Karolína Světlá is one of the greatest female writers of the 19th century, yet in recent years, her works have somewhat fallen out of fashion. A group of people from the Footprints in nature non-profit organisation are trying to change that. Last year, they established an educational trail dedicated to the great writer and this weekend, they are holding the first-ever Karolína Světlá festival.
Czechs are booking their holidays in increased numbers this year in spite of the low level of the crown making some vacations more expensive, according to the Association for Travel Agencies and Tour Operators. Increased booking have also resulted from an ebbing interest in last minute offers, the association added. Many destinations outside Europe are more expensive due to the strength of the dollar against the crown. Some though have seen price cuts with Dubai around a third cheaper than last year and Tunisia around a quarter less expensive.
Long-term disputes about the future of the Šumava National Park may have finally come to an end. The government on Thursday approved an amendment to the law on nature and landscape protection that should make the Czech Republic’s four main national parks more accessible to tourists. I spoke to the deputy head of Šumava National Park, Martin Starý, and first asked him about the main changes proposed in the new legislation:
With the start of the tourist season in April hundreds of castles and chateaus around the Czech Republic open their doors to visitors. In addition to their historical value these sites have become cultural hubs, providing a wonderful backdrop for the concerts, theatre performances, craft fairs and historical fencing shows that are regularly organized to attract visitors.
Some 25.7 million foreign tourists visited the Czech Republic last year, according to figures released by the Czech Statistical Office and the Ministry of Regional Development on Thursday. Nearly ten percent of them merely transited the country and 51.6 percent of them stayed for one day only. Among those who stay for a longer period of time are mainly Germans, Russians and Slovaks. They usually spend on average six days in the country. Most of the one-day visitors to the Czech Republic also come from Germany and Slovakia, followed by tourists from Austria.
More than half a million more people visited the castles, stately homes, and other sites administered by the National Heritage Institute in 2014 compared with a year earlier, the organization announced on Monday. Visitor numbers in 2014 totaled around 4.8 million, up 575,000 compared with the previous 12 months. The figures for 2014 also appear to be the best for the previous five years, although the institute has altered its counting methodology. The most visited site was the Lednice complex in South Moravia, followed by Česky Krumlov and Hlubokė nad Vltavou.
Thousands of young Christians from more than 60 countries are arriving in the Czech capital to take part in a European meet-up organized by the Taizé ecumenical community. It is the second time in 24 years the event is being held in Prague; organisers expect up to 30,000 visitors. A first communal prayer is to be held on Monday night. Upcoming programmes include workshops focusing on spirituality, understanding across religions, the legacy of religious reformer Jan Hus, the Battle of the White Mountain, as well as the issues of solidarity, minorities and palliative care.