Vinohrady, vineyards and streets
The name Vinohrady comes from the vineyards that were grown here in the Middle Ages. The vineyards disappeared over time and in their place arose villas and country manors, surrounded by orchards, but the name has remained to this day. Vinohrady is a typical residential neighborhood and the so-called “good address”. The center consists of Peace Square, Vinohrady Boulevard with the Square of Jiří of Poděbrad and Riegrovy Gardens. The streets are often named after major Czech figures and cities; from the 1920s the street names in Vinohrady came from the countries and capitals of the Allies – here you will find the streets England, America, Italy, Uruguay, Yugoslavia, Brussels, Belgrade, London and more.
Points of interest in Vinohrady
Deserving special attention is the Church of the Sacred Heart by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik; it was built at a time when the neo-Gothic Church of St. Ludmila on Peace Square could no longer keep up with fast-growing Vinohrady. In Mahler Gardens on the border of Vinohrady and Žižkov is the 216-meter high TV tower, the tallest structure in Prague. You will have the entire city before you from the viewing gallery, and in addition you can dine and stay in the six-star suite at the OneRoom Hotel. If you like the books of Karel Čapek’s and the pictures of his brother Josef Čapek, then don’t miss out on a visit to Čapek Brothers Street in the Vinohrady residential neighborhood. It was here that Josef and Karel had a duplex villa built, surrounded by a large garden.