Prague Naplavka is one of the top waterfronts

Prague Naplavka is one of the top waterfronts in Europe

According to New York Times the Prague Náplavka is between ten favourite places on European Rivers, Lakes and Coastlines.

Prague is real gem of architecture. But in recent years, the Czech capital has embraced its natural beauty as well, especially the Vltava river, which slides through the city. Big move was the 2010 start of the weekend farmers’ market, commonly called Naplavka, on the Rasinovo Nabrezi embankment south of Old Town. The growing popularity of cycling, jogging and rollerblading among residents, combined with the city’s unexpected turn as the European Capital of Sport in 2016, has drawn even more people to the river, especially in the Troja district north of the center. The Troja embankment is bustling with bikers, runners and in-line skaters on any sunny afternoon, to say nothing of the pedestrians heading to the nearby Prague Zoo. Heading south, strollers can cross the scenic Trojska Lavka footbridge over the Vltava to Cisarsky Ostrov and on to Stromovka, a park that was founded as a game preserve in the 13th century. For evening fun, Troja’s Galerie Trojsky Kun puts on open-air blues, country and jazz concerts.
Closer to the center, new waterfront attractions include Lod Pivovar, a recently opened microbrewery on an anchored boat next to Stefanikuv Most bridge, as well as a ferry line crossing the Vltava between the Karlin and Holesovice neighborhoods by way of Stvanice island.
Many travelers probably won’t notice that the music playing during the landing in Prague aboard most Czech Airlines flights is none other than the Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s symphonic poem “Vltava.” But if you experience Prague like a local, you’re likely to take home many wonderful memories of the beautiful river itself…
Says Evan Rail, for NYT.

Rankink the top ten waterfront places in Europe

  • Brighton Pier, Brighton, England
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, France
  • Eftalou Hot Springs and Golden Beach, Lesbos, Greece
  • Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany
  • Fjords Near Bergen, Norway
  • Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Centro Botín in Santander, Spainsource www.nytimes.com and visitoprague.com

 

10 reasons to take a city break in Prague

10 reasons to visit Prague

Prague is a city of architecture. Romanesque chapels and cellars, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces and gardens, worldly Art Nouveau buildings and unique Cubist architecture make it a unique place in the world.

Prague is a city of best and cheap beer. Taste traditional Pilsner at any of Prague’s pubs or beers from small and medium-sized breweries both from the Czech Republic and abroad. Beer is really cheap in Prague!

Prague is musical. Prague can satisfy both classical music fans and fans of rock, pop and every other genre. While you can get your fill of classical music in the Rudolfinum, the Municipal House, or one of the churches in Prague, no fan of dance music should miss a visit to Prague’s music clubs.

Prague is a town of bridges over picturesque river Vltava. Few cities can claim to have such a picturesque river as the Vltava. Pragues is spanned by over thirty bridges and footbridges, its water gently laps the edges of ten islands, and each day dozens of steamers, rowboats and pedal boats glide through its waters.

Prague’s historic gardens and parks are truly some of Prague’s gems. There are over two hundred – the oldest of them was founded in the Middle Ages, they offer breathtaking views of the city.

Prague also has celebrated cafés which people visit out of respect for the classical café tradition. Try Café Slavia; experience a nearly Parisian atmosphere at Café Louvre; and the Grand Café Orient will win you over with its exceptional Cubist interiors.

You can cool your shopping fever in a number of modern shopping malls (Palladium, Nový Smíchov, Arkády Pankrác and more) or on Pařížská Street, Prague’s most exclusive shopping avenue, home to many of the world’s top luxury brands.

Prague offers countless activities for families with children. Take a steamship from the city centre to the Prague Zoo, rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful zoos in the world.

Prague has technical monuments commemorating changes in the everyday life of our ancestors in comparison with the present day.

Prague’s views are breathtaking 365 days a year with nearly a thousand towers and spires. That’s Prague is nicknamed “the city of a hundred spires”.