The Old Prague Club opposes the proposal to transform the Main Railway Station, arguing against the demolition of a significant portion of the new concourse.
The club contends that the station is a valuable structure, describing it as “one of the finest post-war buildings not only in Prague but in the entire Czech Republic,” as stated in its official release.
The proposed design, selected through an architectural competition by the Railway Administration (SŽ), Prague, and the Prague Transport Company, suggests the removal of the front section of the hall, replacing it with an open space covered with a wooden structure.
In its statement, the club emphasizes the check-in hall as an exceptional work by the architectural team of Jan Bočan, Josef Danda, Zdeněk Rothbauer, and Jan and Alena Šrámek.
Additionally, it highlights the hall’s protected status as a monument, along with the historic Fanta building, according to the Ministry of Culture. The club asserts that this information should have been communicated to the competition participants promptly to ensure appropriate adjustments to their designs.
The club finds the proposed demolition of a substantial part of the hall perplexing, especially considering its renovation over ten years ago at a cost of CZK 1.2 billion. Moreover, it expresses concerns that replacing the hall with an open pergola could diminish the comfort for passengers.
The winning proposal, by Henning Larsen Architects from Copenhagen, envisions the transformation of the new hall, adjacent Vrchlický Sady, and the tram line planned from the National Museum around the station to Bolzanova street. The central element of the design is a large wooden structure arching over the new concourse towards Vrchlický Sady.
The new area in front of the station is proposed to connect to the main thoroughfare via a wide staircase, followed by a new crossing over the busy road to the Fant building.
The winning studio will develop its proposal into an architectural study, open to public commentary. However, the proposal has faced criticism since its publication on Monday, prompting an online petition against it, with over 1,800 supporters thus far.
Hebe, the cosmetics and body care-focused drugstore giant, is set to open its first physical store in the Czech Republic, challenging rivals Teta, dm-drogerie markt, and Rossmann, while also targeting the position of Notino perfume stores.
The expansion includes stores in Prague’s Harfa and Westfield Černý Most, scheduled to commence operations on December 6, 2023.
Despite strong competition in the Czech market, Hebe plans further expansion in 2024, with store sizes ranging from 300 to 500 square meters.
Hebe’s range of products includes mainly cosmetics and accessories: make-up, body, facial and hair care, perfumes and deodorants.
The cosmetic offer is complemented by household chemistry, products for children and pregnant women and mothers, jewelry and accessories, home decoration products, tights and food (snacks).
Hebe was founded in 2011 by the international retail group Jerónimo Martins, quickly becoming one of the largest beauty chains in Poland, with 290+ brick-and-mortar shops and an online shop.
In 2021, they launched hebe.com, with the aim of bringing affordable beauty products to customers across Europe where you will find over 18,000 products from all over the globe.
On Monday, November 27, hundreds of industrial enterprises will join a strike against the government’s actions, halting production. About a million workers are expected to participate in the protest.
The march will lead from Prague’s Rudolfinum to Malostranské náměstí, where a rally will take place starting at 1pm.
On the same day, teachers and other educational institution staff will also protest, leading to the closure of many schools in the Czech Republic.
Why is the strike happening?
Teachers in Czechia are dissatisfied with low pay, earning around CZK 36,000 monthly, below the national average. In 2022, salaries for all school staff (including principals and administrators) saw minimal growth, averaging CZK 48,200, worsened by underfunding in the education sector. Support staff, like cooks and janitors, also express discontent, facing potential wage cuts of 2 percent in the 2024 education budget. Concerns arise about the impact on services like school meals.
At the automotive company Škoda Auto, production will be halted at all plants for two hours with union activists expecting at least 8,000 employees to participate in the strike.
This was announced on Tuesday at a press conference by the chairman of the KOVO union, Roman Dürch, and the leader of the automaker’s unions, Jaroslav Povšík.
“Despite our priority being meetings at the plants, we have agreed that a large number of our members will come to the demonstration in Prague at Malostranské náměstí at 1:00 PM, where we will express our protest against the government and its actions,” said Dürch.
