The unique area of the upper Vltava is inaccessible to the public, so you can see the Vltava meadow only from the boat. You can only get here on a boat if there is enough water. Due to the lush vegetation on the banks, the movement here would be quite difficult and unpleasant with a large number of mosquitoes. This part of the Vltava is one of the cleanest rivers in our country. The area at the confluence of the Teplá and Studená Vltava rivers was declared a natural monument Vltavský luh in 1989 and is also the 1st zone of the Šumava National Park.
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Interesting facts Vltava meadow
The river and peat bogs are protected
Due to the purity of the water, you will find various organisms and plants in the river that are very rare or even extinct elsewhere. Rare animals live in riparian vegetation - mammals, birds and insects. There is also one of the largest and old peat bogs, reminiscent of the Ice Age. The peat bog is covered with cage pine, various types of birch trees grow on the edges. Above the surface of the peat bog rises withered solitary trees, which from a distance look like skeletons. They were damaged by an underground peat fire, so their bleached trunks make a haunting impression on passing paddlers.
You can see rare plants and animals
The rarer plants here include the carnivore sundew, the round-leaved sundew, the three-leaved sagebrush, the Siberian iris, and the mudflat. Stulík small and others, you can also see some protected and rare animals, such as various species of nacre. Vipers are also very common here. The Vltava meadow is also important for ornithologists, and molluscs and fish thrive in an undisturbed environment.
Inaccessible to the public
Wetlands, ponds, blind branches of the river and peat bogs are not normally accessible to the public. You can get here with some exceptional events with a guide. It is possible to see the Vltava meadow only in summer, when sports boats are allowed to sail on the river, but it is not allowed to land and climb ashore. A view of the landscape is also possible from the road or railway. Even so, you can at least get an idea of the river's flow with typical curves, side branches and interesting vegetation.
Author: Helena Syslová