A Baroque structure in Prague’s Stromovka Park that used to house a
restaurant before falling into disrepair in the 1960s is set to reopen next
year. Šlechtova restaurace, originally built in the 17th century as a
summer residence, will be operated by the Prague brewery Vinohradský
pivovar, which has also been tasked with turning it into an arts centre.
The renovation of the building is currently being completed by restorers. Prague 7 officials say the outdoor part of the facility at least will open in 2020.
Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St Vitus, Charles Bridge and the astronomical clock on Old Town Square are some of the architectural jewels that attract millions of visitors to Prague every year. What is special about the city is its historic authenticity documenting the city’s urban development of over a thousand years. The integral complex of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, its romantic cobbled alleys and gas lamps give visitors the impression that they have travelled back in time.
The 10th annual Literature Night is being marked in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The event, which is organised by the Czech Centres network, will see readings from European literature by well-known film and stage actors at 21 places in Prague’s Karlín district and at 49 other locations around the country, starting at 18:00. A host of other European cities, including London, Madrid and Budapest, are also taking part.
Arches in Prague’s Negrelli Viaduct in the city’s Karlín district are to be converted into bars, galleries and even a cinema during the summer months, according to plans outlined by organisers the Centre for Central European Architecture. The iDnes.cz news site reported that arches that currently serve as car parks at the corner of Křižíkova and Sokolovská streets are to be refitted between June and October. The Negrelli Viaduct is the oldest rail bridge across the Vltava and was the longest viaduct in Europe until 1910.
Three pedestrians were seriously injured after being hit by trams in three different parts of Prague on Friday evening and night. A 32-year-old man was hit by the Biskupcova tram stop in Žižkov, a man of 27 was hit near the Invalidovna stop in Karlín and a 46-year old woman was hit at the Slavia stop in Vršovice, the spokesperson for the city’s rescue services, Jiřina Ernestová, told the Czech News Agency. She said people needed to be aware that trams had right of way over pedestrians.
Tour company Eat With Locals allows visitors to Prague to do just that, taking them to restaurants and cafés they might never find on their own and giving them the lowdown on various aspects of Czech food culture and more. The firm was started last year by Lenka Pavlíčková, who has both a background in business and a deep passion for food and travel. When we spoke at a café on Wenceslas Square, I asked Pavlíčková what kind of people were signing up for the Eat With Locals tours.
The renovation of a famous historic building in Prague's Stromovka Park - Šlechta's Restaurant, a summer chateau dating back to the late 17th century - will begin in a year's time and will cost roughly 150 million crowns, city councillor Jan Wolf has told the Czech News Agency. The site, after decades of decay, should reopen in a special ceremony in 2017. The original project was to have cost up to quarter of a billion crowns but costs were reduced by removing some planned items, including extra elevators, stairways and washrooms.
The British duo Pet Shop Boys performed to a crowd of 2,000 at Prague’s multi-purpose Forum Karlin on Wednesday as part of their Electric World Tour as well as this year’s Prague Pride Festival – celebrating LGBT culture. The duo performed well-known hits dating back to the 1980s and 1990s as well as material of off their latest album, titled Electric. The opening band was Cartonnage. The Pet Shop Boys have performed in the Czech capital on numerous occasions; they first played Prague in 1991.