You are not very likely to wander into Svitavy by chance. Located on both the major road and railway line connecting Moravia and eastern Bohemia, for most people Svitavy is just a name on their itinerary. But if you do come and take a closer look, you’ll find a little town proud of its past and working for a better future. Once an important town for Moravia’s textile industry, re-populated after the expulsion of Svitavy’s German speaking inhabitants, it only recently showed its pride in perhaps its most famous native personality – Oskar
Just a week ago Czech neo-Nazis fought a pitched battle with police who prevented them from marching through a Romany neighbourhood of a north Bohemian town. With the extremists threatening more of the same, one Romany group has issued a stark warning to the government – if far-right extremism is not addressed, there could be mass emigration among the country’s Romany population.
A small Czech village has got its own little Stonehenge. The best of both: a Czech brewery produces grape beer. The Ajeto glassworks in Lindava has been asked to help produce what looks set to become the biggest carillon in the world. And, Catherine Zeta Jones comes to Prague for a shampoo ad. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Not many people are prepared to travel in it, but the Czech made Velorex car has just proved its worth in an expedition across the legendary Route 66. A two- year-old takes an early morning joyride across town on his tricycle, and the town of Pelhrimov wants to build a unique monument. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
For this week’s Czechs in History I’ve brought you somewhere rather special – one of my favourite places in the Czech Republic – Český Dub. And I’m sitting here at about 10 at night, exhausted after a hard week’s work, just about to go to sleep in the local museum, which is all rather scary and exciting because there are things like suits of armour downstairs, which I am hoping won’t come to life when I switch the lights out. And I owe this visit here to the fact that, tomorrow morning, I have a meeting with museum’s curator, Tomáš Edel, who is
The Czech village Lidečko ze Vsetínska has won the government’s Village of the Year award. The village, in eastern Moravia, near the Slovak border will now get a one million crown grant from the Czech Ministry of Regional Development. The award was announced Monday by the controversial Regional Development Minister Jiří Čunek. Entries are evaluated on their abilities and efforts to transform and renew their villages, with particular emphasis placed on civic engagement. Lidečko ze Vsetínska will now be entered in a similar Europe-wide competition.
In this week’s edition of Magazine: a Czech student becomes a big hit on the internet with a video in which he throws himself against a wall; people are stealing plastic cut-outs of police officers intended to keep drivers in check; Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková gets a rock song in her honour; and the Czech Republic’s impressive network of marked hiking trails is under threat.
It started as a dispute over the distribution of tax revenues. It ended up as a rather interesting sociological experiment. Mayors of small towns and villages have long complained that far too much tax-payers’ money ends up in the capital Prague, and far too little ends up in their own municipalities. So to see how the other half lives, the mayor of Prague and the mayor of Suchá Loz – a village in southeast Moravia – are swapping jobs.
Czechs and Germans in 1930s Czechoslovakia: a complex picture
Wide range of events in store for Czechs this weekend as 30-year anniversary of Velvet Revolution reaches climax
Hundreds of thousands again gather in Prague to voice their opposition to prime minister
Shabby pub profits from nostalgia
Škoda unveils 4th-generation Octavia ahead of model’s 60th anniversary