Sculptures on the River Vltava. The Vltava River cuts through the magical city of Prague between classical buildings buildings and beautiful bridges that cross , as the Charles Bridge and other more modern . In the Middle Ages the river was used to transport timber from the forests of the south that was used for construction. In the history of the creation of the city, has played a key role . Currently , there are still areas where it descends in rafts , especially indoors. Tourists can enjoy a dinner cruise and the magnificent views of the City of a Hundred Spires from the water. It is noted that the joint capital of Bohemia was made by and for the river when designing your city. No one bathes in its waters, making good the philosophy of Heraclitus . Instead, many palaces and buildings overlook the river, looking from many perspectives , allowed for strong breezes caressing and never give back. A few years ago suffered terrible floods , with some impressive damage , but like a broken heart is involved, the Prague still living in the face of its river. So a dozen majestic bridges linking the two sides of the city, from the art of Charles IV to the last on the outskirts of the city. The Vltava ( Czech: Vltava ) is the longest river in the Czech Republic , its course runs from its source in Šumava through ? Eský Krumlov ? Eské Bud? Jovice and Prague , joining after the Elbe in M ? Lnik . Its length is 430 km and irrigates an area of ??approximately 28,000 square kilometers at its confluence carries more water than the Elbe , but joins at right angles to its course, it seems a tributary . In August 2002 a flood of the Vltava killed several people and caused extensive damage along its course. One of six symphonic poems Czech composer Bed? Ich Smetana in his book My Country ( Czech: Má Vlast ) is called Vltava musically evokes the river .