The Vltava is the longest river within the Czech Republic, running southeast along the Bohemian Forest and then north across Bohemia, through Český Krumlov, České Budějovice and Prague, and finally merging with the Elbe at Mělník. It is commonly referred to as the Czech national river. The Vltava river is 430 kilometres long and drains an area about 28,090 square kilometres in size, over half of Bohemia and about a third of the Czech Republic's entire territory. The height difference from source to mouth is about 1,016 metres and the largest stream at the source is named Černý Potok (or Teplá Vltava). The Vltava itself originates by a confluence of two streams, the Warm Vltava (Teplá Vltava), which is longer, and the Cold Vltava (Studená Vltava), sourcing in Bavaria. Along its course, Vltava receives many tributaries, the biggest being Otava and Berounka from the left and Lužnice and Sázava from the right side. Its section around Český Krumlov (specifically from Vyšší Brod to Boršov nad Vltavou) is a very popular destination of water tourism.

Your task is to visit the source of our national river and take a picture with it. Upload the photo as a proof.

It is quite a journey. You have to get to the city of Kvilda first. There you find the church of Saint Stephen, where you´ll see a guidepost. YOu will follow the blue signs through the city center towards South. After 1,5 km fromthe church the road leads you to a forest and continues straight to the spring. The spring lies approximately 7 km from the city of Kvilda, so make sure to have good shoes!