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THE 100 YEARS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC STORY 28 October, 2018, will mark 100 years from the moment the independence of Czechoslovak Republic, predecessor of the Czech Republic, was declared in Prague’s Wenceslas Square to all the nations of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. The new sovereign state that appeared on the world’s map had to prove the world its viability in the difficult times after the end of WWI. It managed to keep its historic borders, carry out a much needed land reform, create a strong currency and continue with its successful industrial development. The young republic, lead by the popular and charismatic president T. G. Masaryk, was quick to earn international respect. The enthusiasm of that era has been reflected in values that the country can pride on to this day. The architecture of Czechoslovakia was among the most imaginative and bold, created in the spirit of Modernism by great architects like Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, Jan Kotera, Josef Gocár and Dušan Jurkovic. Even Prague Castle, once the seat of the Kings of Bohemia and now of the Czech presidents, and the unforgettable dominant of the city, was altered with the unique touch of architect Jože Plecnik. The design from the heart of Europe was famous and much sought after, and the fine arts had their ambassadors in Paris and the USA: Alfons Mucha was one of the world’s most famous artists at the time and František Kupka was one of the founders of modern abstract art. Czechoslovak music, meanwhile, was played in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe, with Leoš Janácek and Bohuslav Martinu considered among the most original composers of the time. Czechoslovak trade and industry earned an important reputation and the young country was the cradle of breakthrough inventions and smart technical solutions. The flagships were strong brands like the Škoda and Tatra car manufacturers, the footwear empire of Bat'a, the Jawa motorcycles or the beer Pilsner Urquell, all of which were a guarantee high quality and innovation. The world rediscovered the Czechoslovak spas, such as Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázne. Czechoslovak athletes and sports events oriented businesses successfully faced international competition. Czech crystal and jewellery were unique and imitated in other countries. Saaz hops became the holy grail of brewing and the beer travelled the world from this small republic in the middle of Europe on the wings high quality. The thus far hidden heritage of a nation began to see the light. Today, all generations are proud of how quickly a small country like this managed to become an important part of the European and international communities. Many other events, especially in 1938, 1948, and 1968, so called the “magic eights”, would have an important effect in the national identity and the fates of the people. But the real values prevailed and you can find their imprints and get to know them. They are everywhere in the country, you only have to look.
Prague Proms Music Festival 14–15, 41 Dvořákova Praha Music Festival 16–17, 48 National Gallery: Jiří Kolář – The Grimace of the Century 18 The End of the Golden Times 18 František Kupka, 1871–1957 19 National Theatre: The Wayward Daughter; Werther 20 Summer Festivities of Early Music 21 Some Best Buys 24 The Chocolate Museum, Choco-Story 25–27
Tips for Trips 6–7 Prague Castle Information 22–23 10x Briefly about Prague 54 Tourist Information Centres; Prague Sight-seeing Tours; Excursions; Guides 62
Health Care 63 Tram, Taxi, Bus, Train 64 Car Break-down?, Rent-a-Car 66 Map of the Czech Motorway Network 67 Václav Havel Airport Prague 68 Accommodation 72–73 Good Food, Good Drink 74, 77 Prague Cafés 75
Advance Booking, Theatres Museums Concert Halls Prague Cultural Events Program Galleries and Exhibitions Cultural and Sport Events Music Clubs
The City of Prague Museum: Prague Towers; Prague on Fire Prague of Charles IV Dancing House Gallery: Retro Movies
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One-day Trips: UNESCO Landmarks 78–84 The Terezín Memorial 85 Kutná Hora – UNESCO family member 86–87 Moravian-Silesian Region 88–89 Jeseníky – the True Tourist Paradise 90–91 Visit South Bohemia 92 Slavonice – Florence of South Bohemia 93 České Budějovice – Every Day 94–95 The City of Tábor 96–97 Písek – the Poetic Beauty 98–99 Disover and know Jindřichův Hradec 100–101 History and Culture in Prachatice 102–103 Eastern Bohemia 104–105 National Stud Kladruby nad Labem 106 Broumovsko Region, Broumov Monastery 107 Pilsen Region 108–109 Karlovy Vary Region 110 Jan Becher Museum 111 UNESCO Czech Heritage 112
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Prague Castle 32 How to reach Prague Castle 33 City Map 55–58 Subway and Tram Routes Scheme 59–60 Map of Václav Havel Airport Prague 69–71 Cover photo: Royal Summer Palace – Prague Belvedere (photo: Josef Kaliba)
WELCOME TO PRAGUE & THE CZECH REPUBLIC Tourist guide-book issued quarterly in German and English. Published by TRIANGL Edition • Editors: Alena Helclová, Daniela Krištůfková. Photos: CzechTourism, Josef Kaliba, Milan Šusta, Zdeněk Thoma and Archives. Painting: Josef Kaliba. Layout: Kateřina Vlčková. © Triangl Edition. Translation: Aleš Dočkal, Max Bahnsson. Printed by: fronte, s. r. o., Sezemice. • © Triangl Edition All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. The publisher is not responsible for the content of the texts supplied by the advertisers. The date of issue: 31. 5. 2018, IČO: 257 28 601, INDEX ISSN 47 745MK ČR E 13231 The date of next issue: 31. 8. 2018
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TIPSFORTRIPS Smetana’s Litomyšl 14/6 – 7/7 2018, Litomyšl Smetana’s Litomyšl is the second oldest music festival in the Czech Republic and one of the largest regularly held festivals of classical music. Its main program consists of opera productions and concert performances of operas, as well as gala concerts, oratories, cantatas and song evenings – forms where the vocal art is dominant. But symphonic, instrumental and chamber music aren’t forgotten, and neither are ballet and concerts in temples, promenades or even covering other genres. Every year, the festival hosts pretty much all the leading Czech interpreters as well as important foreign guests, which this year include the famous Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. The main venue is the gorgeous complex of the Litomyšl State Château, which in 1999 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The main concerts will mostly take place in the acoustically perfect second courtyard, below a unique retractable roof, and also in the riding hall, churches, Smetana’s house and selected places of the Pardubice Region. (see p. 52) www.smetanovalitomysl.cz
XVI. Všesokolský slet – The 16 th All-Sokol Rally 1 – 6 July 2018, Prague When Miroslav Tyrš and Jindřich Fügner founded in 1862 a society with a falcon (sokol) in its coat of arms, they wouldn’t believe that their idea will still touch people in the 21st century, and that their little society would become the grandest and most successful sports organization in Czech history. The goal of the society that wore different names over the years and now is called Sokol – the Czech Sokol Organization was -and still is- an improvement of the physical condition of the human body, as well as cultural and social activities. In every Czech and Moravian town you still can find a building with a gym, and -most of the times- a theatrical stage surrounded by a sports ground, owned by the Sokol organization. After six years, and for the 16 th time, Prague once again hosts one of the grandest Sokol festivals – the Sokol Rally, which will culminate on 5 and 6 July in the Eden Arena Stadium. The Sokol members will present 11 collective performances. The rally will be also attended by members of the overseas Sokol organizations, above all from the USA. www.sokol.eu
Harley-Davidson celebrates its 115 th anniversary in Prague 5 – 8 July 2018, Prague This Harley-Davidson party will be an experience like no other. 72 hours full of bikes, concerts, competitions, test rides, exhibitions, great food and drinks, and loads more fun, all in the country of the best beer, the most beautiful women and the oldest Harley-Davidson club in the world. The celebrations will of course include a ride across Prague, an exhibition of 150 motorcycles of the brand, from the oldest to the newest, as well as live performances of 40 local and foreign
bands. The celebration of the 115 th anniversary of these iconic motorbikes is intended for the public at large. Whether you are a rider, a motorbike lover or an enthusiast of the style, or just someone who wants to have a great time, you are all invited to the 115 th anniversary of Harley-Davidson. The event is the culmination of a series of big European events under the auspices of Harley-Davidson. www.h-d.prague115.com
Olomouc Baroque Festival – the 6 th edition 8 – 29 July 2018, Olomouc The city of Olomouc, Palacký University Arts Center – the Jesuit Convict Visitors will once again experience summer nights with Baroque music in the historical setting of the ancient city of Olomouc, in the Jesuit Convict. Music will take them back three centuries to the times when Baroque temples, fountains, and palaces were built in Olomouc. The program includes the Baroque serenatas, Baroque and Neo-Baroque operas. All the works will be performed by Ensemble Damian of Tomáš Hanzlík, the founder of the festival.
Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix 3 – 5 August 2018, Brno, Masaryk Circuit The Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix has been part of the World Championship since 1965. It takes place annually on the Masaryk Circuit, built in 1930, in a rangy and wooded terrain, which was extended to its current length of 5.5 km in 1987. Tens of thousands of visitors come to Brno to see the popular race. The Masaryk Circuit also hosts automobile and karts races and antique cars parades. On a regular basis, the Masaryk Circuit opens its gates to those who want to drive their own cars, motorcycles, in-line skates or bicycles. (see p. 52) www.automotodrombrno.cz
World Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 2018 15 – 18 August 2018, Prague, Hotel Clarion, Postal Museum, Mucha Museum Philately is often called the king of hobbies and in the Czech Republic it is at a high level not only thanks to the enthusiasts, but also to the high quality of the philatelic production. On the occasion of this year’s celebration of the 100 th anniversary of the foundation of the independent Czechoslovak Republic, Prague will host the World Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 2018. The first Czechoslovak postal stamp is celebrating the same anniversary. It was issued on this occasion and its author was the world-famous painter Alfons Mucha. PRAGA 2018 is held under the patronage of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) and its goal is to promote philately and its culture, the cooperation among philatelist of the whole world and to present creativity and innovation in the preparation of exhibits. The ornament of PRAGA 2018 will be the undisputed kings of postal stamps: Blue and Red Mauritius. www.praga2018.cz
RETRO ’60S –– ’90S RETROMOIVES MOVIESOFofTHE the ’60s ’90s Dancing House Gallery 16 May – 15 October 2018
Spring through Autumn 2018, the Dancing House Gallery is dedicated to Czechoslovak cinematography. After the “Retro 1970s and 1980s” the success of the exhibition the gallery has prepared a unique films exhibition named RETRO MOVIES of the ’60s – ’90s presenting more than 200 costumes from almost 70 movies produced in the Czech Republic from the 1960s to the 1990s. All the success of the exhibition costumes are originals borrowed from the Barrandov Film Studios and the Czech Television, along with props, photographs, and sets. All exhibits are arranged in colorful scenes representing the most famous and typical element of the given movie. The exhibition carries on with a successful overview of fairy tale costumes called “How to Dress a Fairy Tale” that took place in the Strahov Monastery in Prague ten years ago. The selection of movies is based on the votes of 400 thousand film and television viewers, and represents a crosscut through the most popular Czechoslovak films of the period. RETRO MOVIES of the ’60s – ’90s is the greatest film exhibition since 1987. Most of the costumes and props have never been presented before. You can see, for example, costumes and props from popular film comedies including “cult” ones, such as “Marecek,
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Pass Me the Pen”, “Who Wants to Kill Jessie”, as well as “I Enjoy the World with You”, selected as the best Czech comedy ever made. Films made by Oscar winner Jiří Menzel are very popular, too: “The Snowdrop Festival” and “My Sweet Village”. His Oscar winning movie “Closely Watched Trains” will be remembered by the famous spicy take with the butt-stamping. Many enthusiasts will surely also admire popular TV series for children, such as the fairy tale “Arabela”, “Křeček in Night Gown”, and many others. The immortal TV sci-fi series “Visitors” beloved by both children and their parents will be commemorated both by costumes and the famous super-computer named the “Central Human Brain”. Visitors can also look forward to filmsets from the first Czech film musical “Hop-picking Elders” from 1964 installed on a symbolic dance floor with original props from the movie. The exhibits also include the iconic original textile-body vehicle from the popular comedy “Waiter, Scarper!” Along with film props, illustrations by leading Czech cartoonists Adolf Born and Kája Saudek will also be exhibited. They are inseparable from popular film comedies “How the World Is Losing Poets”, and the comics comedy “Who Wants to Kill Jessie”.
PRAGUE PROMS 2018 Prague Proms 2018 14 th Annual, June 19 – July 19, 2018
Dear Friends, We would like to invite you to the Prague Proms International Music Festival this summer. As in the thirteen previous editions, we carry on with our proven dramaturgy featuring renowned artists and a carefully curated program. Mascagni’s Messa di Gloria is scheduled for the first concert in June. Marcello Rota is going to conduct the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Kühn Mixed Choir, featuring outstanding solo tenor Petr Nekoranec and bass baritone Boris Prýgl. Classical music will also be presented with a concert featuring Swedish trombonist, composer and excellent conductor Christian Lindberg, renowned for his extensive discography and phenomenal instrument artistry. Since the festival has mostly a relaxed character, we have once again focused on jazz. American singers will be represented by Los Angeles star Monica Mancini, who will commemorate her father, the legendary Henry Mancini. She has been singing since she was fourteen and has worked with Quincy Jones, Placido Domingo, and Michael Jackson. Her program companion will be the famous Kurt Elling, recognized as the best jazz singer in the world. He is a Grammy Award winner and has been nominated another thirteen times for this prestigious award. Keyboard enthusiasts will surely appreciate the performance of the great jazz-rock pianist Chick Corea, who has recorded with Miles Davis, among many others. Chris Brubeck and his excellent partners, as well as the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, famous “from Singapore to New York”, will surely provide the audience with an equally great experience. Cirque is the name of a new performance brought to Prague by Austrian Mnozil Brass, a septet of excellent and entertaining musicians. In order to enrich the genre variety, we have also invited domestic folk singer and song writer Xavier Baumaxa.
The Prague Proms Festival also presents theatrical performances with musical themes. This year’s choice is the Dejvice Theater and its play “Brian”, based on the life of the Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.
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Monica Mancini The festival traditionally closes with the Hollywood Night. This year’s 21 st edition of the event will once again be under the baton of the legendary and extravagant wizard Carl Davis. The true film music enthusiasts can look forward to a unique concert of Ennio Morricone in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House.
Those who love brass and organ temple music can take a trip to the St. Barbara cathedral in Kutná Hora, a traditional annual location of one of the festival concerts. The Kalkant project opens the doors to the youngest generation of Czech virtuosos, who will present themselves in the Liechtenstein Palace, in the Lesser Town of Prague (Malá Strana).
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DVOŘÁK’S PRAGUE 2018 Dvořák’s Prague 2018 International Music Festival
September 7 – 21, 2018
Dvořák’s spiritual music, a homage to Bernstein, the celebration of the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic are the cornerstones of this year’s Dvořák’s Prague.
Monumental spiritual works by Antonín Dvořák, piano virtuosos, world orchestras, great the soloists, a celebration of the 100 th anniversary of the republic, a homage to Leonard Bernstein, chamber music Fink. The leading contemporary instrumentalists will concerts series, and young talented artists – those be represented by pianists Krystian Zimerman, are the features of this year’s 11th edition of the Jevgenij Kissin, Valentina Lisitsa, and violist JaDvořák’s Prague International Music Festival schedunine Jansen. In the position of the chamber music led for 7 through 21 September. The key program, program curator, for the first time, appears clarinetist Dvořák Collection, will close the two-year series preSharon Kam from Israel, who will be performing five senting the master’s vocal and instrumental music times with numerous excellent soloists and ensem– oratoria, cantatas, and masses. The festival combles, such as Belcea Quarte. missioned the monumental works Spectre’s Bride The principal festival stage in the Dvořák Hall in and Saint Ludmila to the conductor Jakub Hrůša Rudolphinum will see the debut of South Korean vioand the residential Czech Philharmonic. The program list Bomsori Kim and young Czech pianist Lukáš also includes true rarities: the cantata The American Klánský. Flag, the only Dvořák’s work composed to English lyrics, and the rarely performed Lužany Mass, arranged by the composer for Rudolphinum hall. The cloud More information and tickets sales at: of prestigious orchestras of the festival will also be www.dvorakovapraha.cz joined by the British Orchestra of the Age of En(For programme, visit page 48) lightenment, the Austrian Camerata Salzburg, and the London orchestra Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, whose long-term fame dwells on excellent performances of Mozart’s compositions. The Staatskapelle Dresden returns to Prague after two years and brings Mandfred Honeck as conductor, and Sharon Kam © Maike Helbig the charming Bernarda
NATIONAL GALLERY PRAGUE National Gallery in Prague Jiří Kolář – The Grimace of the Century
66 collages that map the dramatic events that took place that year in Czechoslovakia. It will be complemented by other cycles of mostly unknown works that show how openly Kolář created the orbis picture of our times from the second half of the 1940s until the end of his life. The exhibition will include selected works from the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, the Kampa Museum, the estates of Jiří Kolář, the Neues Museum Nürmberg and other private collections.
25 May – 2 September 2018 Kinsky Palace, Staroměstské náměstí 12 Prague 1 Although the National Gallery in Prague hosted a retrospective of Jiří Kolář in 2000, a figure like him demands to be explored once again to find a way to leave stereotypes aside and grasp his multifaceted work through multiple points of view. Jiří Kolář (1914–2002) was Czech poet and artist known worldwide thanks to his collages and experimental art. He was sent to prison between 1952 and 1953 for criticising Communism. In 1977, he signed the Charter 77 (a declaration of a civic group criticising politics and the state power in Czechoslovakia). Later, in 1979 he and his wife Běla Kolářová were not allowed to return to Czechoslovakia from abroad and they lived in Paris from 1980. They both returned to the Czech Republic in 1997. After very interesting works that were right on the border between poetry and visual arts, Kolář began to produce only visual works. He experimented with existing collage techniques, but gradually started to develop new ones – confrontage, froissage, rollage, etc. The exhibition focuses of the works of Kolář that, connected to his poetry, show the unorthodox manner in which he can artistically formulate his commentary of the world. An important part of the exhibition will consist of Deník 1968 (Diary 1968), a set of
The End of the Golden Times
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24 April – 15 July 2018 Trade Fair Palace, 4 th floor – eastern wing Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and the Viennese modernism in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague The year 2018 marks the 100 th anniversary of the death of two major artists of the turn of the 19 th and 20 th centuries – Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – Feb. 6, 1918) and Egon Schiele (June 12, 1890 – Oct. 31, 1918). The collections of the National Gallery in Prague house the key works by both artists – the paintings The Virgin and Water Castle, by Klimt, and the Pregnant Woman and Death, Still Life with Flowers, Dead City, and drawings Seated Nude and Seated Woman with Bent Knees, by Schiele. The new display in the permanent exhibition on the fourth floor of the Trade Fair Palace shows Klimt’s influence on Schiele and a history of acquisitions of individual artworks, but it also puts them in a context of the work by their well-known and half-forgotten contempora-
ries and followers of the Viennese art scene, such as Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), Emil Orlik (1870–1932), Alfred Kubin (1877–1959), Carl Otto Czeschka (1878–1960), Richard Teschner (1879–1948), Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) and Max Oppenheimer (1885–1954).
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František Kupka, 1871–1957 7 September 2018 – 20 January 2019 Waldstein Riding School, Prague 1 The National Gallery in Prague is preparing a retrospective of world-famous Czech painter and graphic artist František Kupka (1871–1957) in collaboration with the French Réunion de musées nationaux – Grand Calais, the Centre Pompidou and Ateneum Art Museum/Finnish National Gallery in Helsinki, Finland. The exhibition will show Kupka’s entire oeuvre, from his early works of the 1890s to his abstract artworks of the 1950s. Thanks to the French partner, a unique collection of oil paintings, works on paper, prints and documentary material could be assembled to be presented in the Grand Palais in Paris, in spring of 2018, then in the National Gallery in Prague, in autumn of 2019 (in an altered form), and at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinky, in the spring of 2019. The Prague exhibition will show artworks from the National Gallery in Prague as well as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Albertina Museum in Vienna. The chronological exhibition will be divided by theme to allow the viewer to follow the artist’s path from symbolism to abstraction (of which Kupka was an originator), but also the transformation of the society and the major themes of his time. The retrospective will focus on Kupka’s symbolist paintings, first expres-
sionist portraits, path to abstract art, colour verticals, vocabulary of forms and colours, machinism and geometric abstraction. The many artworks on paper will show Kupka as a satirical draughtsman and brilliant illustrator, an artist interested in philosophy, Greek and Roman art, religion and science.
NATIONAL THEATRE National Theatre The Wayward Daughter
set design, featuring maypoles and dancing hens, creates a wonderful summer atmosphere full of sunshine. The detailed characters and poetic lyricism perfectly suit the story. The ballet is laced with exuberant good humour. La Fille mal gardée is one of Ashton’s most virtuoso choreographies, difficult in the series of energetic pas de deux and solos that express the youthful passion of Lise and her beloved Colas. And the best is that the viewer does not need to know the story in advance in order to understand and enjoy it. The Gestures and the characters are so expressive that they tell everything.
Music: Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold Choreography: Frederick Ashton Premiered on 19 & 20 April 2018 The National Theatre Prague This fasinating comedy undoubtedly belongs to the treasure of the world of ballet and its story is appealing to audiences of all genearations. Some of the finest dancers worldwide have appeared in Sir Frederick Ashton’s highly acclaimed ballet, which has been staged at more than 35 theatres around the world, including the Paris Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, the American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. The story is based on a 1789 French ballet originally created by Jean Dauberval. John Lanchbery adapted and arranged the music for Ashton’s ballet from Ferdinand Hérold’s 1828 score. Taking place in a pastoral setting inspired by Ashton’s love for the Suffolk countryside, the cartoon-like
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Charlotte at Werther’s Grave
Premiered on 7 & 9 June 2018 The National Theatre Prague J. W. Goethe’s poetry and prose have inspired numerous artists, including opera composers. The most accomplished adaptations of his works include French operas: Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon, Charles Gounod’s Faust and Jules Massenet’s Werther. Soon after its publication, Goethe’s 1774 epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther became a cult book, one in which the readers recognised themselves, with a number of them even taking the hero’s example and committing suicide. The work is a seminal text of the German proto-Romantic literary movement known as Sturm und Drang, whose adherents placed emphasis on human emotionality as the answer to the cool rationalism of the era of the Enlightenment. Linking up to his teacher Thomas and his colleague Gounod, Massenet’s compositional style is primarily noted for abundant distinct melody and colourful orchestration, inspired in part by Richard Wagner. His suggestible musical idiom serves to underline a story replete with passions, which the protagonists fail to satisfy. Massenet’s Werther, one of the most acclaimed French operas, is returning to the National Theatre in Prague almost 80 years after the previous production, performed from 1927 to 1939. We will stage the production by the renowned German director Willy Decker in collaboration with Oper Frankfurt.
PRAGUECASTLEINFORMATION www.hrad.cz The Prague Castle Complex is open every day from 6 am to 10 pm Prague Castle gardens: The Royal Garden, the Garden on the Ramparts, the Paradise Garden, and the Upper Stag Moat are open daily in the summer tourist season (from 1 April to 31 October) from 10 am to 6 pm. The Bastion Garden is open at the same time as the Prague Castle Complex. In the winter season the gardens are closed.
PREMISES REQUIRING TICKETS – daily 9 am–5 pm (summer season), 9 am–4 pm (winter season) Admission: full/discounted/family Prague Castle – Tour A – Old Royal Palace, permanent exhibition “The Story of Prague Castle”, St. George’s Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, Rosenberg Palace – CZK 350/175/700 Prague Castle – Tour B – Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane – CZK 250/125/500 Prague Castle – Tour C – Prague Castle Picture Gallery, St. Vitus Treasury – CZK 350/175/700 Permanent exhibition “The Story of Prague Castle” – CZK 140/70/280 Permanent exhibition St. Vitus Treasury – CZK 250/125/500 Prague Castle Picture Galley – CZK 100/50/200 Powder Tower – CZK 70/40/140 Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral – CZK 150 Discounts apply to: youth from 6–16, secondary school students accompanied by a teacher, school and university students, family (1–5 children up to 16 years of age and no more than 2 adults), seniors past 65. Admission is free for children under six. All tickets are valid for two days. Visitors can pay for services in euro and all sales points accept all major credit cards. Cash-free purchase of tickets (acceptance of travel vouchers) is widely expected.
PRAGUE CASTLE INFORMATION CENTRES Information, guide services, admission tickets for the historic buildings Second Courtyard – tel.: +420 224 372 423, +420 224 372 419 Third Courtyard – tel.: +420 224 372 435, +420 224 373 368 Open daily 9 am–5 pm (winter season 9 am–4 pm) e-mail: email@example.com, www.hrad.cz
PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS Prague Castle Picture Gallery • The 2nd courtyard of Prague Castle The permanent exhibition presents collections originally owned by Emperors Rudolph II and Ferdinand II, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, acquisitions by the Masaryk National Fund during the First Republic period between 1918 and 1939, and new acquisitions from recent times. Open daily 9 am–5 pm (IV–X), 9 am–4 pm (XI–III)
The Story of Prague Castle • Old Royal Palace – Gothic floor This unique project introduces to the history of Prague Castle, from prehistoric times up to the present. It is the story of a complex that conceals within itself the mystery of the final resting place of the most important Bohemian rulers and saints, a place that houses the Czech crown jewels and the St Vitus Treasury, but also a place that serves as the dignified seat of the Head of state of the Czech Republic. Open daily 9 am–5 pm (IV–X), 9 am–4 pm (XI–III)
St. Vitus Treasury • St. Cross Chapel on the second Courtyard
It consists of some 140 works of supreme artistic quality from the temple collection of the church, later the cathedral, of St. Vitus ever since the 11th century. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (XI–III), 10 am–6 pm (IV–X)
Armory – The Mihulka Powder Tower
The exhibition is temporary closed till August 2018 The ground and first floor are dedicated to the development of warfare in the 17th and 18th centuries. Castle Guard permanent exhibition This exhibition, bearing the subtitle “From Duke’s Train to President’s Castle Guard”, maps the historic evolution and present situation of the unit that secures the president of the republic.
