Liechtenstein Palace at Prague's Kampa, used by the government on the
occasion of special conferences and for international delegations, will be
open to the public over the course of Friday, a national holiday marking
the events of November 17,1989 and November 17,1939, the former the start
of the Velvet Revolution which brought down communism in Czechoslovakia.
Tours of the palace interiors will be possible from 10 am to 4 pm, government spokesman Martin Ayrer confirmed.
Liechtenstein Palace, dating back to the 17th century, has stately apartments which were used by world leaders on official visits, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the king of Spain Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Close to 15,000 people visited Prague Castle in the past two days to admire
newly-renovated state rooms which are normally off-limits to the public.
Prague Castle offered special tours on Friday and Saturday which took visitors to the former offices of presidents T.G.Masaryk and Edvard Beneš as well as the Coronation Hall where the president appoints ministers and receives ambassadors.
Visitors also gained admission to the dining hall used by former heads of state and could admire the authentic porcelain sets and silverware used on special occasions.
Ježíšek’s grandchildren ( Santa’s grandchildren) is the name of a nationwide charity project launched by Czech Radio. It aims to bring a smile to the faces of abandoned, elderly, people who have no family and friends to cheer them up. The aim is to encourage members of the public to grant these people a wish as a special Christmas gift in a scheme that should interconnect generations and revive the true spirit of Christmas. I spoke to Marietta Prajslerová, one of the project organizers at Czech Radio, about what it involves and how the idea
Prague is considering a campaign aimed at alerting tourists to sharp
practices by currency exchange booths and those offering currency exchange
on the streets. The move is being weighed following a similar one already
carried out targeting dishonest taxi drivers. It could include leaflets in
hotels and tourist hotspots.
Tougher moves, regulating the exchange rate offered, have been proposed by the Pirates party. The Czech National Bank is the main organ regulating exchange offices and has increased the number of checks and actions taken against them over recent years.
Many tourists exchanging money at such offices or on the street are unaware of what the official exchange rate is or what Czech bank notes look like, making them easy prey to conmen and sharp traders.
Prague has been placed as the sixth most attractive city in the world for
tourists on their own by the news server Business Insider.
It created a ranking of the 50 best locations based on evaluations from users of the biggest credit card companies, personal security, and cost of living. The first placed location was Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
A Czech tourist has drowned in the sea near the Ayia Napa resort in Cyprus on Monday afternoon, the daily Cyprus Mail informed on Tuesday. The 59-year-old Czech was found unconscious by lifeguards in the sea off the Aya Thekla beach. Police have ruled out foul play as no external injuries were detected.