Klánovice is not just any Prague districts. In 1878 Václav Klán Šestajovic acquired forest land which he resold as building plots for villas. At the time of the first Republic rich Pragu dwellers concentrated here, the cream of society who lived here in luxury villas all constructed in modern style. For a long time here also operated the Klánovice baths as a highly modern recreation complex with its spa colonnade, swimming pool, a hotel and a restaurant.
In addition to the spa there was also a golf course. The Golf Club Prague became the investor of forest links, established here during the Second World War. But after 1950 Klánovice´s golden era came to a halt and the complex fell into disuse. The Golf Club Prague was wound up, the golf course was forested.
Revival of the old glory
However at the present moment Klánovice again represent a district for the most discerning. Firstly, the luxury here is the cleanest air in Prague, which is priceless!
What makes Klánovice exceptional and a luxurious Prague district, is the wonderful Klánovice forest, also known as Vidrholec. It got its current form after the Thirty Years War, when it was built on the site of the villages burned by Swedish armies. Currently it is the largest forested area in Prague and you can find here the protected nature reserve of Klánovice - Čihadla. Still there are the noble villas, the neighbourhood certainly did not lose any of its atmosphere of the past golden times.
Heritage of illustrator Hedviga Vilgusová
Klánovice is a place where several well-known Czech personalities were born. One of them is for example successful Czech combined track and field events winner, Eliška Klučinová and the local patriots also include Hedviga Vilgusová, who was a painter, politician and illustrator of books for children. A small local square is named after her. In 2007 she succumbed to a disease and since 2012, every year in late May and beginning of June, a luxury sculpting symposium is held here at which artists create statues inspired by her illustrations.