Prague city authorities have suspended all grants for artistic and cultural projects in 2008. A Prague councillor said the move had to be taken while a case against the city was being heard at the European Court of Justice. A Prague theatre owner is currently suing the city in Luxembourg for what he claims are discriminatory practices in the grant-giving process for Prague's theatre venues.
Prague is renowned as one of the most beautiful and striking cities in Europe, but for those who are blind such beauty is more difficult to appreciate. Now however, a new project offers further possibilities for the visually impaired to experience the city. A map for the blind, launched this week and covering the entirety of the Czech capital's historical centre, has been produced by Prague City Hall in conjunction with blind people's groups. The map is merely the first in a collection that will be completed by the end of 2007, potentially helping
Experts from UNESCO have expressed their concern about the planned construction of high-rise buildings on Prague's Pankrac Plain. The committee has recommended Prague to reconsider the building of new skyscrapers, which, according to some conservationists, could harm the city's horizon. The Czech Republic should submit a report on the protection of Prague's historical centre, which was included on the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992, and a plan of building activities at Pankrac district, by the end of January 2008.
Repair work has started on Prague's most famous landmark Charles Bridge - which recently celebrated its 650th anniversary. The bridge was last repaired in the second half of the 20th century and since then people traffic, floods and the excessive use of salt to melt the snow and ice in the winter months have all left their mark. Workers moved in on Monday - but tourists need not worry - the bridge will remain open to the public throughout the entire reconstruction process.
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating 2002 floods here in Prague. Since the deluge, billions of crowns have gone into repairing the damage wrought by the floods. This clean-up operation has also meant a facelift for several parts of the city that, for decades previously, had been looking a bit down-at-heel. One such area is the right bank of the river Vltava, which Prague City Council is now hoping to transform into a promenade lined with attractions, to rival that of Berlin or Paris. Rosie Johnston went down to the bonnie, bonnie
Pivnice U Zlateho Tygra, At the Golden Tiger, is a name that resonates with all Czech beer lovers. Located on Husova Street in Prague's Old Town, it is one of the oldest pubs in the centre of the city and was the second place in the capital to serve the renowned Pilsner Urquell. Among its famous regulars was Bohumil Hrabal, the great Czech novelist.
All this week, Radio Prague has been running a series of interviews with its 'tourist of the day'. Yesterday, Rosie Johnston spoke to some Danish visitors from Copenhagen, who'd stopped in Prague on a drive through Europe. Today, she caught up with a Romanian couple strolling through the Old Town Square.
The tourist season is at its peak at the moment. To reflect the mix of visitors, Radio Prague is running a series of interviews with our 'tourist of the day'. On Tuesday, Rosie Johnston spoke with two Turkish visitors, who were discovering Prague on bikes. This time, she has interviewed three young Americans, who stopped in the Czech capital on their journey through Europe.
All this week, Radio Prague is running a series of interviews with its 'tourists of the day'. Yesterday, we had Andy from England, planning a quiet weekend away with his partner (or so he said). Today, we have two Turkish visitors, who are no strangers to Prague's nightclubs. They started by telling us what they were doing:
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