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The Prague's district Žižkov is located on the east side of Vltava, behind the main railway station. It's number of bars per square kilometer is almost legendary, but it can offer many hidden gems if you patient enough to look for them. Žižkou roughly corresponds to Prague 3.

UnderstandEdit

Historically, Žižkov was a rough, working-class neighborhood, filled with factories, brothels and gambling bars. Often compared to the Paris neighborhood of Montmartre, Žižkov today is an economically diverse neighborhood filled with Czech families, expats teaching English and working artists. Žižkov is said to have more bars per capita than any other neighborhood in the world.

Get inEdit

The "party part" (east) of Žižkov is served by tram stops Husinecká and Lipanská. Trams number 9, 5, 15 and 26 usually run here every few minutes, during the night these are served by trams 98 and 95 running every 30 minutes (20 during weekends). The western, more quiet part is served by tram stop Biskupcova with trams number 9, 10, 11, 16 stopping here. For the upper (south) part of Žižkov, you can use green metro 1 and its Jiřího z Poděbrad and Flora stations. Žižkov is also walkable, you can walk from one side to another is around 20 minutes, even though the steep terrain might make this a bit challenging.

SeeEdit

 
Žižkov Monument

ŽižkovEdit

 
Church on Jiřího z Poděbrad Square and Žižkov Television Tower
  • 1 Žižkov Television Tower, Mahlerovy sady 1, Praha 3, +42 267 005 778, . 10AM-11PM every day. Built by the communists to jam foreign radio signals, the most hideous building in Prague offers spectacular views of the city. The cafe at the top is a great place to grab a coffee and enjoy the view. Lookout for the giant metallic alien babies that have been added to the tower. Admission is 230Kč (December 2017) for adults.
  • 2 National Memorial on the Vítkov Hill (Národní památník na Vítkově). "Žižkov Monument", located at the top of Vítkov Hill. This immense equestrian statue was erected in 1950 to commemorate Czech national hero Jan Žižkov, who fought his most famous battle on this site and later had the hill and the neighbouring city renamed after himself. The scale of the monument is impressive enough, but the views of Žižkov (and entire Prague) from the top of the hill really make the climb worthwhile.
  • 3 Military Museum (Armádní muzeum), U Památníku 2, Praha 3, +420 973 204 924. 10AM-6PM. Closed for reconstruction until 2020. Showcases the uniforms, weapons, artifacts, and maps relating to the Czechoslovak armed forces during World Wars I and II. Interactive exhibitions on the World Wars from the Czechoslovakian perspective. Free entrance. Not recommended for young children due to shocking content (war crimes a.o.). Free.
  • 4 Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord (Kostel Nejsvětějšího Srdce Páně), náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad (metro line A, station "Jiřího z Poděbrad"). Porbably the most unusual and monumental modern church dominates the big Jiřího z Poděbard Square. Built between 1928 and 1932 and designed by the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik. Candidate to get on UNESCO list. For modern architect lovers, this is definitely a must! After the visit, you can buy something on popular farmer's market nearby.

CemeteriesEdit

  • Kafka's Grave, Olsany Hrbitovy, Praha 3. Take the metro to Zelivskeho on the green line and follow the signs to the New Jewish Cemetery. Kafka's grave is signposted around 100m along the path to your right from the entrance. Men should cover their heads. The cemetery is closed on Saturdays.
  • 6 Olšany Cemetery, Vinohradska 153, +420 267 310 652, . 8:00-19:00. After day in a busy city, walking in calm and big Olšany Cemetery is a great idea! It is the largest graveyard in Prague, remarkable for many art nouveau monuments. The cemetery has calm and mysterious atmosphere, some perts of it are very old. Famous people such as Jan Palach (in protest against apathy of poeple in communism self-immolated student), Klement Gottwald (first communist president of Czechoslovakia), 19th century writer Karel Havlíček Borovský, actors Rudolf Hrušínský and Jan Werich and many others are buried here. free.
  • 7 Old Olšany Jewish Cemetery, Fibichova (Used since late 18th century, when well-know Old Jewish Cemetery in Old Town stopped to be used. One century later, bigger New Cemetery was built (see above). Located right under the Žižkov TV Tower, more than half of the cementary was destroyed. At least, the oldest part remained), +420 221 711 511. Mo, We 11:00-15:00, Fri 9:00-13:00, it's possible to arrange your visit on a different date. 50 Kč.

