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Fourth edition of Prague USE.IT map launched

16-07-2014 14:36 | Jan Velinger

This Wednesday saw the launch of the new Prague USE.IT map, the fourth edition of a map which takes visitors off the beaten path. USE.IT, with a history dating back to the late 1960s, represents “no nonsense” tourism for young people interested in getting closer to the heart of the city and real life.  More

National Heritage Institute: many of the country’s gems still undiscovered by foreign tourists

19-06-2014 15:30 | Daniela Lazarová

Lednice chateau, photo: CzechTourism The National Heritage Institute which is responsible for the protection and preservation of the country’s historical monuments has over 100 palaces, castles and manor houses in its care. Over the past 20 years it has worked hard to restore many of those long-neglected buildings to their former glory and today they represent the best part of the country’s national heritage. Regrettably, many of those outside Prague remain undiscovered by foreign tourists. Tomáš Brabec of the National Heritage Institute says this is something that the institute is trying hard to change.  More

Ministry plans to regulate Segway traffic in Prague

11-06-2014 15:41 | Jan Richter

Photo: DraXus, CC BY 2.0 A growing number of visitors to Prague are using the Segways two-wheelers to get around the city’s historic centre. But their increased presence in pedestrian areas has long been annoying local inhabitants concerned about risks of accidents on the busy sidewalks. Local authorities in central Prague have been calling for legislation that would push Segways onto the roads. However, the Czech Transport Ministry is instead considering officially classifying Segways as pedestrians. I discussed the issue with the ministry’s spokesman Tomáš Neřold.  More

Hefty fines for some of Prague’s notorious tourist traps

14-04-2014 14:51 | Jan Richter

Photo: Kristýna Maková Several restaurants in central Prague were among two dozen eateries fined last year for severe breaches of consumer legislation. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority found that nearly 40 percent of restaurants inspected broke the law; the most frequent problems include short measures of beer and other drinks, overcharging, as well as automatically including tips in bills without the guests’ knowledge.  More

Prague ranks fifth in popular Travelers’ Choice survey

09-04-2014 16:00 | Jan Velinger

Prague, photo: Filip Jandourek Travellers world-wide have grown increasingly accustomed to checking tourist website TripAdvisor when planning vacations and also ranking top destinations they visited. The annual Travelers’ Choice survey where cities are ranked by visitors themselves, have just been announced. The good news? Prague ranked fifth out of 25 top destinations listed.  More

Czech chateaux and castles ready for new season

08-04-2014 16:17 | Jan Velinger

Konopiště, photo: CzechTourism The Czech Republic boasts hundreds of castles, chateaux, and summer palaces visited by countless visitors each year. It is, in short, one of the biggest attractions. The new season began on April 1 (individual sites may vary) and in this week’s In Focus, I talk with The National Heritage Institute’s Simona Juračková about upcoming exhibitions and events not to be missed.  More

Prague authorities threaten to curb nightlife noise with drastic measures

29-01-2014 16:32 | Jan Richter

Dlouhá Street, photo: Gabriela Setničková Prague is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, with an annual five million visitors. For some of them, however, the combination of the city’s night life and cheap alcohol is a far bigger attraction than its historic heritage. In parts of the city centre, severe problems with noisy and drunk tourists have prompted the authorities to consider imposing a 10 PM closing time deadline on some of the notorious watering holes, a move which has earned them accusations of reviving communist-era rules.  More

Wilderness trumps insensitive development of Šumava says study

22-01-2014 14:03 | Chris Johnstone

Šumava, photo: Barbora Kmentová The Czech Republic’s biggest national park has become a battleground for those fighting over its future development. Academics and green groups this week delivered what they hope will be a decisive rebuttal to what they see as moves to open up the park to developers and loggers.  More

Authorities take action to curb excesses of Danish school groups in Prague

14-01-2014 15:28 | Jan Richter

Photo: Czech Television The Czech capital is bracing itself for thousands of young Danes who are expected to arrive during the upcoming school winter holidays in their country. The authorities in both countries have started preparing for their arrival in an effort to prevent the dozens of alcohol-fuelled incidents of violence and destruction Prague saw last year.  More

Czech Tourism presenting Czech Republic as an ideal wedding destination

12-12-2013 15:54 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague “Gothic and baroque architecture, winding cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages– a city steeped in history and romance” - the Czech capital is not hard to sell as an attractive tourist destination. Now Czech Tourism is going further – it is presenting Prague and its surroundings as an ideal wedding destination.  More

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