A Cheap Alternative to a Prague Boat Tour: Paddle Yourself Down the Vltava

Well folks, it’s that wonderful time of year again when the birds are chirping, the sun is finally out and skies are more than not – blue.If all these components line up, it’s time to head out to the river and get on a small paddle or row boat. Is it for real? You bet. Bring some beer, snacks, and a friend or two and you’re set for a perfect day. Take in the sights from the Vltava and you can paddle or row your way under bridges and see Prague from a different perspective.That sounds expensive. But it’s really not. For 200 CZK you can rent the boat for an hour (although in my experience they never stop you from staying out longer). If you’re out with your buddies, split the price and it’s well worth the mini boat trip.What’s great is that it caters to both the sporty and lazy type — you can either paddle with your legs as if you’re pedaling a bicycle, or you can grab onto some oars and row the boat like old times. I personally feel that rowing the boat is much simpler than pedaling (because the pedals are very heavy and it takes a lot of energy to propel the boat that way – unless you have a lot of friends with you to help). But the options are all there.This simple activity has recently been catching a lot of attention and many tourists have been lining up to experience the city from the water. It’s also an alternative, affordable and more adventurous option than booking a meal on a cruise that goes along the same river. Although you have to row or paddle yourself, the experience is worth it.How do I get on board?Here’s all the information you need:Where do I pick up a boat? On Slovanský ostrov.What are their hours? From April to October from 11:00 to 20:00. However, if the weather is bad they usually close early or do not open at all (for obvious reasons).For more information, visit their website here.