The eleventh bridge along the stream of the Vltava River in Prague, is Štefánik Bridge. It connects the right-bank embankment of Ludvík Svoboda with the left-bank embankments of Kapitán Jaroš and Edvard Beneš. Naturally it then connects the street Revoluční třída with the Letná tunnel.
The chain Bridge of Emperor Franz Joseph I, which used to be there from 1868, featured the largest cast-iron building in Prague. The bridge then underwent renovations in 1898 and was eventually dismantled in 1947. It was replaced by the current reinforced iron concrete bridge, which was built gradually between 1949 - 1951.
Today, its construction consists of three vault fields at the length of 182 m. Together with ramps the bridge is 263 meters long. The designers of the construction were Vlastislav Hofman and Otakar Širc. It is interesting that during its construction staves from steel tubes were used for the first time.
Like most bridges, Štefánik Bridge was renamed in the past - during World War II it was the Leoš Janáček Bridge during communism the Šverma Bridge. In 2007, the bridge underwent a complete refurbishment. That time its roadway was completely replaced, and the stone block paving on the roadway and sidewalks was replaced with asphalt pavement. Also, the tram tracks lived to see the replacement.
You have the opportunity to view Štefánik Bridge from an unusual perspective from the deck of our ships and steamers. Some of our regular cruises have such an option, or you can rent a boat for a corporate event and thus go on a cruise of your liking.