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Karlín – Prague’s first suburb

29-06-2011 16:47 | 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

Průhonice

25-05-2011 16:19 | Jan Velinger

In today's edition of Spotlight we visit the famous Průhonice Park - a gorgeous destination for tourists that is not at all out of reach, a mere fifteen minute bus ride from Prague. If you love long romantic walks, soft landscapes full of leafy forests, quiet streams, and virgin meadows, Průhonice is a must.  More

Prague’s Golden Lane to reopen to visitors

19-05-2011 11:04 | Daniela Lazarová

Golden Lane, photo: Štěpánka Budková It’s one of the most Romantic places in the Czech capital. With its charming row of tiny houses built in the Mannerist style Prague’s Golden Lane attracts visitors from near and far. Painters strive to capture its old-world charm and tour-guides elaborate about the colourful personalities that once inhabited them – alchemists who tried to turn stone into gold or make youth elixirs, Franz Kafka who reportedly resided there for a time, or fortune-teller and astrologer Magdalena Prusova also known as Madame de Thebes who was killed by the Gestapo because she foretold the end of Nazism.   More

The Ungelt, and a thousand years of multicultural Prague

04-05-2011 16:11 | Christian Falvey

Ungelt, photo: Prague Information Service In the jumble of alleyways that is Prague’s Old Town, if you look carefully, you’ll make out the form of the ancient fortress of Ungelt, built over with baroque and renaissance facades, but still standing after 1000 years. This is the customs house of Ungelt, where foreign merchants came to store their wares, and a reminder that Prague has always been a cosmopolitan, multinational city ever since its earliest days.  More

Tyršův dům – Home of the Sokol movement

30-04-2011 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Tyršův dům In today’s Spotlight Radio Prague visits an early Baroque palace known as Michnův palác in the historic quarter of Malá strana. Built in the 16th century, it first belonged to the Micha family before it became munitions factory in the mid-1700s. In the early 20th century, after the founding of Czechoslovakia, it was sold to the patriotic Sokol sport and gymnastics organisation, which renovated it and named it Tyršův dům (or Tyrs’ House) after its main founder.  More

The Republic of Žižkov, Pt. II: Palác Akropolis

23-03-2011 15:27 | Christian Falvey

Our weekly Spotlight programme features the places in the Czech Republic that you should know about; if you’re interested in Prague’s arts scene, cultural idiosyncrasies and unique nightlife, then you’ll doubtless find yourself in Žižkov - and Palace Akropolis is the place to start.  More

Guided tours with a difference highlight another face of Prague

17-03-2011 16:30 | Chris Johnstone

Vyšehrad railway station, photo: Kristýna Maková Guided tours with a difference have been launched in Prague – instead of highlighting the attractive cultural monuments favoured by the usual tour guides they put the spotlight on those examples of urban blight, dilapidation and thoughtless construction. And the ugly face of the capital’s development provides no shortage of routes.  More

The Republic of Žižkov

09-03-2011 16:43 | Christian Falvey

Each of Prague’s quarters contributes to its famous diversity in its own way and offers a completely different experience. In today’s Spotlight we want to introduce you to a part of Prague that is a keystone for modern Czech cultural life, aptly dubbed by its inhabitants the “Independent Republic of Žižkov”.  More

Tyršův dům – Home of the Sokol movement

20-10-2010 16:34 | Jan Velinger

Tyršův dům In today’s Spotlight Radio Prague visits an early Baroque palace known as Michnův palác in the historic quarter of Malá strana. Built in the 16th century, it first belonged to the Micha family before it became munitions factory in the mid-1700s. In the early 20th century, after the founding of Czechoslovakia, it was sold to the patriotic Sokol sport and gymnastics organisation, which renovated it and named it Tyršův dům (or Tyrs’ House) after its main founder.  More

The National Museum, a monumental backdrop to modern Czech history

08-09-2010 15:08 | Christian Falvey

Photo: CzechTourism No visitor to Prague can fail to admire the beautiful National Museum, the dominant feature atop the long boulevard of Wenceslas Square. It is home to millions of items of natural and social history. However, today’s edition of Spotlight focuses not on the exhibitions inside, but on the building of the National Museum itself, one of the instantly recognisable landmarks of the Czech Republic.   More

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