This will be the largest protest since 2015, running parallel to a general strike. In Mladá Boleslav, it will begin with a rally on Wenceslas Clement Avenue.
Protesters from both the morning and afternoon shifts will work one hour less. The rally will start at 12:00 PM, with the main program at 1:15 PM.
The union is counting on active public support.
At present, fewer than a dozen enterprises in the industry have joined the protest, planning to stop production for an hour or less.
A lengthy trolleybus has been delivered to Prague, marking a significant addition to the city’s transportation.
The vehicle in question is the first Škoda Solaris-24m trolleybus, obtained by Prague’s transport company. Scheduled to start operations in 2024, it will run between Václav Havel Airport and Nádraží Veleslavín metro station.
This new addition will be showcased at the Czechbus exhibition hosted at the PVA Expo from November 21 to 23. A total of 20 Škoda Solaris-24m trolleybuses have been procured by the city, replacing buses on the current route 119 (to be renumbered as route 59).
Construction of the contact line, connecting the metro to the airport, began in February and is expected to conclude in early 2024.
The network’s overall length will be 11.6 kilometers, covering only half of the metro-airport-metro route with intermittent segments. In unequipped sections, the trolleybus will operate as an electric bus utilizing built-in batteries.
Impressively, the articulated Škoda Solaris-24m spans three sections and measures 24.7 meters in length. It features electronic assistance for the driver during cornering, controlling the position of the rear wheels.
Equipped with two electric motors boasting 217 horsepower each, the trolleybus includes a battery designed for 12 kilometers of autonomous travel at maximum load.
With a passenger capacity of 179 people (including 52 seats), the trolleybus is fully low-floor and barrier-free. Noteworthy features include a climate control system, video surveillance, and LED lighting.
Family Brewery Bernard has been awarded the title of the best brewery by the Czech Association of Friends of Beer (Sdružení přátel piva) in 2023.
It received the prestigious Pivovar roku award for maintaining consistently high product quality, making strategic investments, and continuously improving production.
Pivovar Kamenice secured the second position, while Pivovar Únětice claimed the third spot.
The Association of Friends of Beer, comprising the largest Czech breweries, mini-breweries, and industry professionals, determines the best brews and producers through a poll among its 1,500 members.
In the mini-breweries category, the top performers were:
- Pivovar Rampušák
- Pivovar Volt
- Pivovar BadFlash
Experts also singled out the best beer brands in various categories:
Světlé výčepní pivo or “desitka” (beer with an initial wort extractivity of 10 per cent):
- Hektor, světlé výčepní (Řemeslný pivovar CLOCK)
- Fabián desítka (Pivovar Hostomice)
- Bernard desítka (Rodinný pivovar Bernard)
Světlý ležák (light lager):
- Prostě Světlý Ležák (Pivovar BadFlash)
- Fabián 12%, světlý ležák (Pivovar Hostomice)
- Muflon, světlý ležák 11° (Pivovar Kunratice)
Strong beer (13% and above):
- Primátor 16 Exkluziv (Pivovar PRIMÁTOR)
- Dalešické Májové 13% (Pivovar Dalešice)
- Festpils Konspirátor (Pivovar Ovipistán, Pivní rozjímání a létající sládek Aleš Dvořák)
Tmavé and polotmavé pivo (dark and semi-dark beer):
- Černá Svině 13° (Pivovar Kostelec nad Černými lesy)
- Sv. Norbert Tmavý ležák (Pivovar Strahov)
- Bernard, Černý ležák s jemnými kvasnicemi (Rodinný pivovar Bernard)
Seničné pivo (wheat beer):
- Hefe Weizen 11% (Akciový pivovar Libertas)
- 12 Sv. Jana Nepomuckého, Weissbier (Pivovar Zlatá Kráva)
- Sv. Norbert Weizen (Pivovar Strahov)
Světlé, svrchně kvašené pivo (light beer of top fermentation):
- Volt Baterka (Pivovar Volt)
- Bernard, Bohemian Ale (Rodinný pivovar Bernard)
- Bernard IPA (Rodinný pivovar Bernard)
Svrchně kvašené polotmavé a tmavé pivo (semi-dark and dark beers of top fermentation):
- Torpid Mind, Russian Imperial Stout (Pivovar BadFlash)
- Zhůřák, Extreme Asfalt stout (Pivovar Zhůřák)
- Máša stout 11% (Pivovar Máša)
Kyselé pivo (sour beer):
- Hangár, Sršeň bez příchutě (Létající pivovar Hangár)
- Nachmelená opice, Goséčko 11% (Pivovar Nachmelená opice)
- Obora Jahoda (Pivovar Obora)
Residents and guests of Prague will have the opportunity to visit four branches of the National Gallery in Prague for free.