OVERVIEWOFCULTURALEVENTSATPRAGUECASTLE JUNE–SEPTEMBER2018 The Exhibitions of the project “Established in 1918” celebrating the 100 th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic
STORIES OF STATEHOOD Prague Castle Riding School 10 May – 31 October 2018
This exhibition, especially dedicated to the history of the Czech State Symbols, is quite exceptional among the series of exhibitions dedicated to the foundation of the independent an Czechoslovak state, and not only because of all the exhibits concentrated in one place, but also because of its architectural concept. The stories of the exhibited objects form an axis that aims to show visitors that, even though the Czech state symbols were misused throughout the country’s history, they still represented something our ancestors were willing to give their lives for. The exhibition will include a case showing the highest state decorations awarded in the last 100 years as well as unique archives linked to critical moments of modern Czech history. (see p. 3)
THE PRAGUE CASTLE GUARD Theresian Wing of the Old Royal Palace 28 June – 31 October 2018
The birth of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918 is inseparably linked to the establishment of the Castle Guard. This military unit was established after Prague Castle became the seat of the President of the new republic to provide external security and defense of both the castle complex and the buildings that serve as seat of the President and his guests, for example, the presents Summer Residence at Château Lány. The unit also military honours, especially during official visits of foreign dignitaries and the reception by the President of the heads of embassy missions. The Castle Guard wears a specific type of uniform designed in 1990 for then President Václav Havel by artist Theodor Pištěk, who won an Oscar for the costume design of Miloš Forman’s film Amadeus. The exhibition will show the Castle Guard’s one hundred year history through hundreds of photos and several 3D exhibits. (see p. 3)
CONCERT OF THE CASTLE GUARD BAND AT THE ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL 1 pm to 1:45 pm: 9/5, 6/6, 11/7, 8/8, 5/9/2018
The summer concerts of the Castle Guard Band in front of the entrance to the South Tower of the St. Vitus Cathedral will make your visit to Prague Castle even more pleasant. The brass quintet wearing the uniforms designed by Theodor Pištěk will captivate you to the tunes of Bach, Smetana, Dvořák or Debussy, and more modern artists like John Lennon or Leonard Bernstein. The venue of the concerts is located in the main tourist route, in the 3 rd Courtyard of Prague Castle, so don’t hesitate and drop by for a little while.
PROMENADE CONCERTS IN THE SOUTHERN GARDENS OF PRAGUE CASTLE
June – September 2018: 2/6, 30/6, 28/7, 4/8, 8/9; Saturdays: 10:30 am–11:50 am Prague Castle has held summer promenade concerts of military music uninterruptedly since 1843, and this year is the 175 th season featuring all the uniformed Czech brass orchestras that carry on with this tradition admired all over the world. Do not miss this unique and traditional series of concerts that, according to Eduard Hanslick, a famous music critic from the XIX century, “are public performances of military music in open spaces, making them the most democratic way to listen to music”. Entrance to the concerts is free Changes possible. For more info, please, go to: www.kulturanahrade.cz
Name Quarter • Street/Square ▼ GOL DSM IT H’S, J E WEL LERY Boucheron boutique 1 • Křižovnická 3 Cartier 1 • Pařížská 2 Diamonds & Pearls 1 • Týnská 21 Frey Wille 1 • Havířská 3 Golden & Silver 1 • Pařížská 5 Granát 1 • Dlouhá 28–30 1 • Panská 1 1 • Na Příkopě 23 Halada 1 • Pařížská 7 1 • Na Příkopě 16 Christian Dior 1 • Pařížská 4 Pandora Jewelery 1 • Na Příkopě 13 Studio Šperk 1 • Dlouhá 19 J. Drahoňovský Swarovski 1 • Pařížská 16 1 • Malé náměstí 1 1 • Celetná 11 ▼ PHI LAT E LY • NUMISMATIC SHOPS Dům filatelie 1 • Klimentská 6 Jiří Vandas 1 • Na Příkopě 25 ▼ FA SHIO N Hugo Boss 1 • Pařížská 6 Gianni Versace 1 • U Prašné brány 3 Alfred Dunhill 1 • Pařížská 14 Christian Dior 1 • Pařížská 4 Louis Vuitton 1 • Pařížská 13 Prada 1 • Pařížská 16
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Studio 1 • Dušní 10 Hana Havelková if… Ivana Follová 1 • Mezibranská 9 designer’s shop Beata Rajská 1 • Dlouhá 924/3 – boutique – original and luxury models ▼ GLASS, PORCE LAIN AND CERAMICS Rott Crystal 1 • Malé náměstí 3 Moser 1 • Na Příkopě 12 1 • Staroměstské n. 603/15 Sale of products, brands Moser, Meissen, Herend and Bernardaud ▼ MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Daniel Berdych 1 • Nekázanka 20 (Violin Maker) Hudební dům 6 • José Martího 402/1b Hudební nástroje 1 • Karoliny Světlé 9 Muziker 5 • Radlická 14 ▼ SHEE T MUSIC Talacko Music 1 • Rybná 29 Kanzelsberger 1 • Václavské náměstí 42 (The House of Books) The Czech Museum 1 • Karmelitská 2/4 of Music
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1 • Celetná 10
▼ SHOPPING CENTRES Arkády Pankrác 4 • Na Pankráci 1727/86 Underground line C, stop Pankrác Debenhams 1 • Václavské nám. 21 Underground line A, stop Můstek or Muzeum Dětský dům 1 • Na Příkopě 15 Underground line A, stop Můstek Fénix Galerie 9 • Freyova 945/33 Underground line B, stop Vysočanská Galerie Florentinum 1 • Na Florenci Underground line B, stop Náměstí Republiky Metropole Zličín 5 • Řevnická 121/1 Underground line B, stop Zličín Nový Smíchov 5 • Plzeňská 233/8 Underground line B, stop Anděl
Choco-story (see p. 25, 26)
Name Quarter • Street/Square ▼ CD RECORDS • CASSETTES Bontonland Megastore 1 • Václavské nám. 1 Musicland (Palladium) 1 • nám. Republiky ▼ FISHERMEN AND HUNTER I TEM S Kajman 1 • Petrské náměstí 1 Arms and Ammo 1 • Opletalova 37 ▼ CHOCOLATE PARADI SE Viva Praha 1 • Celetná 10 (see p. 27)
Quarter • Street/Square 1 • Národní třída 63/23
Underground line B, stop náměstí Republiky Pasáž Černá Růže 1 • Na Příkopě 12 Underground line A, stop Můstek Pasáž Myslbek 1 • Na Příkopě 19-21 Underground line A, stop Můstek ▼ M ARKETS River Town Prague 7 • Bubenské nábřeží 306 Fruits, vegetables Underground line C, stop Vltavská (cca 300 m) Havelské tržiště 1 • Havelská Fruits, vegetables, small ceramic items, rustical products ▼ BOOKSHOPS Kanzelsberger 1 • Václavské nám. 42 (Palladium) 1 • nám. Republiky Neoluxor 1 • Václavské nám. 41 Academia 1 • Václavské nám. 34
Underground line B, stop Národní třída Obchodní centrum 1 • Spálená 22 Quadrio – Underground line B, stop Národní třída Obchodní dům Kotva 1 • náměstí Republiky 8 Underground line B, stop náměstí Republiky Palác Flora 3 • Vinohradská 151 Underground line A, stop Flora Palladium 1 • náměstí Republiky
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Shops are mostly open from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. On Saturdays generally till 1 p.m. In the centre of the town, the shops are usually open on Sundays too.
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The historical core of the capital of the Czech Republic was declared a Prague Monument Reserve in 1992 and is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Over 60 information signs mark the perimeter of the reserve taking the form of 30x70 cm format D43 traffic signs with a UNESCO sign and the label “Prague Monument Reserve – UNESCO”.
St. George Convent
The St. George Convent was established in 973 by Prince Boleslav and his sister Mlada for the Benedictine order. It was dissolved in 1782, and reconstructed and newly opened in 1976. Open daily: 9 am to 5 pm (IV–X), 9 am–4 pm (XI–III)
St. Vitus Cathedral
This Gothic Cathedral, which was built over nearly six centuries, was finally completed in 1929. In the 10th century a rotunda originally stood in its place. Construction of the cathedral was begun in 1344 by Mathias Arras and Petr Parléř, who also built the St. Wenceslas Chapel, which is adorned with frescoes and semi-precious stones; in the catacombs underneath there are tombs of Czech kings.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m2. The site of the castle was established in the 9th century, and in the 12th century the Romanesque palace was built. In the 14th century, under the reign of Charles IV, it was rebuilt in the Gothic style, and the last reconstruction of the Royal Palace was carried out under the rule of the Jagellons at the end of the 15th century, At that time (1497 to 1500) the famous Vladislav Hall was built in the late Gothic style. The castle was enlarged in the 16th century following the great fire in 1541. After World War I, the interior and gardens of the castle were redesigned by the architect J. Plečnik. The castle is the seat of the president of the republic and the historical and political centre of the city and the state. The changing of the guards takes place at Prague Castle every hour on the hour from 5:00 am to 10 pm. The guard changes at noon are accompanied by a solemn fanfare. See the map on page 32. There is additional information on pages 22–23. www.hrad.cz
Open Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday, noon to 4 pm (November–February); Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday, noon to 5 pm (March–October)
Golden lane features tiny houses from the 16th century, built into late Gothic fortifications.
