Last year in the West Bohemian city of Plzen, the foundation stone was laid for a large bronze statue of General George Patton, whose 3rd US Army liberated the city in the spring of 1945. It seemed an apt gesture to remember one of the war's great generals, and the unveiling was to be one of the highpoints of this year's 60th anniversary celebrations taking place next week in Plzen. At the time no-one could have guessed that just a few months later the stone would be dug up again, and that the city would not have its statue after all, after city
I'm currently at the beautiful and romantic North Bohemian baroque chateau of Jezeri. It's about a two hour drive away from Prague and is actually a former Medieval castle that was rebuilt into a renaissance chateau in the sixteenth century, and then once again after a fire in the eighteenth century. Jezeri lies on the wooded southern slopes of the beautiful Krusne Hory, or Krusne Mountains, but instead of overlooking the ancient park that once stretched out for miles below, the chateau is on the edge of a vast opencast coal mining area. Jezeri
With its sloping cobbled streets, beautiful baroque churches and an abundance of historical architecture, Olomouc is easily one of the most appealing cities in the Czech Republic outside of Prague. Typically, this bustling university town in North Moravia owes much of its architectural splendour to its long and somewhat chequered past. Some claim that this ancient city dates back as far as Roman times, when it was reputed to have been founded by Julius Caesar himself.
What do Ireland, Italy, Cuba, and the Czech town of Bystrice nad Pernstejnem have in common? Well, they've all decided to crack down on smoking in public places. Bystrice - a quiet country town in Moravia - has become a Czech pioneer in the battle against tobacco. As of February, smoking will be banned in all buildings and facilities owned by the town.
Excreting in a gallery -how far should one go in protesting against an art exhibition. The TV star who was smuggled into the country. And, a message from the police: if you find your car's been stolen on Saturday morning -please look around your favourite pub first! Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Today we visit a small town in North Bohemia that many of you are already familiar with. Some 30,000 tourists visit Terezin every year. The town is mainly associated with the horrors of the Holocaust, when the Nazis turned it into a ghetto for tens of thousands of Jews from across Europe. Given this grim legacy, it is ironic that Terezin is also one of the more interesting and unusual historic Czech towns, much studied by architectural historians and town planners. It has one of the oldest and best preserved Baroque defence systems in Europe. For
In this week's Spotlight, we visit the little town of Jilove, some 20 kilometres south of Prague, along the lower Sazava River. Despite being a small town with a population of a little under 3,500, Jilove is known to most Czechs because it was a gold-mining town until as recently as 1968. Throughout its gold-mining history, over eleven tonnes of the precious metal were extracted in the region.
This year's U.S. presidential elections have attracted attention world-wide, but there's one place in the Czech Republic where the contest carries special resonance: Horni Benesov, a village in northern Moravia, that was once home to Democrat challenger John F. Kerry's grandfather, Fritz Kohn, who emigrated to the U.S. in 1905.
In today's Spotlight we get off the beaten path and visit a castle rarely listed among more dominant tourist sites. All the same Kamen - literally rock or stone - is worthy of a visit, especially if you ever find yourself travelling between the south Bohemian towns of Tabor and the gate to the Moravian highlands known as the town of Pelhrimov. Kamen, built on a massive rock promontory, is a most dominant feature of the local landscape, a reference point as well as a destination for both drivers and the increasing number of mountain bikers who have
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