DoEdit

CinemasEdit

  • 2 Kino Aero, Biskupcova 31. Small art-house style cinema. Film festivals. Many English language films shown with Czech subtitles.
  • 3 Žižkov freight railway station (Nákladové nádraží Žižkov), Želivského 2. Old freigt railway station, in operation between 1932-2002. In 2013 building became a cultural moument. Since 2016 area is managed by the National Film Archive. Summer cinema is working right now and many other activities are planned.

EatEdit

  • 1 Highland Steak House, Lucemburská 28, +420 222 714 653. 11:00-23:00. Steaks and burgers

CzechEdit

  • 2 U Houdku, Borivojova 110, Praha 3. Traditional (and inexpensive) Czech Restaurant with beer garden in summer. Lunchtime specials are particularly good value.
  • 3 Strudel, Jeseniova 29, Prague 3. Home-baked apple strudel. Locally run, so there may be a language barrier.
  • 4 Olse, Olšanské náměstí. Czech. Well known for its unpasteurized Pilsner beer. Menu in Czech and English.

OtherEdit

  • 5 Mailsi, Lipanská 1, +420 222 717 783. 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00. Pakistani. Menu in Czech and English. Friendly family atmosphere with several aquariums.
  • 6 Fosil, Milicová 25. 12:00-24:00. Authentic Mexican.
  • 7 Spice India, Husitska 37 (bus stop U Pamatniku). 12:00-23:00. Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. Take-away available. Lunch menu from 79 Kč.
  • 8 Kon Nichi Wa, Bořivojova 58. 10:00-22:00. Japanese and Thai. Sushi.
  • 10 Taverna Olympos, Kubelíkova 9. 11.30–24.00. Greek cuisine
  • 11 Pind, Korunní 67. Indian cuisine, possible to sit outside.
  • 12 U Bohouše, Polská 34. 11:00-23:00. Mostly czech cuisine
  • 13 Pho Vietnam, Slavíkova 1, +420 775 465 678. 10:00-22:00. Authentic Vietnamese bistro, one of the best pho (Vietnamese soup) in Prague and other dishes.
  • 14 Bruxx. Belgian. Seafood and beer (dozens of kinds).
  • 15 Dish - fine burger bistro, Římská 29. 11:00–23:00. Home-made burgers and chips.

BuyEdit

  • 1 Bohemian Retro, Chvalova 8. Tues-Fri 11am -7pm. Vintage clothing and accessories.
  • 2 Shalamar, Lipanská 3 (Tram Lipanska). 10.00 – 19.00. small Indian and Pakistani food store.
  • 3 Adelaide, Blodkova 2, +420 222 515 279. Mo-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-12:00. Shop with hand-made and original clothes and gifts.

Shopping mallsEdit

  • 4 Atrium Flora, Vinohradská 151, Praha 3. Modern shopping mall with IMAX cinema. At Flora station on the green metro line.
  • 5 Letňany Shopping Centre (OC Letňany), Veselská 663, Praha 9 (Metro C: Letňany then free bus). Huge shopping centre north of the city.

