The Czech contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale, which kicks off next weekend, is an offbeat social experiment from the leading Czech conceptual artist Kateřina Šedá. She is attempting to reintroduce normal life to popular destination Český Krumlov so as to generate debate on a major issue in today’s Europe: overtourism.
The number of Russian tourists visiting the Czech Republic is expected to
rebound this year according to the state tourist promotion office, Czech
It now predicts that around 600,000 Russians will visit the country. That compares with a drop to 548,000 in 2017. The record for Russian visitors was in 2013 when the total number of visitors was estimated at around 800,000.
One problem highlighted by the tourism office is the time taken to get visas, usually around a week whereas it is sometimes to three days in other countries.
The Czech tourism sector has witnessed a buoyant first quarter with guest
figures up 11.4 percent compared with the same period in 2017.
Overnight stays by Czech residents rose by 9.5 percent with those by foreign visitors increasing by 9.0 percent. The total number of overnight stays totalled 10.8 million. The average length of stays has increased to 3.7 days.
The biggest boost in tourist stays was in the Plzeň region with a 22 percent annual increase and for the Central Bohemia region, where the figure was 17.2 percent.
Czech Tourism has estimated that this summer 4.5 million foreign tourists
will come to the Czech Republic. That represents an 8 percent rise on last
For the whole year the state tourism promotion agency estimates 11 million foreign visitors.
Czech interest in taking domestic holidays is estimated to rise by around 20 percent this year. That interest has been boosted by higher local wages. South Bohemia and South Moravia are among the locations where tourism is expected to increase most, according to the website Hotel.cz.
Two Dutch nationals, charged with grievous bodily harm in an attack on a Czech waiter last weekend, have been remanded in custody while three from their group were given eight-month suspended sentences and were expelled from the Czech Republic for five years. The waiter, who had to undergo emergency surgery, meanwhile, is out of danger but still in serious condition.
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.