Thanks to his Honest Guide videos, Janek Rubeš is THE face of Prague for many people around the world. The Honest Guide shows warn visitors about all kinds of scams in the Czech capital – but also reflect their presenter’s clear love of the city. Our tour of “Janek Rubeš’s Prague” begins on a bench by the park in the picturesque Kampa district.
400 years ago this May, Bohemian noblemen threw a pair of Hapsburg officials out a Prague Castle window. That act of rebellion, known as the “Defenestration of Prague”, sparked a revolt in the Czech lands. It was also a catalyst for the outbreak of the “30 Years’ War” in Europe – one of the longest, most destructive conflicts in human history, waged in the name of religion.
A well-known Prague railway bridge is in line for demolition, the newspaper
Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Thursday. The steel bridge between the
city’s Výtoň and Smíchov districts is in such a poor state that it
cannot be repaired, according to a study commissioned by the Railway
The bridge, which first went into operation in 1872, is a protected structure and may eventually be replaced by a copy, Mladá fronta Dnes said.
Work on the most complicated section of a rail connection between central Prague and the city’s Václav Havel Airport can go ahead after the withdrawal of a petition against it lodged with the Office for the Protection of Competition, iDnes.cz reported on Thursday. However, it will still be several years before such a link is in place.
The City of Prague Museum has published the results of two unique archaeological digs carried out in the centre of the city. Among the discoveries are everyday objects from Wenceslas Square dating to back to Medieval Times which shed light on everyday life. They also include a rare statuette of a Madonna.
Prague councillors on Thursday failed to take a decision on whether to
approve the demolition of Libeň bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist
elements. Mayor Adriana Krnáčová ended the session early because the
councillors couldn’t agree on its programme for the session.
Earlier this week, the city council’s executive committee decided to support the demolition of the historic bridge and build a new one in its place. The bridge is in a dangerous state and had to be closed to most traffic for seven weeks this year.
Around 200 people blocked Prague’s Libeň Bridge on Wednesday evening in
protest at plans from the city authorities to demolish and replace the
structure. The demonstrators also said a new bridge should not be
commissioned, as the city envisages, without an architecture competition.
The demonstration lasted several minutes. Some people protested from beneath the bridge in kayaks.
Libeň Bridge dates from 1928 and features elements of Cubist architecture.
The cyclists’ association Auto*Mat has lodged a court complaint against Prague 1 district council’s move to introduce a daytime ban on bikes in large parts of the city centre. The organisation, which is promoting cycling in the city, has also called on the City Hall to review the matter, arguing that the ban is exaggerated and illegal.
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