The south Bohemian town of Slavonice, which is known mainly for its uniquely preserved Gothic and Renaissance town houses, has been named Czech Historical Town of the year for 2017. The prize, which comes with a one-million cheque for further preservation works, honours towns and cities in the Czech Republic that have excelled in preserving and renewing their cultural and architectural heritage.
Heavy rain throughout Wednesday night has swollen rivers in central and westerns parts of the Czech Republic. The town of Radotín near Prague registered 110 mm of precipitation overnight. The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued second-degree flood warning for the regions of Prague, Beroun and Pilsen, which will remain in place until Friday morning. Heavy rain is set to continue in the eastern part of the country until Thursday afternoon.
The north-east Bohemian town of Jičín, which is best-known as the home of the fairy-tale hero Rumcajs, has been named Czech Historical Town of the year for 2016. The prize, which comes with a one-million-cheque for further preservation work, honours towns and cities in the Czech Republic that have excelled in preserving and renewing their cultural and architectural heritage.
Jičín in northeast Bohemia has been named Czech historical town of 2016. The award – which comes with CZK 1 million for further preservation work – was presented by the minister of regional development, Karla Šlechtová, in a ceremony at Prague Castle on Tuesday. Jičín, which has a population of around 16,500, boasts Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. It is connected with the nobleman Albrecht von Wallenstein and the popular fairytale character Rumcajs.
Rail services on a busy route out of Prague were disrupted Wednesday when a goat fell from cliffs onto the track, damaging overhead wires in the process. The incident took place between Karlštejn and Beroun, part of the busy route between Prague and Plzeň. A spokesman for Czech Railways said it had no information on the state of the animal, adding that the rail company was not insured against falling goats. The line was reduced to one track but was expected to running back to normal by midday.
The Moravian town of Příbor, the native town of Sigmund Freud, has been named Historic Town of the Year 2015. The prize, which comes with a one-million-crown cheque, honours towns and cities in the Czech Republic that have excelled in preserving and renewing their cultural and architectural heritage. Ruth Fraňková has more:
Regions in the Czech Republic recently hit by floods have begun tabulating the damage costs. So far, damage to infrastructure and property across 25 municipalities in Plzeň has been estimated at 47.9 million crowns. The figure, however, is preliminary and appears likely to go up. Municipalities have also begun filing for financial relief so far counting 3.7 million. Beroun, not far from the capital, has been tabulating the damage to roads and bike paths, so far estimated at 30 million crowns. The overall figure for total damages there, however, is expected to increase considerably: between 200 and 300 million. Fifty million crowns, meanwhile, is being drawn by the region of Ústí in north Bohemia to be used for clean-up operations and repairs. The figure is not final: the regional governor pointed out it was around a ‘seventh’ of total funds which will be required.
The eastern Moravian town of Uherské Hradiště has been named Historic City of 2011. The million-crown award is given to the municipality that best cared for its historical monuments in the previous year. Organisers this year also selected between the east Bohemian towns of Kutná Hora and Chrudim. The ancient town of Uherské Hradiště, which has a population of around 25,000, was praised for its long-term conceptual approach to the reconstruction of its historical centre and for achieving political consensus that town representatives have found in dealing with the issue.
A girl of 14 was killed when she was hit by a car taking part in an amateur road rally near the central Bohemian town of Beroun on Saturday. The accident occurred when the car went off the course shortly after noon. The girl was killed instantly. No other spectators were injured, the police said. Last year three people were killed when a rally car hit a group of spectators in south Moravia. Other such deaths occurred in previous years.