Bad news for fans of Náplavka, the ever-popular spring and summertime riverbank destination in Prague that starts to get busy as soon as the weather turns in the Czech capital.
During summer nights over the past five years, Náplavka has quickly become one of the hottest destinations for Prague locals and visitors looking to cool off with a beer by the Vltava river.
This year, however, things are going to be different.
According to a Facebook post by Náplavka riverbank bar Bajkazyl, the city has let them know this morning – just as warmer weather begins to hit Prague after a long winter – that they and other establishments on the embankment will not be allowed to operate this summer due to a planned revitalization of the area.
While the renovations have long been planned, it was previously assumed that they would occur during the winter as to not interrupt the normal summertime activity on Náplavka.
As mentioned in the Bajkazyl Facebook post, the work could have easily been carried out during the colder months of the year, when Náplavka is virtually empty.
But instead, work will commence at the location starting on April 20 and continue through September. The city has yet to release an official statement regarding the Náplavka renovations and closure of the embankment operators.
The Bajkazyl post specifically mentions closure of the establishments in the walls of the embankment, of which there are relatively few. The many boat bars and restaurants docked at the area will presumably continue to operate as normal.
The weekly farmers’ market and other events at Náplavka are also presumed to be spared from closure due to the restoration work.
The revitalization of the Náplavka riverbank will largely be concentrated on the areas set inside the large walls of the embankment.
Renovation work on 12 areas set inside the embankment will allow for bars, cafes, exhibitions spaces, and some much-needed public toilets to be installed at the location. Lighting, benches, waste bins, and safety measures will also be added to the area. The total cost of the work is 220 million crowns.
While the affected businesses may be few in number, Bajkazyl has easily been the most popular destination among Náplavka visitors during recent summers, with lengthy queues wrapping around the embankment.
That won’t be the case this year, however.
Playing the matter down, Prague mayor Adriana Krnáčová has accused the Bajkazyl operators of trying to “induce panic” in an iRozhlas.cz report.