Another week, another summer hangout in Prague bites the dust.
Now, another popular summer hotspot in Prague is no more.
Nákladové nádraží Žižkov (Žižkov Freight Station), situated on the abandoned grounds of an immense freight yard, had become a favorite destination for Prague 3 residents and visitors over the past few years.
With frequent concerts, art exhibitions, outdoor summer cinema screenings catered by the Czech National Film Archive, and other events, the venue had built up a large fanbase in a short time.
Now, however, it is no longer.
Nákladové nádraží Žižkov organizers announced via Facebook that they had handed the keys to the premises back to its owners, and will not be operating this year. Or ever again.
“NÁDRAŽÍ IS OVER!” organizers write.
“It breaks our hearts, but we will not open the 1435 mm cultural center this year or in the future.”
“Thank you so much for the past couple of years, all the beer, watching movies, listening to songs, and the rest.”
Organizers did not reveal the reason for closing this year, but it is likely due to a planned overhaul of the area as part of a new project by Prague real estate agency Central Group.
The Parkovou čtvrť (Park Quarter) project, designed by Jakub Cigler Architects, will transform the area – which is three times the size of Prague’s Wenceslas Square – into a residential neighborhood with more than 2,000 dwellings. Construction is expected to commence in 2020.