Saturday, 21 November 2009

Vršovice Railway Station

This pretty little station of neo-classical design, recently refurbished at a cost of £1.8 million, is located close to the Bohemians' football ground. The track joins the Prague main line and travels southwards to České Budějovice (two-and-a-half hours), Linz (five hours) and Salzburg (six-and-a-half). For this last journey the current price is £17 each way if booked three days in advance from the Czech Railways e-shop.

The first station was built in 1880, though the present one dates from the turn of the century. Railway buffs will be interested to note that the marshalling yards, constructed in 1919, were at that time unique in Europe in making use of a natural incline to reduce the need for locomotive shunting.

The railway line here marks the southern boundary of Vršovice and of Prague 10: everything south of the tracks is in Nusle (Prague 4), itself a fascinating area but one which will have to wait for another blogger.

Visitors to Prague may also like to know that normal metro/tram tickets also work on local railway trains, as long as the journey is entirely within the integrated transport region (£3.50 for a 24-hour pass, available from metro stations, and from shops near tram stops).

To see pictures of the station prior to renovation, click here


Leif Hagen said...

A very clean and nicely renovated station! How long by train to Prague?

Alex said...

Thanks for your comment Leif. The answer to your question may surprise you: 4 minutes! In fact you can walk from the west of Vršovice to Wenceslas Square in 15-20 minutes.

Jilly said...

I do like this snippet of life at a most attractive railway station. Goodness, only 4 minutes to Prague!

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