Prague brings the beach to the Vltava riverbank

As the capital of a landlocked country, Prague isn't usually associated with the beach. People flock to Prague for its history and beauty, not to relax in the sand.


All that may change with the renovation of Žluté lázně, an artificial beach oasis built right into the embankment of the Vltava River. The remarkable area covers 35,000 square meters and is equipped with beach volleyball courts, cage football, table tennis, Pétanque grounds, and several bars and restaurants, not to mention over 700 tons of imported sand. The area may not rival the Bahamas, but it's certainly a great place for "summer fun." There are regular music and sporting events at Žluté lázně, and the area remains active through the autumn months.

Although swimming in the Vltava is popular, it's probably not something to write home about. For a nice alternative, you can rent pedalos, rowboats, or canoes and head out for a picturesque ride along the river.

You can reach Žluté lázně by trams 3, 17 or 21 to the stop Dvorce. Take the short walk from the tram stop to the entrance gates. The entrance fees are set at 80 CZK ($5). For more information, take a look at this very informative article from