First electric tram introduced in Prague 130 years ago

Křižík's electric tram

July 18, 1891 was one of the most important days not only in the history of Prague’s public transport, but also in the history of railway transport and Czech technical engineering in general.

Křižík's electric tram | Photo: Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy

Křižík's electric tram set off at 9:20 a.m. on the 800 metres long line from Letná park to Stromovka, where the Provincial Jubilee Exhibition was held at the time. The launch of the tram service was a celebration of the Industrial Revolution in Bohemia and a sensational achievement of the most famous Czech inventor František Křižík. Soon after that, he won the first contracts for the construction of tramways. He was to build electric transport in Prague's Libeň, but also in Pilsen, Dubrovnik and also partly in Vienna.

On the occasion of the anniversary, Prague's Public Transport Company has prepared a parade of historic and contemporary trams.

Parade of historic trams  (2015) | Photo: Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy