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Smíchov, Prague

Smíchov in Prague

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About Smichov:

Prague quarter Smichov, located on the left bank of the Vltava river south from Prague Castle, has changed its appearance in recent years. Until 19th century, Prague outskirts with factories and lots of industrial objects is now quickly changing into commercial, shopping, cultural and residential zone with close proximity to Prague old historical centre. Newly built hotel complex could be find in the heart of Smichov quarter.

Large industrial halls from the 19th century were replace by developer by shopping centres or hotels, but the quarter still retains its unique character with a lots of bars and night life.

In Prague administrative division, Smichov is the central part of Prague 5. The quarter was mentioned for the first time at the end of the 13th century in connection with the coronation of the Czech king Wenceslas II (1271 - 1305). Starting from the Middle Ages, the prevailing part of this territory was occupied by vineyards, hop-fields, yards, fields and gardens belonging to the Church. Mills were built along the river.

Huge industrial boom of Smichov was started in the 18th century by the foundation of several manufactures. From the beginning of the 19th century factories started to be built on the place where Prague townsmen and noblemen built their gardens and follies two centuries before.

The quarter quickly became a "hundred-chimney Manchester". Since 1848 it has had its own self-government, after that it became one of Prague suburb. In the second half of the 19th century, the town hall was built, which has been used for this purpose ever since, and opposite the town hall, the Church of St Wenceslas was built. Together with the factories, also some residential houses and colonies for workers were built.

Nowadays, after most of the factories were demolished or renovated into modern houses, Smichov offers ideal address both for business and residence.

One of the factories still kept and working is Staropramen, the largest brewery in Prague and the is the second largest brewery in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1869 and the brand name Staropramen, literally meaning “old spring,” was registered in 1911. In 1876, the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph visited the brewery, and after testing the beer, he quoted "excellent beer, excellent indeed". Now, it is owned by transnational Inbev and its products are exported to 37 countries across the globe, mostly in Europe and North America. Staropramen has also its visitor centre, so people can learn all about the past and present of the brewery along with the taste of the beer.

Not all of the villas built in the 17th century were destroyed during the industrial boom in Smichov. For example, Bertramka, elegant villa not far from the metro station Anděl, was the temporary residence of one of the greatest musicians in the history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, during his visits to Prague at the 18th century. As a guest of Czech composer František Dušek, Mozart finished his opera Don Giovanni in the house. The opera was performed in the Nosticz Theatre (now The theatre of Estates) on 29 October 1787, one day after Mozart completed the scores, with the full title Il Dissoluto Punito ossia il Don Giovanni Dramma giocoso in due atti.

Now the villa is the Mozart museum, where summer concerts are also held.

Accommodation in Smichov area.

00.jpg Hotel Ibis Mala Strana Prague ***
Ibis Praha Smíchov, just few minutes away from the heart of the city, where you can find Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, cosy restaurants and bars. Our hotel, which is located in the heart of new developing area, just next to one of the biggest shopping centre in Prague, is very pleasant setting fo...
Special Offer: 52 EUR Double room / night

1.jpg Hotel Maxim Prague ***
The hotel Maxim 3 stars hotel located in the city centre within 10 min to the Old Town. The nearest metro station Andel is 300 metres away from the hotel and the tram station is only 50 metres away. Hotel offers accommodation in 21 rooms. The rooms are furnished and equipped with a bathroom, WC, col...
High-Season: 104 EUR Double room / night

1.jpg Hotel Balkan Prague ***
The family Hotel situated in a historical building near the city centre of Prague in the Smichov district provides accommodation in 31 rooms equipped with a shower, toilet, phone, safe-box, TV-Sat and radio. Balkan Hotel offers services: billiards, darts and other games in the hotel playroom, sauna....
High-Season: 88 EUR Double room / night

2.jpg Hotel Andel Prague ***
Those who enjoy traditions can find in a close neighbourhood one of the most outstanding jewels of the Czech brewing trade -the Staropramen Brewery. Especially younger generation will appreciate recently opened world class shopping and entertainment centre "City Centre Zlaty Andel" in the hotel's vi...
High-Season: 168 EUR Double room / night

1.jpg Pension Valton Prague **
The Pension Valton guesthouse is located on the edge of Malá Strana, one of the most beautiful and remarkable of old Prague’s quarters. It is situated in a quiet street, only two tram stops from the Andil shopping centre. The city centre can be easily reached within 15 minutes using Prague’s public ...
Season II.: 71 EUR Double room / night

1.jpg Andels Suites Prague *****
andel’s Suites Prague, designed by Jestico + Whiles, is located in the new and fastest growing business area ”Ande! l City”, close to the historical city centre. It is a refreshingly new concept in the highest quality accommodation. It offers privacy, convenience and comfort to long-staying tourist...
High-Season: 204 EUR studio / night

01.jpg Hostel Arpacay Prague *
Arpacay Hostel is one of the fastest accessible hostels in Prague from the International Airport (it takes only about 40 minutes and you just need to change once) and from all train and bus stations in Prague (by Subway). The hostel Arpacay with its clean and comfortable rooms offers a homely and re...
High-Season: 52 EUR Double room / night

00.jpg Pension Splatservis **
Splatservis pension is located near the down-town, close from new made quarter Andil (Nový Smíchov), subway line B, easy transporting. Splatservis pension offers single, double, triple, four-bed rooms and apartment
Special Offer: 40 EUR Double room / night

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