The Janáčkovo Embankment is on the left bank of the Vltava River and stretches from the Palackého bridge to the Legií bridge and it is about 970 meters long. In the late 19th century, the northern part was called the Ferdinand embankment. Southern part, which formed the road, was called the Riverfront Street.
The current name has been in use from the beginning of the 20th century. The embankment serves both the automobile traffic and pedestrians. Between the embankment and the Children's Island, which it surrounds, there is the water lock Smíchov. It connects the Children and the Petržílkovský islands with the mainland by footbridges.
The embankment was named after the prominent and distinguished composer Leoš Janáček, who along with Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana is considered one of the most important Czech composers. In addition to the above mentioned Children's Island, there are many various hotels, office spaces, shops, restaurants and pubs in the area.