A Walk Through Post-Industrial Holešovice
Welcome to Holešovice!
Welcome! My name is Christoph, and I would like to take you on a tour through Holešovice. This neighbourhood is well off the beaten track, despite how close it is to Prague's centre. It emerged as an industrial zone towards the end of the 19th century, and this still gives it a particular style.
But let me first tell you what makes this place special. If you looked at the map, you may have noticed that Holešovice is surrounded on three sides by the river. No other quarter of Prague can claim that. Water has always determined the character of Holešovice - in both a positive and a negative way.
You can see one of the main consequences of being so close to the water on the fence next to the road. If you look behind the metal railing, there are steel plates held in place by small brackets. They're on the sides of the short columns. You would hardly notice them unless you're looking. In a matter of hours, the entire neighbourhood can be sealed off from the river by installing aluminium panels on these walls. These steel panels are installed on walls all around Holešovice, and serve as a reminder of the huge impact that water has had on the area.
The flood protection system is one of the consequences of the devastating floods of 2002. Holešovice was among the three neighborhoods of Prague that were most affected. After the water subsided, new investors, developers, and residents discovered this area. During our walk, I will point out many places where you can see the neighbourhood's industrial heritage alongside new offices and residential buildings.
So let's get going. If you're on the side of the road closest to the river, cross over to the other side. Then turn so that the river is on your right and start walking down the road.
VoiceMap uses GPS to pinpoint your location and trigger the relevant audio. This means you can put your phone away now and relax. I will tell you where to go. For now, just keep walking. I'll catch up with you in a minute.