Did you know that...
The Podskalská Customs Office at Výtoň is, next to the early Baroque church of St. Cosmas and Damian, the last surviving remnant of the ancient fishing village of Podskalí, which existed as early as the end of the 12th Century. Its inhabitants gradually gained a monopoly on the timber trade, which was floated in on the Vltava.
The museum located in this unique Renaissance building, which was built in the 16th Century and whose dominant feature is the log floor, offers a permanent exhibition titled ‘Extinct Podskalí and Life on the Vltava River’, which introduces the original purpose of the building - i.e. a place for collecting customs duties from wood floated to Prague. The exhibition documents the changes in transport on the Vltava River in the vicinity of Prague and the life of boaters, timber merchants, woodcutters, sawmillers, ice makers, raftsmen and other ‘people of the water’ in the times of ancient Podskalí. The building stands near the former tollhouse, where tolls were collected for wood transported on rafts down the Vltava River to Prague. Since the 16th Century, the building housed a famous inn that catered not only to local boaters, but also served as a dormitory for those from outside the city. In addition to wood, salt and other foodstuffs was also transported to Prague, and the rafts even served to transport people. The last raft navigated the Vltava River in 1960.
Source: The City of Prague Museum
TIP: While you’re in the area, don’t miss the nearly Náplavka - Rašín Embankment.
Rašínovo nábřeží 412/30
120 00 Praha 2
Sat – Sun 9:00 – 18:00
(last entry at 17:30)
Admission price list
with the Prague Visitor Pass