The National Museum in Prague is opening its door to the public free of
charge on Saturday to mark its 200th anniversary. The historical building
of the National museum, situated at the top of the Wenceslas Square, will
re-open on October 28 on the occasion of the celebrations marking 100th
anniversary of Czechoslovakia.
Seven buildings of the National Museum in Prague, including the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, the Museum of Music and the museum's depositories in Prague's Horní Počernice and Terezín will be accessible free of charge until Sunday evening.
Croatia last year reinforced its position as the most popular foreign
destination for Czechs. According to figures issued by the Czech Statistics
Office on Tuesday, 850,000 Czechs visited Croatia in 2017, a rise of 3
percent on the previous year.
The country has been the top destination for Czechs for 20 years, with the exception of 2015, when it was beaten in that regard by Slovakia.
Italy was the second most popular destination for Czechs in 2017. Some 636,000 visited the country, a rise of 15 percent on the year before.
The Czech Catholic Church and Forum for Czech Tourism have signed a
memorandum aimed at boosting church and monastery tourism in the country.
The two sides have pledged to cooperate in boosting such tourism both for Czech and foreign visitors. The cooperation should cover joint promotions and partnership on special projects.
Temporary stays at monasteries are already offered for those not seeking a long term religious sanctuary.
Czech spa towns have attracted around 855,000 visitors last year, which is
an increase by a tenth on the previous year, the Czech Statistical Office
reported on Wednesday. Some 47 percent of guests were from abroad, mainly
from Germany, Russia and Taiwan.
The most popular spa destinations are in the Karlovy Vary region in the west of the country, which attracted over 500,000 people in 2017.
The Czech Republic hosted 15.8 million tourists in 2017 according to
preliminary figures from the Ministry for Regional Development.
That figure would represent an increase of 6 percent on the previous year.
Minister Klára Dostalová said there was some success in getting tourists to visit other cities and attractions outside the capital, Prague. She said the problem is that most of these visits are currently day trips and what is needed is trips of two or three days.
The minister denied that Prague now has too many tourists and could experience the backlash against them which has occurred, for example, in Venice and Barcelona.
Much of last year’s increase in tourists was due to ever increasing numbers from China and South Korea.
During the Christmas period and the New Year, the Czech capital attracts hundreds of thousands many of whom want to experience classic Prague over the holidays: mulled wine, romantic walks and more. The same is being appreciated this year, of course, but Prague City Tourism is also putting an emphasis on new hip districts with new eateries, cafes, galleries and other sites people also might want to visit.
In his Christmas message to the nation, President Miloš Zeman highlighted the country’s economic successes, telling Czechs they had much to be proud of. As regards the country’s political future, Miloš Zeman ruled out early elections, telling politicians they would have to play the cards they had been dealt in the elections.