Past and Present

The first mention of the area which is now Smíchov is in the Zbraslav Chronicle at the time of its occupation during the coronation of Wenceslas II in which it is documented as being the site where the coronation banquet took place. Jan Lucemburský bought his court here in 1341. In the second half of the 14th Century, the area belonged to several ecclesiastical institutions.  It was at this time that vineyards were planted, which were subsequently sold to the citizens after the Hussite revolution.

During the Thirty-Year War, Smíchov was completely ravaged and in the last quarter of the 17th century the Schwanzenbergs purchased the local manors. Many villas and vineyards were created including the Turba Villa in Košíře and Bertramka where W. A. Mozart worked during his stay in Prague.

During the course of the 19th Century, various small industries came into being, followed by factories, sugar refineries and many other industries. In the second half of the 19th Century, the Ringhoffers, the largest manufacturer of railway wagons of the time, located their manufacturing plant and even family residence here, which became the largest factory of its king in Austria Hungary.

The industrial character of Smíchov continued almost to the end of the 19th century, when more commercial enterprises began to take root in the district.

These days Smíchov is one of the most dynamically evolving centers in Prague.

In the last decade, several new large-scale construction projects have transformed Smichov into a vibrant commercial center featuring modern office buildings in which many international companies are now based. There are shopping centers, recreational areas, hotels, as well as several up-scale residential buildings throughout the district. Within this urban environment, there are also numerous parks, several of which are located near the river. The Vltava embankment and several nearby islands provide a host of opportunities for recreation and relaxation for both local residents and visitors.

The recent installation of a state-of-the-art anti-flood system in the Smichov District and throughout Prague ensures the RIVER TERRACE Hotel site from the possibility of flooding.

Due to the location along the banks of the Vltava River, great emphasis has been placed on the anti-flooding system throughout project development and is well documented. For more information on anti-flood protection for the RIVER TERRACE Hotel and the Smichov District contact the project managers.

past and presents

1 - Petřín, 2 - Prague Beach, 3 - River Terrace Hotel, 4 - National Theatre, 5 - Manes Gallery, 6 - Dancing House