Located behind the main train station Zizkov until 1922 was a separated city. It was built in the way to squeeze as many people as possible in the very small space, hence the area is full of narrow, usually steep streets and high tenement houses. It has always been an alternative, edgy place and the residents – most of them were workers, wretches, drunks, madmen and artists – were very proud of the bad reputation Zizkov has. Up until now it is often called “Free Republic Zizkov”. Sadly, as it often is in this kind of places, the neighbourhood is going through gentrification and is slowly changing towards more wealthy area. But so far it still has its authentic, unique vibe that so many people look for in Prague and a place where some cool street art can be found!
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Zizkov makes a perfect getaway from crowds in the Old Town and a offers a great chance to see the real Prague. That’s where the life goes by in its own pace, where the atmosphere is much more authentic and where you can meet local people in one of the pubs (Zizkov is number one district in Europe when it comes to the quantity of pubs, there’re over 300 of them in such a small area!). Of course eating options are much better and more affordable here too! After stuffing yourself with delicious Czech food and even more awesome Czech beer you can wander around some more. Be sure to check the former train track, now a walking, biking and roller skating path at the bottom of Vitkov hill – not only it’s a pure pleasure to walk there but also you can take a look at the back of the tenement houses and have a small impression of the life in Zizkov!
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