Voters in 24 communities of Bohemia and Moravia are electing new local representatives to bodies that dissolved last year due to disputes among their members. In one area the municipal committee is being elected nine months late because no candidate could be found until now. Voting is taking place between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., after which time the results will be published by the Czech Statistical Office on the website www.volby.cz. Complete results will be available on Sunday.
The Czech Constitutional Court on Tuesday issued a groundbreaking verdict that grants the country’s towns and cities the authority to decide if and where VLTS, video lottery terminals, are placed in their municipality. Until recently, the Finance Ministry had the final say-so in the matter. Michael Canov, the mayor of Chrastava, the city that went to court over the ministry’s gaming directive and brought about the landmark ruling, speaks on the issue.
Czech towns and cities will in future be able to regulate the number of gaming machines on their premises by issuing special directives. Up until now it was the Finance Ministry which issued licenses making it difficult for the local authorities to clamp down on gambling. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a complaint by the town of Chrastava which has long fought to have a decisive say in the matter.
An hour and a half's journey south of Prague lies the medieval Hussite town of Tábor. On first arrival, as you step out onto a busy square from the packed train station, the place looks nothing out of the ordinary. But once you pass the bustling high street in the newer area of town, the cobbled and winding paths of the Old Town lined with their quaint houses make this a location where you can feel history at every turn. And indeed history is something of which there is no lack in Tábor.
One of the most beautiful towns in Moravia and historically an important location in the Czech Republic is Znojmo - a town whose foundations date back to the 11th century. For centuries Znojmo guarded the regions of southern Moravia, part of an elaborate chain of defending castles along the Dyje River and the border with Austrian lands, developing from a promontory fort to medieval stronghold and local seat of administration for the Přemyslids - the first line of Czech kings. By the mid 1200s Znojmo was dominant, complementing neighbouring castles
Southern Bohemia is home to some of the most beautiful and idyllic destinations in the Czech Republic - from the historic town of Tábor to the jewel that is Český Krumlov. One destination in the area, somewhat lesser-known but also attractive that you might consider visiting, is Bechyně, located around forty kilometres from Tábor. 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 Lužnice River, and the oldest ceramics school in the country. It may not
It is often noted that the Czech Republic lies in the heart of Europe; what then lies at the heart of the Czech Republic? Well, there are pastures, woods and hills, a history of war and conquest, a strong musical heritage, excellent lager and a small town called Polička, where all of the above can be experienced.
The town of Přibram has announced an architectural competition for the renovation of its square, named after Czechoslovakia’ first president, T.G. Masaryk. It has been estimated the project will cost 34.5 million crowns to complete, but most of the cost is to be covered by European funds. The transformation of the square into a vibrant town area should be completed sometime next year, the town’s Mayor Josef Řihák said. Changes planned will include the renovation of sidewalks and roads, as well as the return of historic-style streetlamps. Trees on the square will not be cut but saved throughout the renovation process.
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