The Vltava River, the longest river in the Czech Republic, is 430 km long, collecting water from around the Bohemian Forest in the south, traversing the country from south to north, and emptying into the Elbe River. Derived from the Old Germanic language meaning "wild water," it is also well known by its German name, the Moldau River. In Prague, the capital city, and in the ancient city of Český Krumlov, you can feel the grandeur of the river as expressed in Smetana's symphonic poem "Má vlast".
Vyšehrad is a small hill located on the right bank of the Vltava River. It is a historic district where the fortifications that were built as a defensive front for Prague in the Middle Ages still remain. The hill is decorated with a number of heritage sites, including the magnificent Gothic-style Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, which has been a part of the city's history for a thousand years. The hill, with its view of the Vltava River and the red roofs of Prague below, is a perfect place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.