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The Moldova (Vltava) River
The Moldova, in Czech called Vltava, is the longest river in the Czech republic. The Moldova has a length of 440 km and is furthermore a tributary of the Elbe.

The Moldova descends from three source rivers. These are the so-called Gramineous Moldova, near Kuschwarda (Strážný), the so-called warm Moldova near Aussergefild (Kvilda) and the so-called cold Moldova near Haidmuehle in the Bavarian Forest. At least the Moldova flows in the Elbe at Mělník.

The Moldova does of course not flow only through the wonderful Prague, but in the same way through cities as České Budějovice (Budweis) or Český Krumlov (Krumau). The biggest city in south Bohemia and the center of the South-Bohemian Region is Budweis. The city has got worldwide fame, especially because of the Budweiser beer. The city Český Krumlov is led onto place two of the UNESCO list of sensitive monuments in Europe and therefore also carries the name Venice at the Moldova.

Up to fragments in the upper Moldova valley at Oberplann, as well as around Budweis and Prague, the Moldova flows through a mostly narrow valley. The Moldova was in addition an enormous inspiration and creative leisure for many artists. One of the most beautiful works is without a doubt the symphony of Bedřich Smetana the Moldova. In this sinfonic poetry, Bedřich Smetana applies the race of the river to the melody. The work reflects the race of Moldova again, beginning with the two small springs, the cool one and the warm Moldova, to their union to a stream, the race of the Moldova through forests and wide fields. The Moldova keeps on flowing in wide train towards Prague, at the Vyšehrad, and vanishes in a royal race finally at Mělník into the Elbe.

You can of course find out more about the great Czech composer if you visit the museum of Bedřich Smetana, who is on a bank of the Moldova.

According to the law, the Moldova has the character of an international waterway in Prague. On a boat you can reach Mělník and then Usti nad Labem, Dresden or even Hamburg.

According to legend, water sprites used to live in the Vltava River. These strange men used to collect the souls of drunk people in small pots in the water. The first one used to live under the Vysehrad Castle. The second one, who lived under the Charles bridge had problems with low levels of water in this part of the river. He had to be careful that his head did not come out above the water. The third Prague water sprite lived close to Cechuv most.
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