A small corner of a big world

If you want to know how Praguers have a good time, we recommend that you leave the historic centre and head to some of its outlying neighbourhoods on the adjacent hills.

Only here will you experience that unbearable lightness of being first hand and understand the true bohemian tradition which the inhabitants of this ancient city have developed with gusto and passion over the centuries.

 

Vítkov
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One of Prague’s most famous quarters is Žižkov, situated at the foot of Vítkov Hill. Atop the hill is a giant monument with one of the biggest equestrian statues in the world. The larger-than-life horseman is Jan Žižka of Trocnov, the undefeated commander of the Hussites, who gave his name to the sprawling district below. Also helping with orientation here is the tallest structure in Prague, the Žižkov TV Tower – which, according to some journalists who have probably never even been here, is said to be one of the ugliest buildings in the world.

Žižkov TV Tower
Žižkov TV Tower
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Žižkov TV Tower © Jakub Kafan

Žižkov TV Tower

The Žižkov TV Tower was built in 1985–1992 to the design of Václav Aulický and Jiří Kozák. The structure consists of three cylindrical steel tubes, together spanning 134 metres in height. The main tube conceals two express lifts and merges with the antenna extension, which extends to a height of 216 metres.

The Žižkov TV Tower © Jakub Kafan

The Žižkov TV Tower

Mounted on the tower since 2000 are fibreglass sculptures of babies by the sculptor David Černý.

The Žižkov TV Tower © Jakub Kafan

The Žižkov TV Tower

The tower is the tallest observation deck in the Czech Republic, and you will have the best view of the entire city from here.

The Žižkov TV Tower © Jakub Kafan

The Žižkov TV Tower

The Žižkov TV Tower – Café © Jakub Kafan

The Žižkov TV Tower – Café

You can start your day at eight o’clock with breakfast at an elevation of 60 metres.

The Žižkov TV Tower – Café © Jakub Kafan

The Žižkov TV Tower – Café

The restaurant closes when the last customer leaves.

The Žižkov TV Tower © Jakub Kafan

The Žižkov TV Tower

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Žižkov underground

Žižkov, a bohemian quarter full of nightlife, cafés, bars and artists, is sometimes called the Montmartre of Prague, and it really does have a lot in common with that famous district of Paris. Just as it is located at the foot of a hill consecrated to warriors and martyrs of war and there was once a vineyard here, it has also always been a magnet for artists of all kinds.

Žižkov underground
Žižkov underground
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U Sadu © U Sadu

U Sadu

Address: Pospíšilova 2, Praha 3

Opening hours: sun-wed 8:00 – 2:00, thu-sat 8:00 – 4:00

U vystřelenýho oka © U vystřelenýho oka

U vystřelenýho oka

Address: U božích bojovníků 3, Praha 3

Opening hours: mon-sat 16:30 – 1:00

U Slovanské lípy © U Slovanské lípy

U Slovanské lípy

Address: Tachovské náměstí 6, Praha 3

Opening hours: 11:00 – 24:00

Republika Žižkov © Republika Žižkov

Republika Žižkov

Address: Koněvova 129, Praha 3

Opening hours: mon-fri 16:00 – 22:00

U Vodoucha © U Vodoucha

U Vodoucha

Address: Jagellonská 21, Praha 3

Opening hours: 11:00 – 24:00

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Photos: A concert at Palace Akropolis (©Akropolis palace), Žižkov streets (© Jiří Kubíček)

 

Fans of alternative culture will find Žižkov to be heaven on earth. At every step, you will find a club or a pub full of interesting people. To anyone coming here for the first time, we recommend starting at the very heart of the local scene – Palace Akropolis, directly under the Žižkov TV Tower. It has a café, a bar, and two performance spaces, where every day there is a concert or one of the local DJs. The distinctive interior decoration is as offbeat as the fate of this place itself: At one time it was owned by a company for burying the cremated, which rented it to the Comedy Theatre (Divadlo Komedie). Today, in addition to housing the club and cafés it is also the headquarters of the Prague Fresh Film Fest, featuring films by students and emerging filmmakers. During the festival, films are screened at various locations throughout the city. One of the most interesting locations is the nearby Rieger Gardens (Riegrovy sady), where you can watch films on a big screen with a marvellous vista in the background of the evening skyline with the silhouette of Prague Castle.

Palace Akropolis
Palace Akropolis
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Palace Akropolis archive palace Akropolis

Palace Akropolis

Palace Akropolis - theatre bar Palace Akropolis

Palace Akropolis - theatre bar

Palace Akropolis - great hall Palace Akropolis

Palace Akropolis - great hall

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