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The Prague Police Museum - an institution that explores the history of police and crime in Czech lands

31-03-2012 02:01 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: Prague Police Museum archive Tucked away in a former monastery in Prague’s Nové Město, the Czech Police Museum boasts a fascinating permanent exhibit exploring the history of Czech police, the development of criminology, infamous murder cases and much more. Sarah Borufka went along and has this report.  More

The Sázava Pacific

28-03-2012 14:19 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jakub Džurný, www.pacifikem.cz 434.2186 is the number of a famous historic locomotive that has appeared in countless Czech films including "Páni Kluci" about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, a favourite among children and adults. Last Saturday visitors to Prague's Main Station were able to see the jet-black steam engine prepare for a rare but much anticipated journey along part of one of the most picturesque routes in the Czech Republic.  More

Boating along the Vltava river in Prague

24-03-2012 02:01 | Rosie Johnston

Jaroslav Knapp, photo: Rosie Johnston Forget the Blue Danube, it’s the greeny-brown Vltava which is the watery muse of artists and musicians in this part of the world. The Vltava is the Czech Republic’s longest river, stretching more than 400 km. It is also the main waterway through the Czech capital Prague, and has been most famous in recent years for bursting its banks in 2002. The floods caused billions of crowns’ worth of damage to the capital alone, and put the city’s metro out of action for several months.  More

Cycle path shows the hidden side of Žižkov

21-03-2012 16:52 | Christian Falvey

The rumbling railroad track that used to pass through Žižkov in Prague was completely natural to the gritty-but-chic image of the 19th century proletariat quarter. The main western entrance to Žižkov was arched by three foreboding railway bridges, and the noisy, spray-painted cars passed alongside Vítkov hill to the cargo station. Four years ago the trains were still rattling the plaster off that lower end of the neighbourhood, just as they had been since the late Industrial Revolution, and then the route was cancelled for a higher-capacity alternative.  More

Prague’s Výtopna restaurant a hit with families, tourists & train fans

14-03-2012 13:49 | Jan Velinger

Many will remember the joy of getting toy trains as children and watching them zoom down the electric track. Now, somewhat unusually, that innocent excitement can now be relived at a popular Czech restaurant. Located in Brno, Prague and elsewhere, Výtopna is a venue like no other where toy engines – not waiters – deliver drinks to your table. For a country not big on theme-restaurants it has become surprisingly popular: a big hit especially for families with young kids.  More

Pardubice – the “best place to live in the Czech Republic”

10-03-2012 02:01 | Coilin O'Connor

Pardubice Spotlight this week comes from Pardubice, which lies about an hour away from Prague in east Bohemia. The pretty Renaissance buildings on Pernštýnovo náměstí and the impressive chateau nearby give an indication of this town’s long and rich history, which saw it evolve from a prosperous hamlet in the Middle Ages to an industrial powerhouse by the start of the 20th century.   More

A Prague institution - the famous Café Slavia

07-03-2012 13:46 | Sarah Borufka

Prague’s wealth of traditional coffeehouses is a legacy from the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But even in today’s hectic time, grabbing a quick cup on the run is fortunately not the only option for coffee lovers in the Czech capital. Probably the best-known café in the golden city is Kavárna Slavia, or Café Slavia. We recently visited this traditional coffeehouse.  More

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

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