second drain that I explored in Prague. It was a long,
but satisfying evening walk.
The Botic is an old brook that
flows through north-west Prague. It disappears
underground here - near the old castle walls.
The next section is
approximately 700m long; it passes under Vysehrad
castle and exits into the Vltava River.
It certainly is passable. Once a
year the lake at the other end is drained and
then canoeists go through here and end up in the
There was a 50 cm dry area along
the sides. It should have been passable - but I
didn't have a light with me. So I went upstream.
On the left is a green city park
On the right an occasional
deserted utility building. I didn't explore, I
In the distance the high viaduct
(Nuselský Viadukt). On the left stairs going
down to the water. It didn't look enticing.
Later I found websites for
canoeists that told of all the infectious
diseases you could get by touching this water.
But some people let their dogs swim in it.
detour : Next day my son and I went to
take a closer look at the viaduct. It's a weird
construction - the metro goes through it and the
cars go over it.
It has a majestic view over the
city. If you search the web for "Nuselský
Viadukt" you can even find a life webcam.
In the early days a lot of
people jumped from it and then fell through the
roofs of the houses under it.
Now it has a high fence on both
sides. You can see the Botic down below, through
the walk : Still going upstream I passed
under the viaduct admiring the huge pillars.
And I saw the first interesting
object in the distance.
Streetcar nr. 18.
Train going to Praha Smíchov.
And a nice underpass.
At Kresomyslova street I passed something
that looked like a deserted brewery. Here the
Botic turns left. I strayed a bit to explore the
Finding the back entrance from Belehradská
street I entered a courtyard with old trees. But
all the nice buildings were still in use and I
saw no way in.
From a wooded dead en street - Na Ostrúvku -
I saw the first real drain.
Nice and spacious. Easy to walk through.
Again I exited in a city-park. This time :
Havlíckovy Sady. It was May and a lot of trees
had flowers. A nice evening walk.
The drain continues past some side streams
and over a few steep waterfalls. Here some
children were playing in the stream. Here I took
a small detour because my attention was caught by
this romantic construction.
I didn't know what it was - it didn't look
like fortifications. You could go inside and walk
through dark corridors and up narrow stairs.
Later I found out that it was an old vineyard.
Here the Botic crosses Petrohradská street.
I climbed down under the bridge and admired the
urban infrastructure and the old decayed walls.
Water was flowing from a broken outlet. Slowly
the evening fell.
I looked at my map and saw that the next big
underpass - under the big train yard - was still
a long way off. No way I could make it in
daylight. So I emerged grudgingly. I walked along
the football stadium and took a streetcar home.
On the way home I looked out of the window of
the streetcar and I saw a drunk who was so
unstable that he had to embrace a streetlamp. At
home I also took a good beer and decided that I
would be back someday.