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Holešovice - A District Reborn: From Graffiti to Industrial

This route is ideal for those whoʼd rather be enchanted by the raw charm of a modern city and the poetry of old industrial complexes. The walk takes you through one of the most exciting and rapidly developing Prague districts, where thereʼs always something happening. Holešovice was a former centre of manufacturing and business, and some of its distinctive factory complexes from the early 20th century remain. The factories no longer serve their original purpose and have been modernized and renovated, finding new lives as apartments, offices, and studios for young artists, designers, and architects. Come see what a former brewery, steam mill, or slaughterhouse look like today. Stroll through a district that offers delightful surprises with its plethora of quirky cafés, alternative galleries, and shops – an area where creativity and innovation await you around every corner.

Holešovice - A District Reborn: From Graffiti to Industrial, Praha 7 - Holešovice

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Route Length: 6 km / 3 miles

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  • Veletržní palác (tram stop) - Heřmanova St. - Řezáčovo náměstí/Square

This small square squeezed between residential buildings is not only an excellent place to rest for a bit, but it’s also a place where all kinds of festivals and markets take place. You’ll find numerous pop-up stores with contemporary design, as well as sustainable and slow fashion. If you’re longing for some coffee with a dash of boho atmosphere, stop by Kavárna Liberál.

 

  • Farského St. - Husův sbor (Hus Congregational House)

This imposing seven-story apartment building was completed in 1937, ten long years after its cornerstone was placed, for the Czechoslovak Hussite Church. In addition to its unmistakable tower with chalice and Byzantine cross, there’s a marble-lined chapel and one of the largest columbariums (vaults for cinerary urns) in Europe, spread over two underground floors.

 

  • Strossmayerovo náměstí/Square - Bubenská 1

Strossmayerovo náměstí/Square

A busy transportation node whose east side is dominated by the pseudo-Gothic Church of St. Anthony of Padua dating back to the early 20th century. A unique nativity scene is stored here, with the figures dressed in native costumes of various Slavic nationalities.

Bubenská 1

The former seat of Elektrické podniky hl. m. Prahy (City of Prague Electric Works) is one of the most significant and spectacular Functionalist buildings in Prague. In the early 1900s, it was the largest office building in the city. Now you’ll find here The Chemistry Gallery; Forbidden Spot, a gallery of street art and showroom of the Life is Porno brand; the Prague by Yemi dance academy; and more.

 

  • Bubenská St. – Vltavská metro station

For most, this is a neglected metro station with a bad reputation, but for fans of street art, it’s a required stop. The walls here have come under the hands of world-renowned graffiti artists, including a series of realistic drawings from everyday life created by European street art legend MODE 2. In 2015, the Berlin delegation DIAMONDS Crew sparked controversy when they decorated the extensive outdoor spaces with intentionally “ugly” graffiti in reaction to the commercialism and over-saturation that reign now even in street art. They were the first to use only chrome and black paints to symbolize the particular place and atmosphere that prevails there.

 

  • Bubenské nábřeží/Riverbank - Pražská tržnice (Prague Marketplace)

For nearly 100 years, this large complex with Art Nouveau and Neo-Renaissance elements functioned as a slaughterhouse. Today it’s the home of the largest produce market in Prague, an Asian market, as well as countless other shops. You can shop at the open-air market stalls or inside the vast halls. The halls are home to such businesses as the Asian fusion restaurant SaSaZu, the Trafo Gallery featuring modern art, and the Jatka78 theatre and art space, focusing on circus and new theatre.

 

  • Komunardů St. - Tusarova St. - Argentinská St. - ArtGen

ArtGen is the first office-gallery complex in Prague. Its modern architecture makes for an interesting backdrop to themed exhibitions, which are held not only in the open space between the Art and Gen buildings but also in their interiors. ArtGen has created a unique space that serves both work and leisure purposes.

 

  • Tusarova St. - Tovární St. - Osadní St. - Dělnická St. - Komunardů St. - U Průhonu St. - Osadní St. - Poupětova St. - DOX

Dox Contemporary Art Centre focuses on art projects that include critical reflections on current social topics. Thanks to its independence and program based on international cooperation, DOX has become a vital pioneering force on the Czech cultural scene. The building itself is the result of rebuilding an old factory and is an example of cutting-edge contemporary architecture. Worthy of particular attention is the 42-meter long wooden rooftop construction – the Gulliver airship – which functions as a venue for literary events.

 

  • Komunardů St. - U Průhonu St. – Holešovický měšťanský pivovar (Holešovice Town Brewery)

A late 19th century brewery that at the time of its founding led to the ruin of many smaller breweries. Many Praguers have tasted the local beer, as it was brewed here under the “Měšťan” brand until 1998. Today the brewery premises serve as an office complex. It was declared a cultural monument for its exceptional architecture combining Romanticism with Renaissance and Gothic elements, as well as its high level of technical execution.

 

  • Na Maninách St. - U Uranie St. - U Parního mlýna St. - Jankovcova St. - Classic 7

The Classic 7 project is another great example of sensitive transformation of a historical building into a modern office complex. Dominating this extensive complex is a former steam mill from 1911 – the first automated flour mill in Prague, it was capable of grinding 200 tons of grain daily. During the reconstruction, architects successfully combined industrial architecture of the early 20th century with elements of modern architecture, creating an impressive, timeless space.

 

  • Jankovcova St. - V Přístavu St. - Holešovice Docks, Prague Marina

The Holešovice docks, an important technical monument as well as the only port in Prague which connects boat transport with rail and road, has definitely seen better days, but remains worthy of a visit. The original buildings at the dock are in Art Nouveau style, softening Holešovice’s industrial feel. The atmosphere is enhanced by the contrast between the poetically rusting boats and the modern Prague Marina luxury apartment complex.

 

  • Jankovcova St. - Ogilvy & Mather

Just as with Classic 7, the advertising agency’s home combines history with fresh design. Originally the Prague Bakery and Soda Water Company building, it became the home of the largest Czech advertising agency in 2003. In 2012, it got a fresh face resembling battleship camouflage. Because the building is located close to the docks, it took its creative inspiration from the local nautical history.

 

  • Přívozní St. - Ortenovo náměstí/Square (tram stop)

Tip: At the intersection of Jankovcova and Plynární streets, you’ll find the legendary Cross Club with a café.

Cross Club is a salute to Holešovice’s industrial character. Steampunk aesthetic, steel, and moving bolts, screws, and wheels form not only the essence of the outdoor space, but also that of the cellar interiors of the renowned music club.

 

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