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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

Great city – but the centre is no longer for me

09-11-2013 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CzechTourism When I first lived here in the mid 1990s, many Czechs would tell me that they very rarely went into the centre of Prague. It’s full of foreigners, they would say, it’s too expensive, it just isn’t a place for us. C’mon, I would counter, it isn’t that bad – and you can’t just give up on the historical heart of your own city.  More

New video emerges of Czech backpackers kidnapped in Pakistan

31-10-2013 14:59 | Rob Cameron

Hana Humpálová, photo: YouTube The Czech Foreign Ministry has released a new video showing two Czech women kidnapped in southwest Pakistan. The two, looking pale and exhausted, said they feared they will be killed by their captors and called on the Czech government to secure their release. The ministry has also released a video recorded by the women’s mothers.  More

Travel agencies speed up return of clients from Egypt

20-08-2013 15:48 | Jan Velinger

Cairo, Egypt, August 15, 2013, photo: CTK A number of Czech travel agencies have sped up the return of clients from Egypt, cutting vacation stays short for fear that growing violence and unrest in Cairo and other cities could spread. Although life at seaside resorts in Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh has continued as normal, the majority of Czech tourists are to return this week. Not all understand why their vacation was cut short.  More

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