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5 historic sights you must see on a Prague boat tour

Vltava river cruises often sell themselves on views of the spectacular Prague Castle, and who can blame them? But is the hilltop landmark really best seen from a boat? Here are five sights that are!

  • Charles Bridge

    1. Charles Bridge

    As the River Vltava's only crossing until 1841, this 15th-century, gothic pedestrian bridge was crucial for connecting the castle and Old Town for much of the Prague's history.

  • National Theater

    2. National Theater

    The National Theater, home of Czech opera and performing arts has been running since 1881. Can't get tickets for a show? Compare night boat tours to see its stunning exterior illuminated instead!

  • Rudolfinum

    3. Rudolfinum

    Even in a city as handsome as this, the magnificence of this auditorium and art gallery is dwarfed only by Prague Castle. It's home to one of the oldest concert halls in Europe.

  • Čertovka

    4. Čertovka

    The "Devil's Stream" was dug to power medieval watermills still visible today. You'll also see the sights of Kampa Island, including Liechtenstein Palace.

  • Dancing House

    5. Dancing House

    Designed by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry to symbolize Czechoslavikia's transition to democracy, the Gaudí-esque Dancing House stands out amid Prague's Baroque and Gothic cityscape.

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Prices for sightseeing boat tours of Prague's Vltava river begin at €8 for a basic, one-hour sightseeing package, but can cost upwards of €50 for a better quality tour complete with meals and – as is quite popular on Vltava river cruises – live music.

  • What about dinner?

    The banks of the Vltava look splendid lit up by night, so why not book an evening's dinner cruise? Unless you're after something fancy, prices for these (often with a buffet) are very affordable. There are also lunch cruises available if those better suit your itinerary.

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What people are saying about Prague

Overall rating

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I come from Indonesia and book a full day tour with Gray Line Tour. I end up with having a private tour only with the guide, Mr. Dvořák. He is really nice and explains everything clearly for us who don't know much about Europeans history. He absolutely know a lot of histories of Prague and around it, associated with the buildings, people, streets even sentiments between party instances. He even rearrange the timings with the weather forecast so I could experience Prague best, with a very good lunch. I personally recommend this full day tour for those who wants to learn a lot about the buildings and histories behind them.

Nice tour. The boat we were supposed to take was cancelled but the next dock was already prepared to accept us without any glitch. The tour was in English with appropriate comments and not too much. Weather wasn't the best, slightly rainy and mostly cloudy. But enjoyed the trip.

Alice was a very enthusiastic guide who loved sharing her knowledge. We visited places we would not have seen on our own. The trip included walking tours, a car tour, an excellent lunch a relaxing but informative boat trip. This tour was well organised.

Best boat trip ever! It was great to learn more about the history, while enjoying included drink and snack, in an astonishing

The free drink is only a small one As a welcome drink . If you need other drink will not be free ...