Tucked away on Řetězová street in Prague’s Old Town, Café Montmartre is one of the city’s oldest coffeehouses. While it looks rather unassuming from the outside, the former cabaret has a fascinating history. Famous writers such as Franz Kafka and Egon Erwin Kisch are said to have spent many a wild night here, and Café Montmartre continues to draw artists, writers and actors. We spoke to its manager, Iva Nesvadbová, about the café’s history, its guests and its upcoming anniversary.
The lower part of Prague’s Wenceslas Square became a pedestrian zone with restricted car traffic on Monday. The car-free zone starts in the middle of the square where Jindřišská street leads into it; car traffic is also restricted on the street itself. Local authorities said the measure was aimed at lessening traffic in the area ahead of the planned renovation of the square.
Forget the Blue Danube, it’s the greeny-brown Vltava which is the watery muse of artists and musicians in this part of the world. The Vltava is the Czech Republic’s longest river, stretching more than 400 km. It is also the main waterway through the Czech capital Prague, and has been most famous in recent years for bursting its banks in 2002. The floods caused billions of crowns’ worth of damage to the capital alone, and put the city’s metro out of action for several months.
After three months of waiting and some sideline debates, the government has agreed to rename Prague’s international airport after the late president Václav Havel. While the Havel family and the tens of thousands who asked for the change are pleased there has finally been some progress, a new problem has arisen with the English translation of the airport’s name. Christian Falvey has this report.
The rumbling railroad track that used to pass through Žižkov in Prague was completely natural to the gritty-but-chic image of the 19th century proletariat quarter. The main western entrance to Žižkov was arched by three foreboding railway bridges, and the noisy, spray-painted cars passed alongside Vítkov hill to the cargo station. Four years ago the trains were still rattling the plaster off that lower end of the neighbourhood, just as they had been since the late Industrial Revolution, and then the route was cancelled for a higher-capacity
Leoš Válka is one of the founders of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague’s Holešovice district, which in just a few years has become one of the most important institutions of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Válka has a perhaps surprising background for such a significant figure in the Czech art world: for several years he ran a firm in Australia doing maintenance work on high-rise buildings.
Anti-government protests continued in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Friday evening. Roughly a thousand demonstrators gathered on the square to demand the resignation of the current government coalition and president Václav Klaus. Demonstrators signed a petition and listened to live renditions of covers of songs by Czech protest singer Karel Krýl. The protests, organized by a citizens' initiative, started on Thursday, when thousands of people gathered in Prague and other cities across the country.
Thousands of people have gathered at Wenceslas Square for a demonstration against the government, calling for the resignation of the current coalition. Some participants called on demonstrators to follow them to the headquarters of Czech TV, which they claim has not been paying enough attention to the protest. Among the demonstrators are supporters of the Anonymous hacker group.
The astronomical clock at Prague’s Old Town Square is whole again as of Wednesday, when the last statues were returned after two months of repairs. Restorers frequently remove the 15th century statues to inspect their condition as their south-facing orientation causes more weathering. The Vain Man, the Miser, Death and the Turk were restored in January. The statues returned on Wednesday were the Philosopher, the Angel, the Astronomer and the Chronicler. The repairs involved mainly cracks and fading of the gold and paint.
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