If you want to see something else than just another historical sight crowded with tourists, visit the north Bohemian town of Ceska Lipa about two hours drive from Prague to get a more genuine taste of the Czech Republic. Ceska Lipa suffered a similar fate as many other towns in the border region and reflects very well the turbulent post-war development of the country. For those who prefer nature to history, there is also plenty to see.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview extreme mountain biker Jan Kopka for Radio Prague's Czechs Today [25.04.2007], only weeks after the rider had won the world's toughest race: the Iditarod Trail Invitational. Iditarod sees riders take on 1,800 kilometres in the dead of winter in the Alaskan outback, an incredible feat in which one's life is constantly in the balance. Now, Jan has returned to his home in Jablonec Nad Nisou in picturesque northern Bohemia, and a chance to join him on local trails was too good to pass up. Jan was
All this week, Radio Prague has been running a series of interviews with its 'tourist of the day'. Yesterday, Rosie Johnston spoke to some Danish visitors from Copenhagen, who'd stopped in Prague on a drive through Europe. Today, she caught up with a Romanian couple strolling through the Old Town Square.
All this week, Radio Prague has been running a series of interviews with its 'tourists of the day'. Yesterday, we had three Californian backpackers with a penchant for shopping. Today, we have John and Anne-Katrine from Copenhagen, who are stopping in Prague on a drive through Europe. Rosie Johnston caught up with them during their rather fleeting stay:
The tourist season is at its peak at the moment. To reflect the mix of visitors, Radio Prague is running a series of interviews with our 'tourist of the day'. On Tuesday, Rosie Johnston spoke with two Turkish visitors, who were discovering Prague on bikes. This time, she has interviewed three young Americans, who stopped in the Czech capital on their journey through Europe.
Hradec Kralove lies on the spectacular confluence of the Elbe and Orlice Rivers, about 100 km east of Prague. This extraordinarily pretty town boasts a rich architectural heritage, especially in its historical quarter where handsome renaissance buildings testify to the wealth and status the town enjoyed thanks to the trade that used to pass through en route to Silesia.
All this week, Radio Prague is running a series of interviews with its 'tourists of the day'. Yesterday, we had Andy from England, planning a quiet weekend away with his partner (or so he said). Today, we have two Turkish visitors, who are no strangers to Prague's nightclubs. They started by telling us what they were doing:
The tourist season here in Prague is at its peak at the moment. To reflect the mix of visitors to the Czech capital, Radio Prague is running a mini-series of interviews with our 'tourists of the day'. All this week, you can hear what foreign visitors make of the capital, its good and its bad points. In the first installment, I visited Wenceslas Square to talk to some new-arrivals:
There have been gloomy reports recently about the inability of the Czech tourism industry to attract visitors to Prague and elsewhere in the country for a second, third or any further visit. Despite this, and despite the fact that, as CNN's travel expert Richard Quest once put it, "getting a smile in Prague is a day's work", the city is busy with tourists all the same and the major sights of the city, like Charles Bridge and Mala Strana, are best to visit at four in the morning, in February.