Area of Výstaviště Praha / Exhibition Grounds is a 36-hectare complex with a long tradition and an attractive location near the city centre in the vicinity of Stromovka Park. Its advantages include its excellent public transport accessibility, parking opportunities and quiet location.
Výstaviště Praha a.s. is the joint-stock company and since 2015, we have been responsible for Výstaviště area. In July 2022, we also took over the administration of the Prague Market area in Holešovice.
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The origins of Výstaviště Praha date back to the year 1891 on the occasion of the General Land Centennial Exhibition. In the lower part of the complex, you will find the four Křižík pavilions (B, C, D, E), the Křižík Fountain and the unique Nová Spirála theatre with a circular stage, which is currently undergoing reconstruction. In the upper part of the exhibition grounds, you can find the Lapidarium of the National Museum, the Marold Panorama, the Small Sports Hall and the newly renovated Bohemia Pavilion, one of the last original buildings from 1891.
The dominant feature of Výstaviště is the Industrial Palace, which was also built in 1891 as a temporary exhibition pavilion. In 2008, the left wing of the palace burned down completely during a fire and in 2022 the city embarked on the costly reconstruction of the entire building.
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Výstaviště has been undergoing a fundamental transformation over the past few years into a modern social/cultural complex with a wide range of leisure activities. Our vision is to build the best place in Prague for Prague citizens to spend their free time. A place that will not only offer a variety of great events throughout the year, but where you will always find something interesting, no matter when you come.
Since 2019, thanks to extensive reconstruction, the whole “lower part” of Výstaviště has been restored. The remnants of various no longer existing buildings were hauled away, the roads leading nowhere were removed, the path network was repaired and received completely new surfaces, and the grassy areas were also revitalised. Fitness and workout fields, a rope playground for children, the largest parkour field in the Czech Republic, a skate plaza for lovers of roller blades and skateboards, a children's bike park and public electric grills, for example, were built in this park section.
The newly-used "Střídačka” (Bench) space in the Small Sports Hall offers a wide range of activities, workshops and day camps. The Křižík pavilions have already undergone reconstruction into modern multifunctional spaces, which will be used for organising exhibitions, concerts, conferences or private events. The former Spirála Theatre, which was condemned for demolition in the past, was also finally reconstructed and will offer a completely unique space with seats for spectators placed on spiral ramps, which surround the circular stage on several levels. Following the reconstruction, there will be a modern multifunctional hall to hold musical and theatre performances, conferences and other social events.
In November 2022, after extensive reconstruction, the final construction approval was obtained for the Bohemia Pavilion, one of the last original buildings on the site, which was already built as part of the General Land Centennial Exhibition in 1891 and was used for the presentation of the Pilsen brewery. Bohemia offers a main hall, a bar, two lounges, terraces, a large kitchen on the ground floor and a scullery on the first floor.
In February 2022, after many long years, the reconstruction of Výstaviště’s main building, namely the Industrial Palace, began. In addition to the completion of the construction of the left wing, the entire palace will undergo the complete reconstruction of its exteriors and interiors.
The design for the entire Křižík Fountain area is in the study phase, as is another huge space from the entrance to Výstaviště all the way to the Industrial Palace. In the future, the plan is to expand the current swimming pool to include smaller pools for swimming with children and a wellness zone with hot tubs and saunas.
This year, a number of minor improvements to the complex are envisaged, such as the completion of high-quality lighting of the spaces in the lower part of the complex together with the reduction of light “pollution”, the new outdoor furniture, i.e., benches, waste baskets, etc., refinement of the traffic mode within the complex so that the movement of visitors is as safe and as easy as possible, and a number of other larger or smaller improvements for the greater comfort for visitors. Such as new dignified area toilets or facilities for athletes with a relaxing zone, dressing rooms and showers.
Come and see for yourself how Výstaviště is literally changing in front of your eyes to become the best place in Prague in which to spend your free time. We look forward to your visit!
The complex was created through the allocation of part of the Royal Game Park (Královská obora) on the occasion of the Jubilee National Exhibition, organized in 1891 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first Industrial Exhibition held in 1791. While it was held (from 15 May to 18 October), approximately 2.5 million people visited the exhibition grounds. The Industrial Palace, opened on 15 March 1891 and built according to a design by the architects Bedřich Münzberger and Antonín Wiehl, became the symbol of Výstaviště.
Many other events took place at Výstaviště after the end of the first exhibition:
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In the years 1945–1949, following the Second World War, Výstaviště were under the administration of the Land National Committee. There were modifications to the front part of the complex, including modifications to the Křižík Fountain. The exhibition activity was gradually renewed, though by around 1950 the trade fairs were moved to Brno. Since 1953, the area bore the name Julius Fučík Park of Culture and Leisure, only to return to its current name in 1990. During this period, smaller-scale events were mainly held here.
The renewal of exhibition only took place in 1991, when the General Czechoslovak Exhibition was held here to celebrate the centenary of the first exhibition.
The modern history of Výstaviště was marked mainly by three large fires. In 1991, the Brussels Pavilion in the lower part of the complex burned down and fourteen years later the wooden Globe Theatre, a replica of the old Elizabethan Theatre in London, met the same fate. In 2008, the entire left wing of the Art Nouveau Industrial Palace burned down. In 2015, Prague City Hall took over the administration of Výstaviště and it is now managed by the joint-stock company Výstaviště Praha.