Some fourteen years ago, the probably most well known Czech cartoonist died. His name was Jaroslav Foglar and he was famous for his comic books “Rychlé šípy”, about a group of honest and genuine boy-scouts. Their adventures took place in a city quarter which has never really existed. However, it is said that the so called “Stínadla” (“shadow-city”) were above all inspired by the narrow and dark lanes in the area between Národní třída and Národní divadlo.
Along with Újezd, this is also an area where most of my favourite bars, pubs and Cafés are. One can imagine that some hundred years ago, there were lots of passages through the backyards of the houses. Almost all of these (which used to be really popular all around Prague) have been closed since, though. Luckily, there is one really cool passage still open, at least for most of the time.
It is a true shortcut, if you want to get to the tram stop “Lazarská” from inside this area. However, I walk there just about any time I have the chance. It leads from the lane “Opatovická”, to “Spálená” street. You will be walking through a backyard where it feels as if time has stopped running seventy years ago. Of course, it is a bit filthy and smelly, but that helps build its character. If you have the chance, see for yourself! Just don’t get locked up inside (I almost did once)!
Vilímkův průchod | Relaxing
Opatovická – Spálená
Mon – Fri approx. 09:00 – 21:00