The fortified Daliborka Tower was built in 1496 by Benedikt Rejt as a part of the castle’s fortifications. It was converted into a jail until the end of the 18th century.
Mihulka Powder Tower
In the 15th century this tower, which is 20 meters in diameter, was used to store gunpowder. A permanent exhibition by the Castle Guard. The exhibition is temporary closed till August 2018 Admission: 70/40/140 CZK
Prague Castle Picture Gallery
Where there were once stables a gallery was built for the art collections at Prague Castle. Pictures from Rudolf’s gallery were discovered and designated in 1961–1962 (Tizian, Tintoretto, Rubens, and others). Open daily: 9 am to 5 pm (IV–X); 9 am to 4 pm (XI–III) Admission: 100/50/200 CZK
make music. The fountain was designed and built by Tomáš Jaroš from 1564 to 1568.
Prague 1, Loretánské náměstí 7 Loretto was once a goal of pilgrims, with a copy of Santa Casa; it was built from 1626 to 1631. The Baroque Church of the Nativity of Our Lord was built in 1734–35. The front façade was rebuilt from 1720 to 1722 by K. I. Dienzenhofer. The tower houses 27 Loretto bells which play the melody of the Our Lady Chorus. The most valuable item is the liturgical treasury, with a diamond monstrance called Prague Sun; it weighs over 12 kg and is adorned with more than 6,000 diamonds. Open daily: 9:30 am–4 pm (XI–III), 9 am–5 pm (IV–X) The bells are rung every hour, starting at 9 am and ending at 6 pm. Admission: 150 CZK
St. George Basilica
The Romanesque St. George Basilica was built in 920, close to the Benedictine monastery; it was reconstructed in the 10th and 12th centuries.
Royal Summer Palace (Belvedere)
This is the most remarkable Renaissance building in Prague. It was built from 1538–1552 following the design of Paolo della Stella, and completed in 1563 by the architect B. Wohlmut. Its garden contains the Singing Fountain, where drops of water
Royal Garden with Ball Game Hall (Míčovna)
The Royal Garden was laid out in 1534 under the reign of Ferdinand I and refined under the rule of Rudolf II. The Ball Game Hall was once used as a barracks and is now used to house exhibitions. Open to the public only in the summer season (April to October), and the Ball Game Hall is open only for exhibitions.
along with the Church of Our Lady and the Strahov Library. The historical library contains the early Baroque Theological Hall (1671–1679) and Classicist Philosophical Hall (1785–1794), adorned by frescoes of A. Maulbertsch. Open daily: 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm Closed 1. 4.; 24., 25. 12. 2018 Admission: 120 CZK
Prague 1, Jiřská 3 Construction of this palace was begun in the middle of the 16th century by the Pernstein family. In 1627 it became the property of Po-lyxena of Lobkowicz. It was rebuilt by Carlo Lurago from 1651 to 1668 and has appeared as it does now since that time. Permanent exhibition: The Princely Collections Open daily: 10 am to 6 pm Admission: 275 CZK
Prague 1, Loretánské náměstí 5 This is an early Baroque palace that was built from 1669 to 1687 by Francesco Caratti. It currently serves as the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prague 1, Strahovské nádvoří 1/132 This monastery of the Premonstratensian order at Strahov was originally built in the Romanesque style,
ThePalaceGardensunderPragueCastle was bankrolled by governmental funds with a substantial contribution by the Prague Herita ge Fund, under the supervision of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Václav Havel, the Czech president. During the first phase, the Ledebour and Small Pálffy Gardens underwent reconstruction. These gardens were opened to the public in June 1995. The second phase – finished in August 2000 – covers the three remaining gardens (the Great Pálffy Garden was opened in 1997). In the location of the Small and Great Pálffy Gardens, vineyards and gardens are documented as early as 1454. An engraving from 1685 depicts a large,
The palace gardens on the southern slopes of the hill crowned with the Prague Castle complex consist of five historic gardens: the Ledebour Garden, the Small Pálffy Garden, the Great Pálffy Garden, the Kolowrat Garden and the Small Fürstenberg Garden. These gardens represent a unique historic complex which is one of most significant Baroque garden works in Europe. Due to the lack of maintenance, these beautiful and historically priceless objects reached a state of catastrophe, and were closed to the public in the seventies. It was not until 1989 that reconstruction commenced, led by the new owner – the State Preservation Institute. The reconstruction
here in 1580. In 1784, Lady Marie Barbora Černínová applied a highly-demanding concept of a Baroque garden, designed according to Italian models by architect Ignatius Palliardi. The Prague palace gardens are linked and are accessible from both the Wallenstein street and the Prague Castle garden called “Na Valech.” They offer their visitors relaxation, pleasant strolls in a cultivated environment, and unforgettable views of the capital. www.palacove-zahrady.cz
terrace-like Renaissance-Italian garden at this location. Today’s design – or rather the architectural concept of what has been preserved – goes back to 1751. It is the result of a reconstruction carried out by the aristocratic Fürstenberk family. Despite several reconstructions that followed, the original Baroque design remained preserved; namely, the terrace-like setting, the axis location of the central stairs, the alteration of vacant and planted sections and many remarkable architectural motifs, including many wellpreserved relics of art decoration, etc. Unlike other decorative and entertainment gardens, the Kolowrat Garden has a four purpose character. Its concept is much more modest and far less demonstrative. Also, where the Small Fürstenberg Garden is located, there used to be a vineyard and a utility garden in 1517. However, a decorative garden was founded
Ledebour Garden is a Baroque, terrace garden from the first third of the 18 century, in about 1787 styled most probably by I. J. Palliardi. In between the salla terrena and the opposite–side wall, flat with the staircase and the fountain with the statue of a giant, a parterre with a recently-built basin. The Palace gardens are open daily (1 May – 30 September) from 10 am to 7 pm, 10 am to 6 pm (IV, X). Admission: 100/70/270 CZK th
POHOŘELEC (tram no. 22 stop)
MALOSTRANSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ (tram no. 12, 15, 20, 22 stop)
(tram no. 22 stop)
The Information centres of Prague Castle
(Subway stop, tram no. 2, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22 stop)
PRAŽSKÝ HRAD (tram no. 22 stop)
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tram 22, stop Pražský hrad, follow U Prašného mostu street to Prašný most (B).
A B C D E F G
Zahrada na Valech (Garden on the Ramparts)
Rajská zahrada (Paradise Garden)
Nové zámecké schody (New Castle Stairs)
Staré zámecké schody (Old Castle Stairs)
Královská zahrada (Royal Garden)
Prašný most (Powder Bridge)
Hradčanské náměstí (Hradčany Square)
For orientation, please note
tram 22, stop Pohořelec follow Loretánská street to Hradčanské náměstí (A).
tram 12, 15, 20, 22, stop Malostranské náměstí you have to go up in order to follow Nerudova street, then turn to the right where Nové zámecké schody (E) are situated.
tram 2, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22 stop Malostranská underground line A stop Malostranská as well you should go up to Chotkova street, then turn to the left where Staré zámecké schody (D) are situated.
