History of the steamboat

The construction of the Vyšehrad steamboat was preceded by a period of renovation and modernisation of the Prague Steamboat Company fleet in the 1930s. In the previous 40 years, the fleet was supplemented only by the purchase of older boats at the expense of new shipbuilding.


History of the steamboat


That changed in 1937, when an extensive renewal of the fleet was decided upon, during which large paddle steamers and two saloon steamers were repaired. At the same time the construction of two large paddle steamers was begun: the Dr. Edvard Beneš and the Antonín Švehla, today called the Vyšehrad.

The two steamers were built at the Ústí nad Labem shipyard and on 1 May 1938 both steamers were festively launched on their inaugural voyage, both with the participation of numerous honorary guests and luminaries. Immediately after the launch the Vltava steamer was deployed to Prague and sailed through the newly opened Vranov Dam, which at that time had just one lock chamber.

After World War II, the Vyšehrad steamboat returned from Dresden, where it had served in the last years of the war as a floating canteen, back to Bohemia. In the 1960s and 80s, the boat underwent two more extensive renovations. The last one in 1992 restored its original historic character, which you can still enjoy today.

Thanks to this sensitive renovation and subsequent responsible operation, in 2013 the Vyšehrad steamboat, together with the Vltava steamboat, was declared a Czech cultural monument.