By Dana Shanberg
Vinohrady is a beautiful residential
area of Prague that carries a reputation of prestige
and elegance. It covers portions of Prague
2, 3, and 10. Most of its grand Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau,
Pseudo Baroque, and Neo-Gothic buildings come from
the second half of the 19th century and first half of the
century, and many have been and continue to be restored
in an amazing array
of color and architectural detail.
Vinohrady is approximately defined by the
Riegrovy sady park on the north, Havlíčkovy sady park on
the south, Legerova street on the west, and Jiřího z Poděbrad
square on the east, from there continuing east between
Vinohradská and Ruská streets all the way to
the Vinohrady Cemetery.
talk, Vinohrady stretches
Želivského stations of line A. The district's
main arteries are Vinohradská, Korunní, and Francouzská
served by trams. The two main squares are Náměstí Jiřího
z Poděbrad and Náměstí Míru.
The name Vinohrady means "vineyards".
The area was
covered with vineyards starting in the 14th century when
Czech king Charles IV had them planted there, right around
the time when he had the New Town built. The
vineyards lasted for some four hundred
years and were later replaced by rose gardens, orchards,
and residential buildings.
An independent community of Vinohrady was
established in 1849, encompassing the area of today's
Vinohrady and Žižkov. The area was divided into Královské
Vinohrady (Royal Vinohrady) and Žižkov in 1875. Královské
Vinohrady received the status of a city in 1879. A tram
line between Muzeum and Flora started running in 1897.
Královské Vinohrady was incorporated into Greater Prague
a district in 1922 and its name was shortened to
Vinohrady in 1968.
To get to the heart of Vinohrady,
A of the
at Jiřího z Poděbrad. Or,
to take a slower ride above ground, get on tram
Muzeum and take it up Vinohradská to Jiřího
On your walk around Vinohrady, you
can also take advantage of its several parks and
gardens. The largest ones are Riegrovy
and Havlíčkovy sady on the south. Visit the Prague
Parks and Gardens page to read about them.
A Walk Around Vršovice
If you have the
time, we suggest expanding your experience of elegant residential
Prague by venturing outside of Vinohrady to the neighboring
district of Vršovice. A good starting point is the Vršovické
náměstí square (take tram 4 or 22 from Náměstí Míru
and get off at Vršovické
náměstí). From there, walk down Moskevská,
turn left onto Slovinská and start working your
way westward toward Havlíčkovy sady, enjoying the charming
Heroldovy sady park and the beautiful architecture of the
by now mostly restored.