Piotrek Gawlinski is a young Polish tour guide who has been happily based in the Czech capital for several years. Indeed, his love of the city inspired him to start Lost and Found in Prague, an excellent photoblog showcasing rare images from the pre-1989 period. We begin our tour of “Piotrek Gawlinski’s Prague” a short distance from his Vršovice home on the terrace of Vinohrady’s Gröbe Villa, known locally as Grebovka.
A candidate for the post of mayor for Prague 5, the Czech News Agency reported this week, has come forward with a novel idea to try and improve public transport in the congested city centre: water trams which would cross from one side of the Vltava River to the other, stopping off at several points. The proposal is reportedly being taken seriously by city’s transit authority.
The City of Prague has decided to suspend its twinning with the Russian cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Mayor Tomáš Hudeček wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday. The move comes in response to what the mayor described as the Putin regime’s arbitrary attack on Ukraine, which threatened not only Ukraine’s sovereignty but the security of the whole of Europe. Mr. Hudeček called on other Czech cities to follow Prague’s lead in this regard. The Czech capital is twinned with more than two dozen cities around the world.
Tour de Beer, Hula-hoop in Prague, Roast Sausage or River Valley Jogging Tour – these are just some of offers on a new website called Guidilo. The unusual travel service wants to help visitors from all around the world to get to know Prague through an authentic experience. Basically anyone living in Prague can register on the site to offer their own original tour of the city.
The Prague Castle Administration is planning renovation work priced at CZK 260 million, Lidové Noviny reported on Saturday. The Prague Castle Administration has engaged contractors to renovate the riding school at Pohořelec, the Castle’s Ludwig Wing and a greenhouse for palm trees at the presidential summer residence at Lány near Prague, among other sites, the newspaper said. The work is being to be carried out this year and in 2015, the president’s spokesman said.
Adam Štěch writes for the leading Czech design magazine Dolce Vita, as well as high-end international outlets like the website Coolhunting and Mark magazine. He also takes part in projects around Europe as part of the Okolo design collective, which produces an impressive magazine of its own. Our tour of “Adam Štěch’s Prague” begins downtown on the plaza beside the National Theatre and behind the institution’s futuristic New Stage building.
Prague 2 district council is scheduled to debate next week a controversial proposal to make 1968 invasion hero František Kriegl an honorary citizen. Kriegl stood out in 1968 as the sole member of a government delegation who refused to sign a declaration under Soviet pressure approving the Warsaw Pact invasion of former Czechoslovakia once it was completed. The proposal from independent councillor Michal Uhl has divided the council. Centre-right members of the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 have pointed to Kriegl’s active involvement in the so-called Prague putsch which brought the Communist Party to power in February 1948. Kriegl, who joined the party in the 1930s and participated in the Spanish civil war, died in Prague in 1979.
Foreign exchange agencies and bureaus are continuing to use sharp practices and giving out misleading information according to a report Monday by the Czech News Agency. It said that the Czech National Bank had so far this year received 135 complaints about their activities. During the whole of 2013 the central bank dealt with 218 cases and in the worst cases imposed a total of almost one million crowns in fines, mostly on agencies active in the capital, Prague. Most of the complaints are about inadequate information about exchange rates and misleading details of charges.
The opposition Civic Democrats have rented andbegun moving to a new party headquarters in the Prague city centre, from its previous office at Pankrác plain. The 700 square metre space, complete with a downstairs reception area, and work areas for some 20 head office employees, will cost the party almost 200,000 crowns per month. The lease signed is for a three-year period, but the head of the right-wing party, Petr Fiala, made clear he hoped the site would be home to the Civic Democrats for longer. The party rented its former headquarters at Pankrác for five years. The new office will come into regular use in September.
Conservatives but also members of extremist groups are reportedly planning to turn up on Saturday at Prague’s Wenceslas Square to actively demonstrate against the Prague Pride Festival which celebrates GLBT culture. No such demonstration, however, has been given approval by the city, according to the Czech News Agency. Prague Pride wraps up on Saturday with a parade from the centre of the city to Prague’s Letná Park. It is estimated that up to 20,000 people could take part. Several hundred police will monitor the route of the parade to try and prevent any incidents. Conservatives groups have consistently slammed the festival since it began four years ago, alleging it went against ‘family values’ and that participants were‘deviants’.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
The history of the “German Czechs”