Podskali Custom House showcases the history of the now-extinct Podskali fishing and woodcutters settlement in Prague. This 16th-century structure is a final remnant of the settlement, which arose in the 12th century and was the site of the largest and richest wood market in the city, until Prague’s expansion led to its demolition in the 19th century.
The custom house now holds a small museum on the second floor with photographs and models illustrating the history of the Podskali people and their methods of transportation along the river. Built in a Gothic style, the house features a plastered ground floor and a second floor that resembles a log cabin. You can visit for free with the Prague Welcome Card, which includes admission to other museums and monuments.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Podskali Custom House is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.
- Without the Welcome Card, there is an admission fee.
- There is a traditional Czech restaurant on the first floor.
- The building is not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The nearest tram station, Vyton, is a minute’s walk from the building and is served by tram nos. 3, 7, 17, and 52. The nearest metro station is Karlovo Namesti, a 15-minute walk away. From Prague’s Old Town, it’s a 30-minute walk south to the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open year-round, Tuesday through Thursday, 10am to 6pm.
Remnants of the Settlement
Next to the custom house you’ll find the only other remnant of the Podskali settlement, the baroque parish church of St. Cosmos and Damian. The church dates from the 17th century, when it replaced the original Roman-style church. Outside, on the east wall, a memorial plaque notes the building’s history.