The centre of Prague could soon boast its own version of Covent Garden as an expensive reconstruction project on a marketplace located just off Wenceslas Square is set to begin later this year. Prague City Hall says the target is to create a cultural and commercial hub in the spirit of other western capitals.
The Czech capital is preparing a project to repair the dilapidated Fuchs
café on Štvanice Island between the Karlín and Holešovice districts.
Prague city councillors have earmarked some 20 million crowns to restore the 1930s’ era functionalist style café to its original state.
There are also plans to build a new footbridge to the island and install landscaped gardens.
Close to half of Czechs would like to see the law forcing shops to close on
selected holidays scrapped. According to a poll conducted for Czech Radio
by the Median agency 48 percent of respondents find the legislation
unnecessarily restrictive and would like to see it scrapped. 49 percent say
they are not inconvenienced by it.
In line with the law shops of over 200 square metres must close their doors over the Christmas holidays. They must close by midday on December 31st and remain closed on January 1st.
During the Christmas period and the New Year, the Czech capital attracts hundreds of thousands many of whom want to experience classic Prague over the holidays: mulled wine, romantic walks and more. The same is being appreciated this year, of course, but Prague City Tourism is also putting an emphasis on new hip districts with new eateries, cafes, galleries and other sites people also might want to visit.
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.
Some 66 new shopping parks are set to open around the Czech Republic within the next three years, taking up an area of around 300,000 square metres, according to a report by real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield. There are currently 195 retail parks in the country with a total area of over 790,000 square metres. Nearly five percent of them are unoccupied. The highest number of retail parks can be found in the region of Moravia-Silesia in the north-east of the country.
Čestlice is the name of a small village just outside the eastern city limits of Prague. But it is also the location of a giant out-of-town shopping and warehouse complex filled with large box-type supermarkets. Around me I see a Bauhaus, Kika, JYSK, an Elektro World, and a huge Makro store. There is also a large Aqua Centrum here – a swimming centre. It is just off the D1 motorway, which heads towards the city of Brno. But, surprisingly, this place is also home to a newly-opened farmers’ market.