NERUDOVA ■ ■ ■ KLÁROV
I = 1st Courtyard (Cour d’honneur):
7 = Katedrála sv. Víta (St Vitus Cathedral) 8 = Staré proboštství (The Old Deanery) 9 = Socha sv. Jiří (Statue of St George) 10 = Starý královský palác (Old Royal Palace) 11 = Vladislavský sál (Vladislav Hall) 12 = Kaple všech svatých (All Saints’ Chapel)
III = 3rd Courtyard:
2 = Kaple sv. Kříže (Chapel of the Holy Cross) 3 = Kholova kašna (Baroque Fountain) 4 = Obrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery) 5 = Španělský sál (Spanish Hall) 6 = Rudolfova galerie (Rudolf’s Gallery)
II = 2nd Courtyard:
1 = Matyášova brána (Matthias’s Gateway)
Prašná věž – Mihulka (The Powder Tower) Bílá věž (The White Tower) Daliborka (The Daliborka Tower) Černá věž (The Black Tower)
13 = Basilika sv. Jiří (Basilica of St George) 14 = Klášter sv. Jiří (St George’s Convent) 15 = Ústav šlechtičen (Institute of Gentlewomen) 16 = Zlatá ulička (Golden Lane) 17 = Nejvyšší purkrabství (The Highest Burgrave’s House) 18 = Lobkovický palác (Lobkowicz Palace) 19 = Belvedere (Royal Summer Palace) 20 = Míčovna (Ball Game Hall) 21 = Arcibiskupský palác (Archbishop’s Palace)
LesserTown (MaláStrana) The St. Nicolas’s Church
church is famous thanks to the Spanish wax effigy of the Prague Child Jesus gifted by Polyxena of Lobkovic and brought to Prague at the end of the 16th century. Open: ❶–❻ 8:30 am–7 pm, ❼ 8:30 pm–8 pm
Malostranské nám. 556/29 The construction of this church started in 1704 on the site of a small, older Gothic church. The frontispiece was finished in 1710 and the nave, with its wreath of chapels, was consecrated in 1711. This part was clearly built by Christopher Dienzenhofer. The sanctuary and the cupola were built in 1737–1752 based on Dienzenhofer’s design, and the structure was finished by A. Lurago between 1751 and 1756. The interior is an example of the high Baroque style; the decorations were created by Jan Lukáš Kracker. The Crucifixion (1646) in St. Barbara’s chapel and Christ’s Passion series (1670), all pictures by Karel Škréta, originally created for the Jesuit Profession House,
The Petřín Observation Tower
The construction of the Petřín observation tower was initiated by the Czech Tourist Club on the occasion of the Jubilee Land’s Exhibition. It is a scale model (1:5) of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed by Ing. František Prášil from the famous ČKD factory. Its construction started on 16 March 1891 and was finished on 20th August of the same year. The tower is located at an altitude of 324 m above sea level and is 60 m tall. It
form the most significant part of the interior decoration. Most of the sculptures in the church are works by I. F. Platzer. The oldest sculpture in the church is Our Lady of Foyen on the left altar, brought by the Jesuits from Belgium in 1629. The tower of the church (the baroque belfry) actually never was an integral part of the church as it was an independent property owned by the Lesser Town of Prague. It served as the bell- and observation-tower. Important facts about the church: Height of the cupola: 50 m inside; 70 m outside; 79 m with the clerestory Width of the church: 40 m • Width of the nave: 30 m Length of the church: 60 m (without the stairs) Surface area of the murals: 3000 m 2 The church is open daily: 9 am–5 pm (III–X), 9 am–4 pm (XI–II) The Observation Tower open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–II), 10 am–8 pm (III, X), 10 am–10 pm (IV–IX) Admission: 70 CZK (the Church); 100 CZK (the Belfry)
weighs about 168 tons and the base of the tower is formed by an octagon with a diameter of 20 m. The observation point is at a height of 50.98 m and you can get there climbing up 299 spiral stairs. Senior citizens and handicapped persons can use the lift. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–II), 10 am–8 pm (III, X), 10 am–10 pm (IV–IX). Admission: 150 CZK
The Petřín hill funicular railway
After its renewal in 1985, the Petřín hill funicular railway (lanovka) was integrated into Prague’s public transportation system. You may transfer onto it at the Újezd tram stop – it takes you up to Nebozízek and Petřín. To ride the funicular railway, you need a valid Prague transportation ticket which is good for transfers. 9 am–11:20 pm (XI–III), 9 am–11:30 pm (IV–X)
Petřín Mirror Maze
Church of Our Lady Victorious – Prague Child Jesus
A Maze with mirrored path set up originally for the Jubilee Exhibition and the diorama-Battle of the Praguers with the Swedes in 1648 on Charles Bridge. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–II), 10 am–8 pm (III, X), 10 am–10 pm (IV–IX). Admission: 90 CZK
Prague 1, Karmelitská 9 Early Baroque building from 1611, rebuilt in 1644. The
CharlesBridge (Karlůvmost) The Charles Bridge was built in 1357 by Charles IV. It is the oldest bridge in Prague, and the work was carried out by Petr Parléř. 30 baroque statues and the groups of statues are mostly from the 18 century. The wellknown are works of M. B. Braun and F. M. Brokof. It is 520 m long and 10 m wide. The construction consists of 16 arches. The bridge was fortified at both its ends by towers. th
Lesser-Town Bridge Towers
The lower one dates from the 12 century, in Romanesque style, the higher one is 200 years younger and was erected in the 15 century. The latter one is accessible for the public. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–II), 10 am–8 pm (III, X), 10 am–10 pm (IV–IX). Admission: 100 CZK th
Island under the Charles Bridge giving a view of the River Vltava and the National Theatre.
OldTown (StaréMěsto) Old-Town Bridge Tower
The Municipal House
Designed by Petr Parléř, the entrance gate to the Charles Bridge from the Old Town. At the tower are copies of the enthroned figures of Charles IV and Wenceslas IV, over the archway is a row of carved emblems of the territories belonging to Charles’s empire. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–II), 10 am–8 pm (III, X), 10 am–10 pm (IV–IX). Admission: 100 CZK
Prague 1, náměstí Republiky 5 One of the most precious memories of the period of “Art Nouveau” style containing the rich in door and outdoor decorations (Alfons Mucha).
Holy Cross Pilgrimage Rotunda
Prague 1, ul. Karoliny Světlé Romanesque rotunda with rare Gothic fresco of the Adoration of the Magi. Open Mon–Fri with prior reservation at: 224 319 528, or ❷ 5 pm, ❼ 4 pm. Free admission
Prague 1, Mariánské náměstí The building dates from mid 17 century, former Jesuit college, as a currently, there is a complex of significant libraries. Astronomic Tower, Baroque Library and Mirror Chapel. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–XII), 10 am–7 pm (III–X), 10 am–4:30 pm (I–II) Tel.: 222 220 879. Admission: 250 CZK th
Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia
Open daily: 10 am–7 pm e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.obecnidum.cz Exhibition, concerts, social events Guided tours: tel.: +420 222 002 101 Admission: 290 CZK
Prague 1, Anežská 12 The ensemble of ecclesiastical and living quarters, founded by St. Agnes of Bohemia and King Wenceslas I in 1234. Presently there is an exposition of the National Gallery and the concert hall. Open: ❷–❻ 10 am–6 pm. Admission: 220/120 CZK
The Royal Mile
The unique complex of architectural and historic memories, connecting today’s centre of the town (Powder Tower via Celetná Street, Old-Town Square, Karlova Street, Mostecká and Nerudova Streets) with past, several coronation processions and the messengers from foreign countries followed this same path.
Prague 1, Ovocný trh 5 Charles University building, established in 1348. Gothic bay chapel of 1370, rebuilt in Baroque style in 1718. At present Charles University graduation ceremonies take place there.
The Estates Theatre
Prague 1, Betlémské náměstí 4 Originally a Gothic chapel of 1391, where Master John Huss preached. It was completedly damaged and reconstructed again, after old engravings and pictures, in 1950–1953. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–III); 10 am–7 pm (IV–X). Admission: 60 CZK
Prague 1, Ovocný trh 1
The House of the Lords from Kunštát and Poděbrady
Prague 1, Řetězová 3 Romanesque building probably of 2 half of 12th century, once the seat of the Land Administrator Jiří of Poděbrady. Open daily: 3 pm–8 pm (Café), 2 pm –11 pm (Beer Gallery). Admission: 100 CZK nd
Prague 1, Old Town Seven synagogues are the remnants of the old settlement, the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish cemetery, the most remarkable in Europe. Originally called Nostic Theatre, founded in 1783. On October 29, 1787 it was the venue for a première of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni.
Prague Jewish Museum
Prague 1, U Staré školy 141/1 Ticket reservation: +420 222 749 464 (461) IRC@jewishmuseum.cz Prague 1, Maiselova 15 Klaus Synagogue – of 1694, Jewish Traditions and customs The Spanish Synagogue – The history of Jews since emancipation to the present Pinkas Synagogue – established in 1475 Memorial of Victims of Nazism
Prague 1, nám. Republiky 5 Gothic building of 1475 constructed by Matěj Rejsek, once used for storing gun-powder. In 1875–86 modified. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm (XI–II), 10 am–8 pm (III, X), 10 am–10 pm (IV–IX). Admission: 100 CZK
Maisel Synagogue – History of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia Former Ceremonial Hall – Jewish Traditions and customs The Jerusalem (Jubilee) Synagogue Prague 1, New Town, Jeruzalémská 7 – the most recent and largest synagogue in Prague. It was built in the socalled Moorish style. It was consecrated in September 1906. Open: 10 am–5 pm (III–X), except Saturdays and Jewish Holy Days. Jewish Holy Days 2018: April 1, 6; May 20, 21; September 10, 11, 19, 24, 25. Admission: 80 CZK The Old Jewish Cemetery – with a tomb of Rabbi Löw The Old-New Synagogue – the early Gothic building of 13 century Prague 1, Červená Open daily, except Saturdays and Jewish Holy Days 9 am–5 pm (XI–III); 9 am–6 pm (IV–X). Jewish Holy Days 2018: April 1, 6; May 20, 21; September 10, 11, 19, 24, 25; October 2, 3. Admission: 200 CZK th
Open: ❶ 11 am–6:30 pm ❷–❼ 9 am–6 :30 pm The Tower ❶ 11 am–10 pm ❷–❼ 9 am–10 pm Admission: 250 CZK
Church of Our Lady before Týn
(Staroměstské náměstí) The historical centre of the town, the place of the most significant events, a unique complex of architectural and historic memories. In the middle there is a monument of Master John Huss by Ladislav Šaloun.
