With the arrival of spring in the Czech Republic the tourist season is beginning to slowly re-awaken and with it a favourite Czech pastime - visiting the country's many castles and chateaux with family and friends. In that spirit today we visit the royal castle of Krivoklat - a most remarkable site with a history that stretches back to the 12th century. Found on a promontory of rolling hills overlooking deep woodlands, Krivoklat was a favourite of King Wenceslas IV. He used it primarily for leisure and sport, preferring it to his father's more
Last year, some five million people visited Prague Castle - a place that is not just the seat of the head of state but which also houses the Czech crown jewels, the St Vitus' treasury, and the remains of many Bohemian rulers and saints. However, until now, a mere visit to the complex has never been enough to learn about the lives of the people connected with its five-thousand-year history - the aristocrats, artists, alchemists, architects, scholars, tradesmen and servants. For two-and-a-half years, experts on the castle's history have worked on
If you have been to Prague you will surely know Zlata ulicka or Golden Lane, a narrow street of tiny, colourfully painted cottages in the Hradcany district. The lane dates back to the late 16th century when the cottages, built into the castle's fortifications, housed Rudolf II's marksmen. Some people would have you believe the name Golden Lane comes from the fact alchemists once lived there; others will tell you that - in the days before plumbing - the only thing that was "golden" was the urine flowing down the lane's gullies. The tiny cottages
In this edition we shall not be looking at the life of a single historic figure but an historic site - south western Bohemia's Rabi Castle - the country's most majestic surviving ruins, with a past that reaches all the way back to the 12th century. Anyone who has ever travelled by car or bus to the town of Susice near the Czech Republic's Sumava region will most likely remember the sight of Rabi, the castle's broken white masonry sharp against a blue sky or pelted by rain on an overcast day. A rich past, a history of survival and dilapidation,
Images from around the world dominate today's Czech dailies: from pictures of Muslim women protesting the ban on religious headscarves in France, to the crash of a plane that killed 40 in the United Arab Emirates. On the domestic scene the dailies focus on several top stories, including the continuing split in the governing coalition over raising regulated rents and star goaltender Dominik Hasek's announcement that due to injury he'll be out for the rest of the NHL hockey season; that in a year Mr Hasek had widely been expected to make a come-back
Running alongside the back of the Prague Castle complex is a long, rather featureless street called Jeleni. Those of you who've visited the Castle will probably know it - the 22 tram trundles along Jeleni street, past the pleasant greenery of the Royal Gardens and the Belvedere summer house, and on to a stop called "Prague Castle". But if you stay on the 22, the tram takes you past a long, grey wall on your left, with bushes hanging over the side of it. Believe it or not, this wall, and this stretch of uninspiring road, could become the scene of
Czech born porn star Dolly Buster aims to become a deputy of the European Parliament, Czech mps have failed miserably in an attempt to live on the minimum monthly wage in the Czech Republic, and how long would a Czech with an average wage have to work in order to amass as much money as Bill Gates? Just a few million years...Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
A report in the newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes containing details of plans to modernise the Prague Castle complex caused a minor stir this week. The paper claimed the plans included everything from new shops and restaurants to a hairdressers and even a branch of McDonald's! The article hasn't gone down well with the President's Office, which has accused the paper of blowing things out of proportion. Chancellor Jiri Weigl is the Head of the President's Office.
Since 1925, a team from the Czech Academy of Science's Institute of Archaeology has been accompanying all building activities at Prague Castle with excavation work to find important objects and clues that point to the castle's historical development. Now, almost eighty years later, they have drawn a surprising conclusion from recent discoveries, which will soon require text books to be re-written. Dita Asiedu has the story:
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