Amidst the sweltering summer, like many Czechs, I began to crave some ice cream. Thankfully, this frozen substance has become something of a universal language, so it was no surprise that Prague offers some terrific ice cream opportunities. Ovocný Světozor has been serving ice cream to locals since 1992, and it doesn’t look like the popularity is going to dissipate anytime soon. Angelato and Puro are two establishments that serve gelato made the Italian way, based on using fresh ingredients and ensuring that each flavor is handmade in small
For more than a year now, young Czech journalist Janek Rubeš has been waging a war against Prague’s notorious taxi services that have a reputation for overcharging tourists. In his widely popular series broadcast on the internet television Stream.cz, he is also uncovering other tourist scams in the Czech capital. When I spoke to Janek Rubeš, I asked him what sparked his interest in this topic in the first place:
Tests have ruled out the potentially fatal MERS virus in a Czech man hospitalized in Prague, the country’s chief hygiene officer Vladimir Valenta reported on Friday. The patient, a man from Ostrava who had recently travelled to South Korea, remains at Prague’s Na Bulovce hospital for further tests and treatment. The 49 people who were placed in quarantine in connection with the case will be released immediately. It was the country’s second MERS scare and Mr. Valenta said that the measures undertaken showed that the authorities were well prepared to deal with a potential crisis.
Prague City Transport has announced that a stretch of Prague metro’s C line will be out of operation for a fortnight due to track maintenance. Trains will not be running between Kačerov and Háje stations from Saturday July 4th until July 16th. Passengers have been asked to use replacement buses instead.
Prague’s Strahov tunnel, which links the Prague 5 and 6 districts, is due to close to traffic at 8 am on Saturday for a ten day period. During that time road workers will link the tunnel to the newly built Blanka tunnel complex which is due to open to traffic in mid-September. Drivers have been warned to expect heavier traffic and complications with detours during the closure. The tunnel is due to reopen on July 14th at 5 am.
For nearly a decade Camille Hunt has been co-running Hunt Kastner, a private Prague gallery that represents leading local artists such as Eva Koťátková and Dominik Lang. In 2013 the gallery moved to Žižkov from the Letná district, which the Canadian-born Hunt has long called home. Our tour of “her Prague” begins with a drink on the terrace of the Letná Chateau, which is adjacent to a beer garden with stunning views of the city.
Prague Castle remains to be the most visited site in the Czech Republic, according to figures put together by Czech Tourism agency. Prague castle attracted some 1.8 million tourists last year, while Prague Zoo, which was placed second, was visited by nearly 1.4 million people. Among the other top 10 most visited landmarks is Prague's Old Jewish quarter and the Petřín tower, as well as the newly opened museum of brewery in Pilsen.
City councillors in the district of Prague 10 have killed a controversial plan by the previous administration for a new City Hall building which would cost the district 775 million crowns. In the autumn, councillors will look into new possibilities. The former plan for a new administrative building drew sharp protests from some locals, who held demonstrations and signed a petition. A local referendum was also held on the issue last year, but not enough residents took part for the results to be binding.
More than 2,200 children of around 4,000 eligible in Prague 6 have received a shot of Hepatitis A vaccine. The vaccination took place in recent weeks after following a serious incident of water contamination in the district. Children between 12 months and 15 years of age were believed to be at risk after drinking contaminated tap water in the area at the end of May. The contamination occurred when sewage water seeped into a pipe carrying water for public consumption. The first shot of the vaccine cost the state an estimated 2 million crowns.
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