The event will take place on Friday, 17 November, from 10:00 to 18:00, coinciding with the bank holidays – the Day of the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy.
This special offer is applicable to all age categories, including Czech citizens and foreigners alike, as stated on the gallery’s official website.
The following exhibitions will be accessible without charge:
- Staří Mistři I (Schwarzenberský palác) – Old Masters I (Schwarzenberg Palace)
- Staří Mistři II (Šternberský palác) – Old Masters II (Šternberg Palace)
- Středověké umění v Čechách a střední Evropa 1200-1550 (Klášter sv. Anežky České) – Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe 1200-1550 (Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia)
- 1796-1918: Umění dlouhého století (Veletržní palác) – 1796-1918: Art of the Long Century (Trade Fair Palace)
- 1918-1938: První republika (Veletržní palác) – 1918-1938: First Republic (Trade Fair Palace)
- 1956-1989: Architektura všem (Veletržní palác) – 1956-1989: Architecture for All (Trade Fair Palace)
- 1939-2021: Konec černobílé doby (Veletržní palác) – 1939-2021: End of the Black and White Era (Trade Fair Palace)
The Czech economy unexpectedly contracted on a quarterly basis in the July-September period, preliminary statistics office data showed on Tuesday, as a drop in foreign demand pulled the country back towards recession.
Czech gross domestic product declined 0.3% in the third quarter, missing a median expectation that it would stagnate and contracting by more than all but the most pessimistic analyst had forecast in a Reuters poll.
On a year-on-year basis, the economy shrank 0.6%, deeper than the median forecast for a 0.3% drop.
The economy had pulled out of a recession in the first half of 2023 but is struggling to recover from last year’s surge in inflation, with consumer activity still weak and firms reporting shrinking order books from domestic and foreign clients.
The statistics office did not break down the preliminary data but said foreign demand negatively impacted the quarterly result, while domestic demand stagnated.
The Czech data is the first insight into third-quarter growth in central Europe, where Hungary, Poland and others have also felt the impact of soaring prices for energy, food and other goods and are slow to recover.
“This weakness in the (Czech) economy also increases the likelihood that the central bank will start an easing cycle at its meeting later this week,” said Nicholas Farr, an emerging Europe economist at Capital Economics, adding that a full-year contraction was also possible.
The Czech National Bank will meet on Thursday with analysts split before Tuesday’s data over whether policymakers will deliver a first interest rate cut after hiking rates to more than two-decade highs in 2021-2022.
Although inflation eased to below 7% in September after peaking at 18% last year, it has hammered real wages, which have fallen for seven straight quarters and dragged on consumer activity.
Purchasing managers’ readings of manufacturing sentiment also remain in contraction territory, while the key car sector saw a year-on-year drop in output in September as it works through supply issues.
“The domestic economy remains on the edge of recession and is the only one in the European Union to not yet reach its pre-pandemic GDP level from 2019,” said Jakub Seidler, chief economist with the Czech Banking Association.
He said a mild recession was possible and that next year’s outlook for growth will also shift lower, especially with weakness in main export market Germany and the effects of the Czech government’s deficit-cutting measures.
The gourmet pop-up series at the Holešovice Market continues to ride the Mexican wave, offering the sharp flavors of the Central American country as part of the second annual Día de los Muertos!
