Smetanovo Nábřeží, named after the famous classical composer Bedřich Smetana, is the right river bank of Vltava between two bridges – Most legií and Charles bridge. It used to be a free sandy space gradually slanting to the riverbank with fisherman’s lodges and crooked trees. In the 19th century Prague’s first stone river bank was built here. Now this place is kind of touristy – a place to take a picture of Prague castle and Charles bridge – but I like to sit here on a bench on the sidewalk adjacent to the river and enjoy the lively street.
In the last few years the river banks in Prague have become full of life (especially Rašínovo nábřeží is full of locals – check the article) and I have to recommend a walk alongside the river starting from Smetanovo nábřeží through Masarykovo nábřeží to Rašínovo nábřeží.
The interest and growing inclination of people to spend time on the river banks is also seen in the future plan for Smetanovo nábřeží – it will be a broad boulevard closed off to cars and trams with plenty of cafés and shops.