DrinkEdit

  • 2 Černá Vdova (Black Widow), Štítného 8. 17:00-3:00. Unusual bar specializing in cocktails. Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus and Guinness on tap. Summer beer garden, free grill available. Late-night pizza, possible take-away for 110Kc. Happy hours 5-8pm daily (Pint of Guinness for 60Kc!) Staff speaks Czech and English. Possible group reservations.
  • 3 Spirit Bar, Dalimilova 2. 11:00 - 02:00.
  • 4 U Sadu, Škroupovo náměstí 5 (Jiřího z Poděbrad Metro (323 m)), +420 222 727 072. Several draught beers including Gambrinus and Svijany, each served at 32 Kč per half liter. Open until 4am; kitchen also open late, but dependent on customers as to how late.
  • 5 U Vystrelenyho oka (At the Shot-Out Eye), U Bozich Bojovniku 3. Famous Zizkov pub serving Pilsner and Gambrinus on tap. Unusual artwork depicting the Battle of Vitkov Hill. Serves bar food (fried cheese, goulash, sausage). Staff speaks mainly Czech but an English menu is available.
  • 6 Tiki Taky, Cimburkova 22. 18:00 - 05:00. Tiki bar. Specializes in cocktails. Staff speaks Czech and English.
  • 7 Bukowski's Bar, Bořivojova 86 (Tram: Lipanská). Cocktails.
  • 8 Sedm Vlků (Seven Wolves), Vlkova 7 (Tram: 05, 09, 26 (Stop: Husinecká)).
  • 9 Kaaba Café, Mánesova 20. 08:00 - 24:00. small café, friendly atmosphere
  • 10 Vinohradský pivovar ((Vinohrady brewery)), Korunní 106. Brewery with restaurant renewed in 2013. Interior of restaurant is very simple and modern.
  • 11 mamacoffe, náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad 12, +420 773 656 958. Mo-Fri: 8:00-19:00 Sat-Sun: 9:00-19:00. Fair trade café, one of four mamacofee cafés in Prague.12 U Posledního soudu, Jagellonská 8, Praha 3, +420 603 412 671. Small but great and inexpensive wine bar serving Czech wines and wines from neighboring countries.
  • 13 Maleše Microbrewery (Malešický mikropivovar), Malešická 126/50, +420 727 803 872, . A nice new brewery in Malešice district.
  • 14 El Mágico, Chemická 953, +420 702 155 950, . A popular club in university campus (thus popular especially among local students). Due to its distance and target group, beer is 40 Kč and entry fee is no more than 50 Kč. There is a direct night bus 511 from a bus stop near this club to the center.
  • 15 Shadow Cafe, Křižíkova 134/58, +420 725 800 576, . A nice rooftop bar near Křížikova metro station. Come early (6PM) on Friday or there will not be a place for you.
  • 16 Bar Milá tchýně, Minská 626/11, +420 723 675 950, . A nice bar in Vršovice district, a lot of people on Fridays
  • 17 Café V Lese ((Forest Café)), Krymská 12. 12:00–3:00. Café with a gallery and music club, runned by famous Czech activist Ondřej Kobza.
  • 18 Kolčavka Brewery (Pivovar Kolčavka), ulice Nad Kolčavkou 907/8, +420 736 735 685, . A nice small brewery in Libeň district

SleepEdit

Many hotels and hostels in Prague 3 are located just 15 minutes walking distance from the center of Prague.

BudgetEdit

  • 2 Czech Inn, Francouzska 76, +420 267 267 600. With its chic-modern design, Czech Inn offers a wide variety in accommodation from shared rooms, private double rooms, and apartments. Breakfast buffet served daily, with a trendy bar to try your favorite Czech beers and cocktails. Prices from 275Kč for a shared room and 1,250Kč for a private double room.
  • 3 Hostel Elf, +42 222 540 963, . Husitska 11, Žižkov. Smokey common area, free internet and wacky rooms. Breakfast and free tea and coffee all day are included. Dorms, doubles, triples, privates with bathroom or without. There are four (or more) different seasons with different prices. In low season fifth night free.
  • 4 Three Crowns Hotel, Cimburkova 28, +420 222 781 112, .
  • 5 Clown and Bard Hostel, Borivojova 102, Žižkov, +42 222 716 453, . With a lively vibe and a bar in the basement there's always something going on at the hostel too, though it's not the cleanest or newest in town. Free breakfast and internet is available for all guests and rooms in the very large dorm start at 300Kč. For those who want a little privacy, five bed dorms, six bed privates and doubles are available for 380czk, 400Kč and 500Kč respectively.
  • 6 Guesthouse Chlumova, Chlumova 10. Mid-priced guesthouse located 1 block from the Lipanska (tram 9) tram stop. Private rooms, some with a private bathroom and kitchenette. Staff speaks Czech, English, Spanish and Russian.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 10 Hotel Anna, Budečská 17, +420 222 513 111. Each of the 22 rooms is equipped with shower & WC, hair dryer, IDD telephone, satellite TV and a safety deposit box.

NorthEdit

  • 11 Hilton Prague, Pobrezni 1, Praha 8, +420 224 841 111, fax: +420 224 842 378. Large modern hotel right on the bank of the Vltava close to the Old Town. Double rooms range from €155 per night for a simple guest room to €215 for an executive suite.
  • 13 Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Freyova str., Prague 9 (metro line B at the Vysocanska station, just 10 minutes by metro from the centre). 4-star hotel connected to the Fenix shopping gallery and close to O2 Arena. 559 modernly and appealingly furnished standard and executive rooms. Wireless internet in public areas and wired internet in the rooms. Spa and fitness facilities are available in the building at an additional cost. Rooms from €65/night.

ConnectEdit

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