During the day, visitors can indulge in a paradise of tacos, guacamole, chili con carne, and nachos. The festivities include workshops and a family-friendly program, culminating in an evening tequila party celebrating both life and death.
All of this awaits you on 2 November, starting from 11:00 am at Holešovice Market Hall 17/13 and the adjacent cortege.
Don’t miss out on the sun-drenched flavors, vibrant carnival masks, and performances by United Flavour, Mariachi Azteca de Praga, Naomi Villegas, Lozt Mezcal, and DJ Gadjo, in this unique celebration of life and the afterlife.
In the evening, join the tequila party, the highlight of the event. Families can participate in afternoon workshops, creating masks for the evening festivities. As night falls, dance to the rhythms of the south and celebrate the spirits of the living and the departed.
“Last year marked the first Mexican Day of the Dead at the Market. Following a sold-out inaugural edition, we’ve expanded the event this year, offering an all-day gastronomic pop-up featuring a variety of South American specialties and a free children’s program in Hall 13,” said Michal Tošovský, Programme Director of the Holešovice Market Hall.
❁ 19:00 – 19:40 | DJ Gadjo.cz
❁ 19:40 – 20:00 | Opening
❁ 20:00 – 20:30 | Mariachi Azteca de Praga & Naomi Villegas
❁ 20:45 – 21:45 | Lozt Mezcal
❁ 21:45 – 22:15 | DJ Gadjo.cz
❁ 22:15 – 23:15 | United Flavour
❁ 23:00 – 00:30 | DJ Gadjo.cz
The Bohemian Burlesque Festival, now in its seventh edition, stands as the largest burlesque event in the Czech Republic.
As one of the pioneers of this genre in the Czech Republic, the production company Bohemian Burlesque is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, they are presenting the seventh edition of the country’s largest burlesque event, the Bohemian Burlesque Festival.
The festival spans from September 20th to September 24th, taking place in three cities and featuring five events.
Following the opening event in Ostrava, the festival heads to Brno for its traditional Thursday evening at the Cabaret des Péches. On Friday, the production moves to Prague for a gala evening in the new space of the historic Rokoko Theatre.
Saturday, September 23rd, is packed with excitement as the festival offers two events. From 12 to 6 p.m., visitors can explore the Bohemian Market, where numerous vendors will showcase vintage and retro fashion and accessories, along with a retro clothing bazaar.
The day includes over 20 burlesque performances, parades, a discussion on body image and self-esteem, as well as a lecture on the history of lingerie. In the evening, the festival concludes with the Bohemian Queen Night competition. Both events traditionally take place in the Autoclub of the Czech Republic’s first republican space on Opletalova Street.
On Sunday, attendees have the opportunity to participate in workshops with the festival’s main guests.
This year, the festival welcomes a record-breaking 75 performers from 18 countries, spanning from Australia and the USA to South Africa, Brazil, Canada, and various European countries.
The headliners include Jessabelle Thunder from the USA and the Italian burlesque legend Albadoro Gala. Celeste O’Lea from Canada, last year’s Bohemian Princess title holder, will also be present, passing the title to her successor during Saturday night’s show and serving on the jury that will select the new Bohemian Queen for 2023 from among the 13 contestants.
Producer Lucie Čihánková, also known as Angelica G. L´Amour, explains the difference between the festival and a regular burlesque show.
“At the festival, each show comprises up to 20 acts, and every performer takes the stage only once. This allows the audience to experience a diverse range of burlesque styles from different parts of the world, all performed by world-class artists. The festival has been bringing international stars to the Czech Republic as guests for the past decade, making it an extraordinary opportunity to be captivated by the enchanting world of burlesque. Don’t miss it!”
For tickets, visit www.smsticket.cz
Tram traffic will be disrupted on some of the busiest sections in Prague.
The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) will repair tram lines between náměstí Míru and Flora from September 18 to 29.
The measure will affect routes 10, 13, 16, 23, 24, 30 and 91. Some of them will be canceled, others will be detoured.
