Photo of Smetanova Vyhlidka by Milada Machová / Wikipedia commons

One of the Czech Republic’s most photogenic lookouts has closed over safety concerns

If you still want to see this beautiful view of the Slapy region, there is another option

A popular lookout spot over the Vltava river in Třebsín and the Štěchovice dam near Krňany has been closed by the landowner due to safety concerns.

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The curve in the river southwest of Prague has drawn tourists from across the country because of its natural beauty. Since the coronavirus pandemic, visitors have flocked to the destination to take photos and look out over the river.

But the lookout point at Třebsín (Smetanova vyhlídka u Třebsína) has been fenced off and the access road to the trail has been closed, according to a report in iRozhlas, which originated from a local adventure club.

Josef Hušbauer, the mayor of the town, said that in May, a local tourist fell from a rock and suffered a serious head injury. The landowner added that visitors have cluttered the land and left behind trash.

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The lookout site was built in 1974 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, who composed the second part of “My Homeland,” about the famous Czech river.

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If you still want to see the beautiful Smetana river, there are two other options.

The Solenice meander (Solenický meandr) viewpoint is located 1.5 km from the mid-Bohemian village of Zduchovice; it’s a little over an hour’s drive from Prague and open year-round (find travel info here). The horseshoe-shaped panorama viewpoint was even featured on Kaufland grocery bags.

Equally photogenic, though a bit closer to Prague, is the Máj Prospect (Vyhlídka Máj) located near the village of Teletín Krňany, less than an hour outside of the Czech capital, a meander of the Vltava River that flows through a rocky canyon opening up into a similarly phenomenal view.

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