After St. Vitus Cathedral it is the most remarkable Prague Gothic church with Baroque interior. In the church there is the tomb of Danish astrologer Tycho Brahe. Open: ❷–❻ 10 am–1 pm and 3 pm–5 pm ❼ 10 am –noon. Visits of groups are possible with reservations. Admission: 25 CZK
The Old-Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock (horologe)
House At the Stone Bell
The Town Hall was built in 1338, in 1364 adjoining the tower with the chapel, in 1470 the Town Hall was reshaped in the late Gothic style. The horologe (orloj) is from the beginning of the 15 century; in the upper part every hour (9 am–11 pm) the procession of the 12 apostles in succession appears at the window. (Under reconstruction till August, 2018)
The most precious burgess house of medieaval age, originally Romanesque, whose rare Gothic form and two-storey front face of 14 century was renovated in 1988. Currently it serves as an exhibition hall (City Gallery Prague). Open: ❷–❻ 10 am–8 pm
The National Museum
Prague 1, Václavské náměstí 68 Neo-Renaissance building designed by architect Josef Schulz in 1885–90. During its reconstruction visit the New Building on the opposite: Prague 1, Vinohradská 1. Open daily: 10 am–6 pm; first Wednesday of every month 10 am–8 pm. Admission: 200/140/340 CZK
(Václavské náměstí) Prague 1, New Town Shopping centre of Prague; at the top of the square is the statue of St. Wenceslas with four patrons of Bohemia (St. Prokop, St. Adalbert, St. Ludmila and St. Agnes) by Josef Václav Myslbek.
The National Theatre
New Town City Hall
Prague 1, Národní 2 Neo-Renaissance building of 1868 to 1881 built according to plans of J. Zítek. In 1881 the finished theatre burnt, and was reconstructed by architect Josef Schulz in 1883.
Prague 2, Karlovo náměstí 23 A complex of Gothic buildings from the turn of the 14th and the 15th centuries, reconstructed in the Renaissance style during the years 1520–1526. They include a tower with the Holy Virgin Chapel, two Gothic Halls and a Renaissance Hall. Here was the seat of the Administration Offices of the New Town of Prague from 1377 to 1784. The defenestration of Catholic city councellors by Prague Hussites occurred here on July 30, 1419. The Tower is open for tourists daily except Mondays from 10 am–6 pm (March, 23 – November), halls can be visited while exhibitions are held there. Admission (the Tower): 60/40/130 CZK
Prague 2, Vyšehradská 49 The Emmaus Monastery was founded by Charles IV in 1347 for Slavonic Benedictines with the Church of Our Lady and Slavonic patrons. At the end of World War II it was burnt by bombing. Two asymmetrical spires were finished in 1967. Open: ❶–❺ 11 am–2 pm (XI–III), ❶–❻ 11 am–5 pm (V–IX), ❶–❺ 11 am–5 pm (IV, X) Admission: 60/40/120 CZK
“Slavin”, the final resting-place of the most significant personalities of the Czech nation. Slavín was built between 1889 and 1893. Above the central memorial at Slavín is a sarcophagus with an allegorical winged statue the Genius Patriae. The motto of the Slavín cemetery is engraved above the name plates: Though dead, they still speak. To date, more than 600 personalities from the world of Czech culture and education are buried here. They include, for example, the composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, the painter Alfons Mucha, the opera singer Ema Destinnová, the writer Karel Čapek, the Nobel Prize winner Jaroslav Heyrovský and many others. The Slavín-Cemetery is open daily: 8 a.m.–6 p.m (III, IV, X), 8 a.m.–7 p.m. (V–IX), 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (XI–II)
Prague 2, V Pevnosti 159/5 On a rock over the River Vltava, this is the oldest seat of the Přemyslid princes. The most ancient building in Vyšehrad is the rotunda of St. Martin. In the vicinity of St. Peter and Paul’s Church is the residence of canons, casemates, a park, and a cemetery with the tombs of famous representatives of Czech culture (Slavín). From the southern part of the fortifications is a beautiful view of Prague. All objects are open daily: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. (IV–X); from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (XI–III). Admission: 120/90/200 CZK
Prague 2, Štulcova The Vyšehrad cemetery gained its current shape in 1869. It ranks among the most important Prague cemeteries. A cemetery stood in its place as early as 1260. Its importance grew with the founding of
SomeimportantdatesfromthehistoryofPrague 1918 Prague became the capital of the independent Czechoslovak Republic 1939–1945 Occupation by Nazi Germany 1948 First year of the Communist régime 1968 Prague Spring – attempt to create socialism with human face, military intervention of five member states of the Warsaw Pact 1989 Velvet Revolution, Václav Havel elected President 1990 Free elections January 1, 1993 After the split of the Federation, founding of the Czech Republic March 12, 1999 the Czech Republic joined NATO May 1, 2004 the Czech Republic joined the EU December 21, 2007 the Czech Republic joined the Schengen zone
after 870 Founding of Prague Castle 965–966 First written news of merchant Ibrahim Ibn Jacob about Prague 973 Founding of Prague Bishopric 1085 First Bohemian king – Prince Vratislav II after 1230 Founding of the Old Town quarter 1257 Founding of the Lesser Town quarter about 1320 Founding of the Hradčany quarter 1344 Prague Bishopric promoted to Archbishopric 1348 Charles IV founded first University in Central Europe 1419–1437 Hussite movement 1618–1620 Prague Defenestration and the Battle of White Mountain – first signals for the 30 years’ war 1883 Opening of the National Theatre
Estates Theatre (see p. 45) Image Black Light Theatre (see p. 49) Musical Theatre Karlin (see p. 45) Ta Fantastika Black Light Theatre (see p. 43) Prague Shakespeare Company
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Operetta, musical, opera, ballet Clasical black light theatre performance Plays by William Shakespeare (in english)
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Opera, drama Black light theatre, pantomime
Note – genre Opera, ballet, drama Opera, ballet The very first multimedia theatre in the world!
