Upper Žižkov expects great changes in the coming years. While a new business district will be created in the area of the freight railway station following the Olšanská street in the coming years, the neighbouring Na Vackově locality will remain a quiet place for living and housing.
Despite the planned development of the entire district, which should become the main residential area of the newly formed city centre, Vackov retains its chamber dimension and scale, which refers to the character of the surrounding area. The new housing development will enter the quiet streets of the family houses in a sensitive way to become a part of it almost immediately. The northern terrace of the Židovské pece park and the eastern site of old Vackov guarantee that the characteristic atmosphere of the place will be preserved for decades. The changes expected at the southern boundary of the locality will then help to connect the whole area with adjacent districts.
The west side of the whole locality opens to the future city centre, which will be built on the area of the former Žižkov freight railway station and will offer all the expected amenities. If the plans for the development of Prague metro are fulfilled, Vackov will get its direct connection to the centre of Prague via the Line D. One of its stations is designed to be in the centre of Basel’s Square, which is within walking distance.
It is the combination of tranquillity and living city that completes the genius loci of the whole of Vackov today. Just like the neighbourhood of legendary places and sights that are well known in Prague. The upper Žižkov area offers plenty of opportunities for everyday social life not only in the form of quiet restaurants and pubs. An important cultural centre is also the Aero Cinema, which is just a few minutes’ walk away. The eastern part of Vinohrady already offers countless shopping and meeting opportunities. For example Vítkov, Na Krejcárku or Parukářka are perfect places for both relaxation and active rest and are all within walking distance of the Vackov locality.
The picturesque park Židovské pece was named after the former homestead that was here. The area of today’s park was the most eastern part of the vineyard, which was founded by the Emperor Charles IV. Today there is a place for pleasant walks, in-line skating or cycling, and a number of perfect playgrounds.
Žižkov Television Tower
The Žižkov Television Tower belongs to one of Prague’s most significant dominants right after the Prague Castle and the Petřín Lookout Tower. It stands at 216 m and it is the highest building in Prague. It was built between 1985 and 1992 according to the design of architect Václav Aulický. On the publicly accessible platform there is a restaurant and a lookout platform – you can see a number of places in the Central Bohemian region and in good weather, even the border mountains of the Czech Republic.
Bicycle path on the Kralupy track
The former Kralupy track, which intersected the Vítkov hill through the tunnel, was replaced by a bicycle path after the start of operation on the lines of the New Connection (Nové spojení). All sports enthusiasts can try a three-kilometre stretch from Krejcárek through a former railway tunnel and a notch on the border of Žižkov and Vítkov Park all the way to Velká Hrabovka. The bicycle path ends near the Main Railway Station at the bridge over Seifertova street.
One of the most charismatic cinema houses in Prague with a long history and unique atmosphere. Before the film you can refresh yourself in the garden or at the local bar, the silver screen will eventually attract all lovers of quality cinematography. The legendary screening is Aero Naslepo with a free admission, where viewers do not know which movie they are about to see. Vainly would you look for a more cosmopolitan place in Žižkov.
The quiet and pious environment of the Olšany Cemetery completes the quiet face of the whole locality. Its area of over 50 hectares makes it one of the largest Prague cemeteries. Writer Karel Jaromír Erben, painter František Ženíšek, founder of Sokol Miroslav Tyrš, student Jan Palach, revivalist Josef Jungmann, actors Jan Werich, Jiří Voskovec, Vladimír Menšík or Ladislav Smoljak are all buried there.
Žižkov Freight Railway Station
The cultural monument Žižkov Freight Railway Station was established as one of the most modern world city freight points on the territory of the former Červený dvůr at the southern edge of Na Vackově. The cost of building the whole complex, which was put into operation during the 1930s, reached the astronomical amount of 100 million crowns at that time. Today, the revitalization of the whole area of the railway station in accordance with its historical value is being considered.
The na Balkáně park is a perfect location for running or cycling. Its shady slopes rising above the well, however, offer great opportunities for walks and picnics. Those interested in unusual sports can use the discogolf playground, and those who enjoy the more traditional sports can use the outdoor pool.