is quickly becoming just another Western city. The
communist past is fading. But there are still little
islands of neglect that recall the soothing grey
atmosphere of the past.
The Valdstejn gardens are being
renovated, and while not deserted, they look like
a maze from the "Myst" computer game.
Some buildings are empty and
full of weird nooks and crannies. Definitely
worth a visit. (Valdstejnská)
The rail line is still in use
but station Vysehrad is completely deserted. I
didn't have time to explore; I was looking for
the Botic drain. (Svobodova, Na Stupi)
An old factory in Smíchov. It
was totally deserted. A homeless person had made
his bed under the intricate woodwork.
In December 2003 it was gone. It
will be replaced by a block of luxurious
A tiny and deserted chapel.
The door was open. (Svédská)
Prague castle is full of
deserted military installations. Some are
...and some date from the
previous century. All look quite inaccessible.
Deserted buildings under the
castle. Strange, this should be a prime
But at the moment the grass is
growing on the roof. (Strahovská)
Karlín is an area of Prague
that was devastated by the floods of 2002. You
can see how high the water stood by the height of
the peeled plaster.
Most of the houses are being
renovated and the cellars and lower floors are
empty. Not much traffic, the area has a
"ghost town" feeling. (Pernerova)
I visited this place several times. It still
has that dreary and soothing communist era
atmosphere. I like it - I grew up in those days.
My wife hates the atmosphere - she says it makes
her feel depressed. (Pernerova, Masarykovo
You wouldn't guess ...
... but the place is still very much in use.
weird watchtowers on their roofs. (Pernerova)
under the hill. (Thámova)
This looks like the periphery,
but it deep inside the town. A collection of
weird workshops and old factories. The factories
are now used as warehouses and parking garages.
One beautiful old factory was
completely deserted. I was tempted to go inside
but the I noticed one lonely workman who was
collecting the rubble and wheeling it outside in
a wheelbarrow. A monumental task for one man!
Nice industrial archaeology and
beautifully decayed signs. It says: "Maximum
number of gas cylinders, oxygen: 30 carbon
dioxide: 20". (Na Spitálsku)
Then if you go right and up the
hill there's a wonderful walk over decayed
walkways and you end up in an urban park on the
hill with a wonderful atmosphere. During the
climb you hear the sounds of the city all around
some modern, but deserted railway buildings. They
were probably deserted because of the floods.
There must be a lot of
interesting places to explore in Prague. But it's
difficult to do a thorough survey in just a few
days. We need more time, or more Czech explorers.