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Varnsdorf, a north Bohemian town in the path of Buddha

25-02-2012 02:01 | Jan Richter

Varnsdorf A town surrounded by deep pine forests, dotted with old timbered German-style villas and occasional Communist-era prefab houses, a town boasting many parks, a river, two churches – and the country’s first Buddhist temple. This is Varnsdorf, a town of 16,000 in the northernmost part of the Czech Republic.  More

Prague’s “Rocket” TV Tower undergoes re-fuelling on 20th anniversary

22-02-2012 14:32 | Dominik Jůn

In this week's Spotlight, we visit Prague's infamous TV tower and find it in the middle of a major re-construction.  More

The Cross Club – independent culture centre with a twist

15-02-2012 14:25 | Dominik Jůn

In this week’s Spotlight we take you to an independent culture centre decorated with an abstract array of industrial machine part artistry.  More

The Mánes Exhibition Hall – an icon of functionalist architecture

08-02-2012 13:49 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: Petr Novák, CC 2.5 license The functionalist Mánes Exhibition Hall, located on the right bank of the Vltava river between the bridges Jiraskův most and Most Legií, is one of only two buildings in Prague that were expressly designed to house art – the other one being the famous Rudolfinum gallery. Martin Pavala, the chairman of the supervisory board of the Czech Art Foundation, which owns it, explains that the art gallery’s history started in 1930.  More

Karlín – Prague’s first suburb

28-01-2012 | Christian Falvey

Karlín, photo: City Museum in Prague Prague’s leafy central suburb of Karlín may best be known outside of the Czech Republic for the devastating floods that laid ruin to it in 2002, but much of the world has been using the machines and products born of Karlín factories for more than a hundred years and aside from that it is also Prague’s oldest suburb – a point recalled by an exhibition being held this year at the City Museum in Prague that was created by historian Dr. Zdeněk Míka:  More

The House of the Black Madonna – home of the only surviving Cubist café in the world

25-01-2012 16:19 | Sarah Borufka

The House of the Black Madonna Nestled between busy Wenceslas Square and Prague’s number one tourist destination, Old Town Square, the House of the Black Madonna houses a small museum of Cubism as well as the only surviving Cubist café in the world – the Grand Café Orient, which was renovated between 2002 and 2005.  More

Through Emperor Rudolf’s water tunnel under Letná

18-01-2012 16:51 | Jan Richter

The Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II left a deep mark in Czech history. Various legends and myths surround the 16th century ruler who made Prague his imperial seat and whose diverse interests made the city a centre of Renaissance arts and sciences. One monument from his time is hidden beneath the surface of the earth – a water tunnel carved deep into the rock of one of Prague’s hills.  More

The Museum of Decorative Arts – a must-see destination for fans of Czech design

11-01-2012 14:38 | Sarah Borufka

The Museum of Decorative Arts Lovers of Czech applied arts and design will find a veritable treasure trove of interesting items, ranging from glass wares to clocks and metal works, in Prague’s Museum of Decorative Arts. Located right across the street from the well-known Rudolfinum palace, the museum is housed in a stunning Neo-Renaissance building. It was one of the last in Prague to be designed in that style. The architect was Josef Schulz, who also was behind the Czech National Museum.  More

Jilemnice - the cradle of Czech skiing

04-01-2012 15:32 | Ruth Fraňková

It is early on a Friday morning, the air is freezing and there is no sign of the sun in the sky. Yet, the creaky old Karosa bus heading towards Krkonoše or Giant Mountains is almost full when I arrive at the bus station. Many people from Prague have taken their day off in order to enjoy some snow. Unlike most of my fellow travellers, I am not heading towards the ski slopes and racing tracks. My destination is the little town of Jilemnice, crouching at the foothills of the Giant Mountains in north Bohemia. Jilemnice was one of the very first skiing centres in the country and it proudly calls itself the Cradle of Czech skiing. Petra Pohůnkova from the local Town Hall has promised to give me a tour through the town. We meet on the central square, right in front of the Town Hall building:  More

The Lucerna Palace

28-12-2011 16:21 | James Scanlon

The Lucerna Palace, long considered a beacon of Czech national pride has been celebrating its centenary this year without too much of the fanfare usually reserved for such occasions. Situated off Wenceslas Square in the very heart of Prague, and established by civil engineer, designer and builder Václav M. Havel in 1907, it was the first multi-purpose arcade of its kind ever to be built in this country.  More

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