The Central Bohemian town of Beroun has just earned the title of Historic Town of the Year 2009. The prize, which comes with a million crown award for the city, honors towns and cities in the Czech Republic that have excelled in preserving and renewing their monuments and historic buildings. Sarah Borufka reports.
Britain’s Prince Charles spent a day in Moravia on Monday, and paid a visit to the country’s first ‘eco-friendly’ village - Hostětín, in the White Carpathian mountains. Crowds of people lined the streets to greet the Prince of Wales, known for his passionate interest in sustainable development and organic farming. Rob Cameron travelled with the prince on Monday and has this report.
For centuries, the northern Bohemian town of Žatec has been the centre of hops growing in the country. Known as the home of hops and beer, the town is now trying to cope with a decline in its traditional industry. It recently launched a multi-million euro tourism project called Temple of Hops and Beer – but it is also slowly coming to terms with recent history that saw the town’s original German population replaced by Czechs in the aftermath of WWII.
A visit to Týn nad Vltavou offers much of what you would expect of a small South Bohemian town. The winding streets are full of locals in the morning, each one greeting the other, the buildings, mostly farmsteads, have a kind of rural hominess that whips up the nostalgia in you even if you’ve never been there before, the woods are full of aged artefacts - bridges and crosses in the middle of nowhere, say – and in the absence of any bustle you get the feeling that the church bell rings almost constantly.
One of the most important documents concerning the future of Prague is the rather unimaginatively named “Development Plan”. Since 1999, the plan has been the key public document laying out the broad rules for what can be built where in the city and its suburbs. For investors, developers, property owners and Prague’s 57 local authorities, the plan outlines development and environmental priorities: in terms of land-use, new building and the transport infrastructure. Since the plan was first drawn up in the early days after the fall of communism,
Four days of heavy snow have disrupted life in the Czech Republic. The country’s international airports and Czech Railways reported long delays and people who set out by car faced snow-drifts and icy roads. The first day of the working week further complicated the situation as thousands of Czechs struggled to get to work. City traffic moved at snails pace and walking proved a major challenge since few pavements had been cleared of snow.
The town of Litvínov, northern Bohemia, has approved nine urban revitalization projects of socially excluded areas, a town’s spokesperson said on Sunday. The town earmarked over 54 million crowns for the projects submitted by the real estate owners in the troubled neighbourhood of Janov. The area, which is home to a larhe Romany community, saw last year the worst clashes between neo-Nazis and the police in the country’s history.
Last week, Letter from Prague escorted you to balmy foreign climes; this week, I’m taking you to Ostrava, the Czech Republic’s third city and industrial hub, where I found myself for the first time ever last weekend. My knowledge of Ostrava before my trip (if ‘knowledge’ is even the right word) was limited to a number of stereotypes that circulate in the capital about ‘ostraváci’ (the locals), a vague ability to distinguish an Ostravan accent in all of its clipped-vowel-glory and a newspaper report or two about Stodolní Street, the city’s premium
Tučín in Moravia has been named Czech village of the year. As well as the title, Tučín – population 455 – also receives a two-million-crown grant. Second in this year’s competition was Lány in central Bohemia, followed by Žernov in eastern Bohemia. This is the 15th year of the village of the year awards, with the main criterion the quality of local projects that encourage community spirit.
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