Compensation buses will not be introduced, while bus route 101 will be reinforced on the Viktoria Žižkov – Koh-i-noor section.
In addition, a temporary tram route 30 will be put in place, which will include the following stops: Sídliště Řepy – Motol – Kotlářka – Kavalírka – Anděl – Zborovská – Palackého náměstí – Karlovo náměstí – I. P. P. P. Pavlova – Náměstí Míru – Jana Masaryka – Čechovo náměstí.
Public transport numbers still have not recovered to pre-covid levels
The number of people using public transport in Czechia has still not returned to pre-COVID levels, according to official data published by the Ministry of Transport.
There were 107 million fewer passengers on Czech public transport in the first quarter of this year compared to 2019, i.e. the year before restrictions on travel were introduced due to the pandemic.
All types of public transport showed a decrease, with 5.5 million fewer inter-city rail passengers, 1.1 million fewer inter-city bus passengers, and 101 million fewer passengers taking integrated urban public transport such as trams and the metro.
UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) was founded on November 16, 1945, as a result of the Second World War, which had just ended.
The organization’s main goal was to strive to maintain international peace by fostering cooperation in the fields of education, science, and culture and by advocating respect for human rights.
UNESCO is based in Paris and today has 195 member countries and 9 affiliated members. The Czech Republic became a member state on February 22, 1993.
In July 2021, UNESCO decided on new sites to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Czech Spa Triangle and the Primeval Beech Forests of Jizerské hory became new successfully nominated Czech Republic sites.
At present, there are 15 Czech sites in total on the list:
Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
Český Krumlov is a city in the South Bohemia region, situated on the banks of the Vltava river. Its historic centre was added to the UNESCO List in 1992. The city is most famous for its castle complex built in the 13th century which boasts Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements. Český Krumlov is a beautiful example of a Central European small town originating in the Middle Ages which underwent Renaissance and Baroque transformations yet its architectural heritage has remained intact over the centuries.
Historic Centre of Prague
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its historic center has been recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1992. The most notable monuments in Prague are Hradcany Castle, the Saint Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and several churches and palaces, most of them built in the 14th century under Charles IV.
Historic Centre of Telč
Telč is a city in the southwest tip of Moravia, halfway between Prague and Vienna. It is considered to be an architectural and artistic ensemble of outstanding quality thanks to its beautiful setting combined with well-maintained Renaissance buildings with various facades. The historic centre of the city, surrounded by fish ponds and city gates, has retained its unique shape over the centuries and was inscribed on the UNESCO List in 1992.
Pilgrimage church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelená hora
The pilgrimage church was constructed on a star-shaped plan in the early 18th century. The monument is the most unusual work by the great architect Jan Blazej Santini, whose highly original style falls between neo-Gothic and Baroque. The church was inscribed on the UNESCO List in 1994.
The historic centre of Kutná Hora reflects a very specific medieval structure of the city ground plan, determined by the town’s wealth and prosperity based on mining. Kutná Hora includes many high-quality buildings, but is most famous for the Church St Barbara and the Church of Our Lady at Sedlec which influenced the architecture of central Europe. The Church of St Barbara is considered to be a jewel of the late Gothic period. The Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec was restored in line with the Baroque taste of the early 18th century. The city of Kutná Hora was inscribed on the UNESCO List in 1995.
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
At 200 km2, Lednice-Valtice is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe. The cultural landscape located in southern Moravia was constructed by the ruling dukes of Liechtenstein between the 17th and 20th centuries. The design of the castles of Lednice and Valtice and the surroundings combines Baroque, Classical and Neo-Gothic styles with the English romantic principles of landscape architecture. One of the arguably most beautiful places in the Czech Republic has been added to the UNESCO List in 1996.
Holašovice Historic Village
Holašovice is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. The village is situated in South Bohemia, near another UNESCO Site, Český Krumlov. Holašovice includes numerous farmsteads, a chapel, a cross, a forge and a small fish-pond. The village is characterized by vernacular buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries which make Holašovice an outstanding example of traditional rural settlement in central Europe. Holašovice village was added to the UNESCO List in 1998.
Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž
The castle and the gardens in Kroměříž, a town in Moravia, were included in the UNESCO List in 1998 thanks to their beautiful symbiosis of light, plants, art, and architecture. These two sites are considered one of the best examples of Baroque style residence and its associated landscape of the 17th and 18th century.
Litomyšl Castle features Renaissance and High-Baroque concepts, being an arcaded castle which later evolved under the influence of new artistic movements. Among the former aristocratic residence surrounded by the garden, the entrance courtyard, and the outbuildings, visitors can find the Brewery within the castle complex, the birthplace of Bedřich Smetana, the Czech famous composer. Litomyšl Castle lies in the Pardubice Region, the eastern part of Bohemia. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO list in 1999.
Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
The Holy Trinity Column is located in the historic centre of Olomouc city in Central Moravia. It is the most outstanding example of the Moravian Baroque style which developed in the 18th century in Central Europe. The Holy Trinity Column has a high symbolic value because it represents the religious devotion and the sense of pride of the inhabitants of this city. The Holy Trinity Column was inscribed on the UNESCO List in 2000.
The Tugendhat Villa was designed by the architect Mies van der Rohe in the 1920s and it played a significant role in the worldwide diffusion and acceptance of the Modern Movement at that time. Mies van der Rohe applied the innovative and aesthetic concepts of the Modern Movement to the design of the Tugendhat Villa to satisfy new lifestyle needs by using the opportunities provided by modern industrial production. Villa Tugendhat is located in Brno, the second-largest Czech city. It is on the UNESCO List since 2001.
Jewish Quarter and St Procopius’ Basilica in Třebíč
The ensemble of the Jewish Quarter and the Basilica of St Procopius in Třebíč is a significant example of the coexistence and interchange of values between Jewish and Christian cultures over the centuries. The Jewish Quarter and the nearby Jewish cemetery are an exceptional testimony to the cultural Jewish traditions in central Europe. The Basilica of St Procopius, on the other hand, is an example of Western architectural influence in Central Europe. The cultural heritage in Třebíč is inscribed on the UNESCO List since 2003.
Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem
The property is situated in the eastern part of Bohemia by the Elbe plain. In 1579, an imperial stud farm was established there for the purposes of breeding and training kladruber horses, a type of horse used in ceremonies by the Habsburg imperial court. Today, the property consists of flat, sandy soils and includes fields, fenced pastures, a forested area and buildings, all designed for the same task. The landscape is one of the top horse-breedings institutions in Europe. The property was recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site just recently, in 2019.
Krušnohoří Mining Region
Krušnohoří/Erzgebirge is a mountainous region lying in south-eastern Germany and north-western Czech Republic. The area, also called as Ore Mountains, has been the most important source of silver ore in Europe between 1460 and 1560 and gave rise for technological innovations. The region is a significant reminder of the outstanding role and international influence of the Ore Mountains as a trigger for technological and scientific innovations from the Renaissance up to the modern era. The region was inscribed on the UNESCO List in 2019.
The playgrounds from our childhood don’t exist anymore. Technical specifications have been drastically changing our surroundings.
If you find an exception, you will be filled with happiness. The playground Kaštánek (The little chestnut) in Stromovka park was designed by recognized sculptors Olbram Zoubek and his wife Eva Kmentová in 1961 and is also an open-air gallery.
The historical residential buildings nearby and Prague’s “Central Park” make the place remarkable. The playground consists of a climbing tower, eight low climbing frames, and four climbings bars made of scaffolding pipes.
Most of the concrete parts were painted white. The small plastic geometric details are framed by rich colors – red, blue and yellow. The whole concept is simply picturesque.
The playground was sensitively restored for the first time in 2017 with the assistance of Olbram Zoubek.
Today, it is considered important proof of the artistic feeling of the early 1960s when this period allowed more freedom in the creation of art on playgrounds than in the galleries. It is not common to find such preserved art in public places.
I took the photo in freezing weather and appreciated that I could absorb the atmosphere completely alone. Otherwise, it is always full of children.