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Have you ever found yourself mulling over the thought of going somewhere, but not quite knowing where. Or, perhaps, your friends or relatives are visiting and you’ve run out of ideas on what to occupy them with after hitting the major touristic attractions… There is just a place for such cases. Whether you are an art connoisseur or a deep fan of aquatic life, you will not regret taking time to get to Prague 7, Holešovice. In fact, it takes no more than 20 min to get there from such popular spots as Malostranské náměstí and Náměstí Republiky.
Approaching Výstaviště Holešovice not from the city center side, you might notice that this part of the city might seem not so friendly with its factory looking greyish buildings a visible distance from the railroad tracks. Nevertheless, amongst this industrial abandonment there is a gem of a kind, that is hard not to notice even at night. Already from the windows of the tram, a magnificent Art Nouveau glass structure will catch your eye and even leave your breathless. With its massive stained glass windows and a clock tower on top, this place looks like a royal botanic garden or some sort of enchanted railway station straight out of Victorian Era Britain. To bring your expectations back to earth, it is an exhibition complex known as The Industrial Palace (Czech: Průmyslový palác). Built in 1981, it has been used as a place for various cultural events and expos ever since. The calendar of events is always being updated. The upcoming month, for instance, prepared an annual literary festival as well as an ongoing space and astronautics exhibition under the title Gate to the Universe, (Czech: Brána do vesmíru) featuring soviet and american items. While expos come and go, some things stay permanently.
The grounds of Výstaviště Holešovice also host a rather unique type of entertainment in Europe, known as The Singing Fountains. In Prague, Křižík's light fountain has been operating for over 30 years and up until today, you may pick the type of music you prefer, be it rock ballads by Queen, pop hits by Michael Jackson or classical compositions by such renowned composers as Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Vivaldi while enjoying an hour of pure water magic. The pool of the fountain can contain about 1650 cubic meters of water, while 3.000 nozzles, 49 water pumps and numerous lights “perform” the show. The spectacle is well worth the cost, but you should be prepared to deal with rather uncomfortable benches and a possible cold breeze from the water. Aside from fountains, the glass pyramid structure that you will probably notice on your way often hosts exhibitions and musical and theatrical live performances. Right at the entrance to Výstaviště Holešovice, the former Pavilion of the City of Prague now accommodates a section of The National Museum, presenting various sculptures and unique stone samples. Close by, you may enjoy a piece of marine life in this landlocked country at Prague Sea World (Mořský svět), the biggest exposition of such a kind in the CZ.
All in all, the premises of Výstaviště Holešovice is a great place to take an afternoon Sunday stroll or set up an authentic photo shoot. Art lovers, while walking around, try to find an impressive Marold’s Panorama, depicting the important Czech historical battle, the Battle of Lipany. If you spend enough time exploring the vast grounds of Výstaviště Holešovice, you’re bound to find a small luna park at the back, which has a few rides and a ferris wheel, which operates from March through October annually. Seasonally, there are temporary additions of attractions to the main park that are often noticeable even from the tram stop. For an unusual experience try going there during the off-season, as the place is filled with post-apocalyptic abandonment vibes and is quite frankly creepy.
These are not the only possible ways to spend some quality time in this part of Prague. Back to the start, if you face Výstaviště Holešovice, to the right of the exhibition grounds, there is Tipsport arena and behind it, Icheba Arena. They often host various music concerts, fashion shows, and other cultural events, while the former also serves as an ice rink for matches of famous Czech hockey clubs. Finally, to the left of Vystaviste lie the vast meadows of the royal park Stromovka. It is designed in the best traditions of English parks and is a great place to have a picnic, walk your four legged friend or take a nice long bike ride. If you still have not been to this part of Prague, put Vystaviste Holesovice on your calendar and it just might become your favorite place to go to, in contrast to the crowded touristic side of Prague.
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Author: Valery Bulavskaya

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Date of Listing: 28 April 2015, 16:01:44

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