost: from € 3 depending on the length of the route
Foreign-language leaflets for download at: http://www.perej.cz/plavby-historickou-olomouci/vyhlidkove-plavby-historickou-olomouci/
Canal of the famous shoemaker Tomáš Baťa
The Baťa canal technical monument, named after the Zlín "shoe king" Tomáš Baťa, provides trips with expert commentary on boats and individual rides on houseboats, motorboats and canoes. You can spend your entire vacation on this famous Moravian tourist waterway, or indulge in a shorter morning or afternoon cruise. The length of the canal is 60 km, during which the flow passes through 13 locks and 50 bridges and you can operate a boat here without testing, up to a speed of 20 kph. It is possible to take one’s own boats on the canal free of charge.
When: May – October
Cost: one-hour cruise from € 3, half-day boat rental ca. € 30
Through magical Český Krumlov by torchlight
Unconventional journeys on wooden rafts through the historical center of the most romantic Czech city - Český Krumlov - are held throughout the season. The romantic cruises start at dusk, the voyages with torches pass all major landmarks and last about one hour.
When: June – August
Cost: € 15 per person