Prague 5

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Coordinates: 50°4′19″N 14°24′14″E / 50.07194°N 14.40389°E / 50.07194; 14.40389
Prague 5 (Praha 5)
Municipal District of Prague
Administrative District of Prague
Praha 5, town hall1.jpg
Town hall of Prague 5
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Coat of arms
Official name: Městská část Praha 5
Country Czech Republic
Region Prague, the capital city
Coordinates 50°4′19″N 14°24′14″E / 50.07194°N 14.40389°E / 50.07194; 14.40389
Area 27.50 km2 (11 sq mi)
Population 85,182 (2008)
Density 3,098 / km2 (8,024 / sq mi)
Mayor Radek Klíma
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 150 00
Location of Prague 5 in Prague
Website: http://www.praha5.cz

Prague 5, formally the Prague Municipal District (Městská čast Praha 5), is a second-tier municipality in Prague. The administrative district (správní obvod) of the same name consists of municipal districts Prague 5 and Slivenec.

Prague 5 is one of the largest districts of Prague located at the west side of the Vltava river. It comprises Smíchov, Radlice, Košíře, Barrandov, Zlíchov, Zličín, Jinonice, Hlubočepy, Motol, Slivenec, Butovice, Chuchle, and Klukovice, as well as a very small part of Malá Strana.

The district was the first one in Prague that offered free wireless internet connection to its citizens. Prague 5 is growing more important since the reconstruction of Anděl on Smíchov. Now, Anděl is the heart of Prague 5, with thousands of offices and one big shopping mall. Also, the underground garages in Anděl are the biggest in Prague. Prague 5 is very easily accessible by public transport: Metro line B, dozens of tram lines and buses.

Barrandov[edit]

Barrandov originated as a film producing borough. The film studios, which are active even today, were soon surrounded by many beautiful villas of the First Republic and consequently a small garden town developed. This part of Barrandov is till today considered to be a “good address" in Prague. Most important landmarks besides the Barrandov Film Studios are the Barrandov Terraces (Barrandovské Terasy), a former functional luxury restaurant with a splendid view on Vltava river.

New Barrandov is noted for its unique tram stations. The Hlubočepy-Sídliště Barrandov route (tram no.20, 12 or 14) was opened in 2003 and is without a doubt the most interesting in Prague. Architect, Patrik Kotas, designed the ultra-modern stations that create a unique feature from the boring, grey walls.

Smíchov[edit]

Textile factories, breweries, railway carriages – the industrial history of Prague was written in Smíchov. Today, the industrial era is recalled only by the sizeable area of the Staropramen Brewery. Smíchov has undergone a remarkable change during the past few years. This workers’ district has been transformed into a district of ultra-modern offices, shopping centres and multiplex cinemas. The central point is the crossroads called Anděl and the Metro station of the same name. How did this place get its name? There once used to be a classicistic building with a brewery, adorned by a painted fresco of an angel which, however, had to make way for the construction of the Prague Metro in 1980. Also in the neighbourhoods: The Anděl Media Centre, which is the site of the editorial offices of Mladá Fronta Dnes, Lidové Noviny, and Rádio Expres.

Malá Strana[edit]

Prague 5 covers also 4% of Malá Strana and it is only the few blocks of buildings which were part of the former village Ujezd, today surrounded by Vítězná Street, Janáčkov Embankment, Petřínská, Mělnická, Plaská Streets, as well as a part of the Vltava near the bridge Most Legí.

Further quarters with special landmarks[edit]

  • Radlice and Kosire - quiet centrally located residential areas with ancient mansions and family homes
  • Chuchle - noted for its horseracing events on the Prague racecourse Velká Chuchle
  • Zličin - big industrial area located at the motorways with many shopping centres

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Prague 5 district is twinned with:


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Újbuda története" [Újbuda - New in History, Twin Towns]. Rafia.hu (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 

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