It's not too late to attend a 16 th century ball! If you are on a diet give your snack to an elephant - the Prague Zoo has a new sponsorship programme. And, the Prague 5 district shocks its inhabitants with a controversial new billboard showing a dog poohing alongside its master - what's it all about? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The development of stone castles was significant in the thirteenth century Bohemia - in what is today the Czech Republic. The Castle of Cesky Sternberk is a classic example: it is a long string of early gothic buildings and is wonderfully situated in the scenic countryside of Central Bohemia, southeast of Prague. It is also extremely unusual in that through the centuries it has been under the almost continuous ownership of the Sternberk family. The castle embodies eight centuries of Czech history and for me what brought to life early historical
For today's Spotlight we've come to the town of Lounovice pod Blanikem, pod Blanikem meaning "under Blanik", a mountain associated with some of the most colourful and famous of Czech legends. They say the story of the Knights of Blanik was first told to Charles IV by a blind young man, who was travelling through his kingdom.
With the arrival of spring in the Czech Republic the tourist season is beginning to slowly re-awaken and with it a favourite Czech pastime - visiting the country's many castles and chateaux with family and friends. In that spirit today we visit the royal castle of Krivoklat - a most remarkable site with a history that stretches back to the 12th century. Found on a promontory of rolling hills overlooking deep woodlands, Krivoklat was a favourite of King Wenceslas IV. He used it primarily for leisure and sport, preferring it to his father's more
In this edition we shall not be looking at the life of a single historic figure but an historic site - south western Bohemia's Rabi Castle - the country's most majestic surviving ruins, with a past that reaches all the way back to the 12th century. Anyone who has ever travelled by car or bus to the town of Susice near the Czech Republic's Sumava region will most likely remember the sight of Rabi, the castle's broken white masonry sharp against a blue sky or pelted by rain on an overcast day. A rich past, a history of survival and dilapidation,
For many tourists, visiting a castle or chateau is an essential part of a trip to the Czech Republic. But some visitors may be disappointed this year, as castle wardens around the country are warning that they might have to close their doors earlier than usual. The reason: a lack of money. On Tuesday castle wardens from around the country handed in a petition to the Senate, drawing attention to their plight. I discussed the issue with Jana Sedlackova, a conservationist at the popular Konopiště castle near Prague.