With above average temperatures forecasted for Prague and the Czech Republic well into August – a high of 35°C is expected on Wednesday – where’s a Praguer to beat the heat?
You can cool off in one of Prague’s many indoor or outdoor swimming pools or natural biotops, take a chapter from the Czech playbook on cooling down (no air-conditioning required) or head to Holešovice where Prague 7 officials are cleaning and restoring historic water pumps to help citizens refresh.
Two old-school hand-operated water pumps commenced operation last year and can be found on Tusarova street and Ortenově náměstí. Another pump, restored just in time for the heat wave, is located at the corner of Veletržní and Dukelských hrdinů.
“We want Prague 7 to be a place where [you can] live well in any weather. That is why we are increasing the number of water elements. This year we are focusing on old hand pumps, many of which were untapped and decaying,” says Prague 7 mayor Jan Čižinský.
The mayor adds that the pumps are virtually maintenance-free and do not freeze in the winter.
If the retro water-source, an icon of Czech village life, becomes popular with the public, Prague 7 officials say they’ll restore additional pumps in the future.
Prague’s elegant hand-operated water pumps were once commonly found in market squares, ancient streets, and other historical sites and have often stood in place of traditional wells. They have been dying out and falling into disrepair over the years.
This handy map collects a list of all of them throughout the Czech capital; it includes an Art Nouveau pump, allegedly one of a kind, which is supposedly still functional in Prague.
Prague 7 also saw success with its Pitko P and Mlžítka M sprinklers, which can be found around the neighborhood (see here for locations). EP Studio, the designers behind these public fountains meant for washing hands, fruit, filling a water bottle or simply splashing around, are currently testing a new Mlžítka M in Karlín on Šaldova street.