In terms of its architecture Prague has long ranked as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, but fifteen years ago it was also a site of devastation: a city full of crumbling facades and long-neglected, run-down buildings. Today it is unrecognisable. Every year since 1989 the city has seen millions of crowns of private investment pour into the restoration of the fabric of the old city, under the cautious supervision of conservation officers. Now the work of Prague's conservation office, as well as some of its successes, and some of the
Wednesday saw the 10th annual Three Kings Procession in Prague, to mark the festival of Epiphany, re-enacting the journey of the Three Wise Men to visit the infant Jesus. The procession included musicians, live camels and a nativity scene complete with Mary, Josef and a live baby Jesus. The event, which has now become a Prague institution, was the brainchild of a Spanish priest and missionary. People gather every year to watch the colourful procession and bring gifts for charity. This year, toys were collected for children at a Prague
Generally, winter is not considered prime tourist season in Prague, but Christmas and New Year's Eve are an exception. Towards the end of each year, the Czech capital is bustling with foreign tourists. What attracts them to come at this time of a year? Where do they all come from? Martin Mikule has set off to Prague streets to find out.
The Czech capital is by far the wealthiest "region" in the 10 new European Union member states, according to data released by the Czech Statistical Office this week. The GDP per capita for Prague last year was 164 percent of the EU average, while for the Czech Republic as a whole it was 73 percent of the EU average. The Olomouc region bordering Poland is the poorest in the country with a GDP per capita equal to about 56 percent of the EU average for the year 2003.
Excreting in a gallery -how far should one go in protesting against an art exhibition. The TV star who was smuggled into the country. And, a message from the police: if you find your car's been stolen on Saturday morning -please look around your favourite pub first! Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Wenceslas Square -a place visited by millions of tourists every year - has been captured on thousands of postcards over the years, pictures which document its transformation. At the start of the twentieth century people could still ski down the square in winter. For the less athletic, there were horse drawn carriages and in the 50s you could hop on one of the open trams riding up and down the square so slowly it was possible to hang on to the bottom step and feel the wind in your face. It was the construction of the Prague metro in the late 70s
A former army barracks on Prague's Namesti Republiky square is going to be the site of another shopping and office complex in the centre of the city. But the project has been delayed by the discovery there of major archeological treasures - in fact it is the biggest archeological dig in the country's history.
A study into the costs of Prague hosting the Olympic Games in either 2016 or 2020 should be completed by the end of the year, the city's mayor, Pavel Bem, said on Monday. Mr Bem said while holding the Games in the Czech capital would cost over 100 billion crowns, they would still be cheaper than other recent Olympics.
Well - here I am again! It's been five years since my last trip to Prague, when I lived and worked here for almost a year. A lot has happened since then - in my life and in Prague's. But I'm happy to say that despite all the changes, some of the best things about this city are exactly the same. Sure, Wenceslas Square is more crowded than last time; the Old Town Square too is even more packed with tourists. And yes, there are definitely more restaurants, bars and shops, and of course the prices have gone up. But these things haven't managed to change
European Commission approves CR investment incentives; move will streamline aid applications; Czech Republic has highest percentage in EU of workers employed in industry; Cabinet sets aside 1.5 bn for housing loans to newlyweds, terms not yet agreed; Deputy Premier Martin Jahn says state Cesky Telecom stake could be 'floated'; C&W/HB survey names Prague as 13th best city in Europe to do business
Jana Ciglerová: Americans say their lives are fantastic, Czechs say everything is terrible – neither is true
Study: Demand for new flats in Prague set to keep outstripping supply
“There is good, better and then there is the USSR.” – New book depicts life in communist Czechoslovakia through memories of people who experienced it
CzechTourism head hints attracting tourists no longer agency’s main goal
‘The fat lady sings’: Prague’s State Opera marks restoration to former glory with gala concert