For anyone looking to leave the mean streets of Prague behind for a suburban idyll, a handy new tool will help you determine the best place for you.
Říčany currently ranks as the city with the best quality of life in the Czech Republic, according to Deloitte, which uses data from users to evaluate various aspects of life in Czech cities. The project is called “Obce v date”.
Deloitte claims to analyze data from the 206 largest Czech cities and uses the following criteria to evaluate cities’ quality of life:
- Cost of living and purchasing power
- Affordability of housing
- Pollution including air, water, etc.
- Crime rates· Health system quality
- Traffic (commute times)
- Number of doctors employed
- Unemployment rate
- Average salary
On the second place ranks Prague, the third – Černošice. On the contrary, Orlová in the Moravian Silesian Region was judged to have the lowest quality of life, repeating its position last year. “Many people in these regions have to deal with financial problems. There is also a relatively high level of pollution,” said Jan Havránek from “Obce v date”.
Řičany is situated about 20 km to the south-east of Prague in undulated and wooded countryside. The first mention of Říčany (according to Hájek’s Chronicle) is from 748 when the battle of the Říčany dominion took place.
The ruins of the old Říčany castle, dating back to the period of the last Přemyslid dynasty, are an architectural sight that one should not miss. Later the castle was occupied by the Husites. In the town square, we find the Church of St. Peter and Paul. The chapel is decorated by frescoes from around the year 1400. Not far from here we find the Marian Column built in 1699.
The town experienced social and cultural decline after the 30 Years War but, on the other hand, experienced positive growth when the railway between Prague and Vienna was built in 1869. During this time many luxurious mansions were built and Říčany became an ideal and preferred place for relaxation. A good local environment, a good location and good bus and train services, support today’s dynamic growth and investment.