For first-time visitors the world-famous Konopiste Chateau or Karlstejn Castle are natural choices for daytrips outside of Prague but one destination visitors might want to consider is the royal Czech town of Rakovnik, a veritable historic gem found less than 60 kilometres west of the Czech capital. Archaeologists have found that long before it was established as a town, the site of Rakovnik and its surroundings, was favoured by tribes as far back as the Stone Age. Finds on display at the local TG Masaryk Museum in Rakovnik show some of the oldest
The Velvet Revolution may have led to the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989 but it was not until this weekend that the Communists lost their hold over a small village in the north-east of the country. Close to 80 percent of the electorate of Sonov went to the polls to give a new party a chance to bring about change. Dita Asiedu reports:
Every year tourists from all over the Czech Republic and abroad get off a train in Benesov, however few with the aim to visit the Bohemian town. Almost all of them head for Konopiste Castle, one of the country's most attractive sites, which is just about a 2 km walk from the railway station. But in today's Spotlight, we take a look at the history of Benesov itself. The town has over 16,200 inhabitants today and lies just 37 km southeast of Prague between the Sazava river and Blanik - the hill where, according to legend, St. Wenceslas and his warriors
A plan just released by the Agriculture Ministry specifies some 200 locations around the Czech Republic where dams could be built in the future. The document has alarmed the local authorities in many villages around the country which would be affected by future dam construction. Those opposed to the large dam-building project have wasted no time in getting organised and are planning to fight it at the highest level.
Southern Bohemia is home to some of the most beautiful and idyllic destinations in the Czech Republic - from the historic town of Tabor to the jewel that is Cesky Krumlov. One destination in the area, somewhat lesser-known but also attractive that you might consider visiting, is Bechyne, located around forty kilometres from Tabor. Found on a dramatic promontory, the town of just 6,000 features an historic monastery, a fantastic fifty-metre high bridge that spans the nearby Luznice River, and the oldest ceramics school in the country. It may not
Liptal near Vsetin, in north Moravia, has been named Village of the Year in the Regional Development Ministry's national competition that is held every year. Liptal was awarded for its development plans, folklore programmes, and projects involving children and the youth. The village competed against 355 villages from 13 regions. It receives one million crowns, to be used for future development projects.
A new comprehensive study of life in the Roma community has mapped what seems to be a disturbing trend - the spread of Roma ghettos. The study, carried out by a government ministry, shows that more and more Romanies are finding themselves literally living on the edge of society, with no jobs, few chances of ever finding one, and a grim life ahead of them.
There is one corner of England that is forever Czech. If you drive through the open, windswept landscape of the Thames marshes just beyond the eastern suburbs of London, you come to a rather unlikely modernist Czech Utopia. This is the small town of East Tilbury, built almost entirely in the 1930s. When the great Czech shoe magnate, Tomas Bata, arrived here 75 years ago, this was nothing but farmland. It was the time when the Bata shoe empire, which he had built up in the eastern Czech town of Zlin was expanding fast, with a mission to "shoe the
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