Žofín Island is the most famous and popular of the islands in the Vltava River in Prague. In the past it was known as Sofie Island (Zofie in Czech), after Princess Sofie, the mother of Frantisek Josef (Franz Joseph), the Emperor of Austria and King of Bohemia from 1848 to 1916. Its official name today is Slovanský ostrov (Slovansky Island).
The Zofin Palace, a neo-Renaissance structure, has hosted many balls and concerts. Liszt, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Dvořák (see Bookmark, page 97) and Smetana all performed there.