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MUNICIPAL HOUSE (Obecní dům) (Culture and Information Centre)
Quarter • Street/Square Telephone 1 • Národní 2 224 901 448 1 • Wilsonova 4 (under reconstruction) 1 • Národní 4 224 901 417 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.novascena.cz, www.laterna.cz 1 • Železná 24 224 901 448 222 314 448 e-mail: email@example.com; www.imagetheatre.cz 8 • Křižíkova 10 221 868 666; www.hdk.cz 1 • Karlova 8 222 221 366 (sales on line: www.tafantastika.cz) 1 • Ovocný trh (Kolowrat Theatre), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarter • Street/Square 1 • Old-Town Hall 6 • Václav Havel Airport Prague Terminal 1, Terminal 2 1 • Visitor Centre Na Můstku, Rytířská 12 1 • Alšovo nábřeží 12 www.ceskafilharmonie.cz
Jan Hasenöhrl – trumpet; Vít Pospíšil – keyboard
JAN HASENÖHRL & FORMER BEGINNERS / JAZZ ON SCREEN
Christian Lindberg – conductor, trombone Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Carl Maria von Weber, Ferdinand David, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) 26 June, 9 pm The Loop Jazz Club, Občanská plovárna
A theatrical comedy about the life of Brian Jones, one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones 22 June, 7 pm Municipal House, Smetana Hall
Petr Nekoranec – tenor; Boris Prýgl – bass Marcello Rota – conductor Lenka Navrátilová – choirmaster Czech National Symphony Orchestra Kühn Mixed Choir 20 June, 7:30 pm Dejvice Theater
PIETRO MASCAGNI / MESSA DI GLORIA
19 June, 7 pm Municipal House, Smetana Hall
PRAGUE PROMS 2018
Bert Joris – trumpet Brussels Jazz Orchestra
BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA / SMOOTH SHAKE
Monica Mancini – vocal; Kryštof Marek – conductor Czech National Symphony Orchestra 3 July, 9 pm The Loop Jazz Club – Hybernia Theater
MONICA MANCINI AT THE MOVIES
Chris Brubeck – trombone & bass guitar Dan Brubeck – drums; Mike DeMicco – guitar Chuck Lamb – piano 1 July, 7 pm Municipal House, Smetana Hall
BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET
Xavier Baumaxa – vocal, guitar Matěj Benko – piano; Rasťo Uhrík – double bass Ondřej Pomajsl – drums 30 June, 9 pm The Loop Jazz Club – Hybernia Theater
XAVIER BAUMAXA & JAZZ PUNK TRIO
Lukáš Chejn – guitar; Tomáš Uhlík – bass guitar Ondřej Pomajsl – drums (Miles Davis, Branford Marsalis & Terence Blanchard and others) 27 June, 8 pm Mercedes Forum Prague
Thomas Gansch – “Ganschhorn” trumpet Robert Rother – trumpet; Roman Rindberger – trumpet; Leonhard Paul – trombone, bass trumpet; Gerhard Füßl – trombone; Zoltan Kiss – trombone; Wilfried Brandstötter – tuba
MNOZIL BRASS / CIRQUE
Kurt Elling – vocal; Marquis Hill – trumpet Clark Sommers – double bass; John McLean – guitar; Stu Mindeman – piano and organ Adonis Rose – drums 9 July, 7 pm Municipal House, Smetana Hall
KURT ELLING AND SPECIAL GUEST, MARQUIS HILL
Carl Davis – conductor Lenka Navrátilová – choirmaster Czech National Symphony Orchestra Kühn Mixed Choir
HOLLYWOOD NIGHT VOL. 21
Ennio Morricone – composer, conductor Lenka Navrátilová – choirmaster Czech National Symphony Orchestra Kühn Mixed Choir 19 July, 7 pm Municipal House, Smetana Hall
ENNIO MORRICONE / MUSICA ASSOLUTA
Concert of the young Czech virtuosos 15 July, 7 pm Municipal House, Smetana Hall
Chick Corea – piano; John Patitucci – double bass Dave Weckl – drums; Steven Mercurio – conductor Czech National Symphony Orchestra 12 July, 7 pm Lichtenstein Palace, Martinů Hall
THE CHICK COREA AKOUSTIC BAND AND THE CZECH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
VÁCLAV JUNEK 90 / TO THE PROFESSOR WITH LOVE Trumpets – Vladimír Rejlek, Jan Hykrda, Jan Burian, Miroslav Kejmar, Jan Hasenöhrl, and other pupils of Professor Václav Junek French Horns – Jan Vítek, Martin Sokol; Trombones – Karel Kohout, Petr Fríd; (Giuseppe Torelli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Giovanni Gabrielli, Leoš Janáček) 7 July, 9 pm The Loop Jazz Club – Hybernia Theater
11 July, 7 pm Municipal House, Smetana Hall
see page 14–15
6 July, 7 pm St. Barbara Cathedral, Kutná Hora
Name Quarter • Street/Square Telephone Admission (CZK) Open ▼ NAT ION AL MU SEU M – Permanent Exh ibitio n – www .n m.cz Natural History Museum 1 • Vinohradská 1 224 497 111, 224 497 430 180 ❶–❼ 10 am–6 pm (During the reconstruction visit New Building) (The short-term exhibition only) First Wednesday of every month 10 am–8 pm Ethnographic Museum – Musaion 5 • Letohrádek Kinských 257 214 806 70 ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm Kinského zahrada 98 Lapidárium – Stone and sculpture monuments 7 • Výstaviště, pavilion 422 702 013 372, 724 412 257 50/30/80 ❸ 10 am–4 pm (V–XI) in the Czech lands, 11 till 19 century (Prague Exhibition Grounds) ❹–❼ noon–6 pm (V–XI) The Czech Museum of Music 1 • Karmelitská 2/4 224 497 707, 224 497 737 120 ❶❸–❼ 10 am–6 pm Permanent exhibition: Man/Instrument/Music e-mail: email@example.com; www.nm.cz Antonín Dvořák Museum 2 • Ke Karlovu 20 224 918 013 50 ❷–❼ 10 am–1.30 pm, 2 pm–5 pm (The Amerika baroque summerhouse) The Life and Work of Czech Composer Antonín Dvořák – permanent exhibition Bedřich Smetana Museum 1 • Novotného lávka 1 222 220 082, 221 082 288 50 ❶❸–❼ 10 am–5 pm The Life and Work of Czech Composer Bedřich Smetana – permanent exhibition Náprstek Museum 1 • Betlémské nám. 1 224 497 500 100 ❷❹–❼ 10 am–6 pm ❸ 9 am–6 pm (Asian, African and American cultures) ▼ TH E CIT Y OF PR AGUE MUSEUM 8 • Na Poříčí 52 224 816 772-3 ❷–❼ 9 am–6 pm (see p. 8 – Prague Towers) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.muzeumprahy.cz 150 (Every last Wednesday of the month 9 am–8 pm) Permanent exhibition: The history of Prague and its people from ancient times until 1784 • Langweil’s Model of Prague made from paper 1826–1837, area 20 m Villa Müller (designed by Adolf Loos) 6 • Nad Hradním vodojemem 14 224 312 012 300 ❷❹+❻❼ (by previous agreement only 10 am, e-mail: email@example.com; www.muzeumprahy.cz noon–2 pm, 4 pm) (XI–III) 9 am, 11 am, 13 pm, 15 pm, 17 pm (IV–X) Villa Rothmayer (designed by Otto Rothmayer) 6 • U Páté baterie 50 224 312 012 180 ❷❹❻❼ (by previous agreement only 10 am, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org noon, 2 pm, 4 pm Ctěnice Castle 9 • Bohdanečská 1 286 001 366 100 ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm e-mail: email@example.com Exhibitions: ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm (IV–X) ❷–❺ 10 am–4 pm (XI–III) ❻❼ 10 am–6 pm (XI–III) Customs House at Výtoň 2 • Rašínovo nábřeží 412 224 919 833 60 ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm
Karlova 8, Prague 1 firstname.lastname@example.org On LINE SALES: www.tafantastika.cz
“Aspects of Alice” is a classical Black Light Theatre performance based on motifs of “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Audiences in more than 30 countries on three continents have admired this theatrical performance for its imaginativeness, poetics, and perfect technical tricks. With a help of your imagination, Alice will go through all the beautiful and sweet moments of maturing, first loves, awakening adultery, knowledge of life, laughs, tears, joy, and sorrow. All of it takes place against the background of ancient Prague, its architectural jewels, its rich history, and Prague as a crossroads of Christian and Jewish cultures. Large-screen projections, animated film, puppets, unique on-stage tricks, black theatre effects, beautiful contemporary and classical music, and your imagination unite in a breathtaking show unseen in any other theatre.
Daily at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
BLACK LIGHT THEATRE
Name Congress Centre Prague Forum Karlín Lichtenstein Palace, Martinů Hall Lucerna Palace Mirror Chapel of Clementinum
Name ▼ TH E CIT Y OF PR AGUE MUSEUM House at the Golden Ring (see p. 10) New Mill Water Tower (see p. 9) Czech Police Museum Franz Kafka Museum Choco-Story – The Chocolate Museum (see p. 25, 26) Lobkowicz Palace Museum (arts collections of the Lobkowicz family) Museum of Decorative Arts National Museum of Agriculture National Technical Museum The Aviation Museum Kbely The Army Museum Prague Žižkov The Military Technical Museum Lešany The Jewish Museum – reservation centre The Old Wastewater Treatment Plant Museum (the site of old wastewater treatment plant) The Prague Towers Museum (Jindřišská věž – Henry’s Tower)
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Quarter • Street/Square 4 • 5. května 65 8 • Pernerova 51 1 • Malostranské nám. 13 1 • Štěpánská 61 1 • Karlova 1
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❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm ❷–❼ 9 am–5 pm ❷–❺ 9 am–5:30 pm ❻❼ 10 am–6 pm ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm (V–X) ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm ❻❼ 9:30 am–5:30 pm (VI+IX) ❷–❼ 9:30 am–5:30 pm (VII+VIII) ❶–❺,❼ 9 am–4:30 pm (I–III, XI, XII), 9 am–6 pm (IV–X) the sightseeing tours start at: ❶–❺ 11 am–2 pm ❻❼ 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm ❶–❼ 10 am–7 pm
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Municipal House-Smetana Hall (Obecní dům) O2 Arena Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall – Czech Philharmonic St. Simon and St. Juda Church Spanish Hall Žofín Palace
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1 2 SATURDAY 5 TUESDAY 6 WEDNESDAY 7 THURSDAY 8 FRIDAY 9 SATURDAY
Opera 19:00 Opera G. Puccini – TURANDOT
19:00 Opera A. Dvořák – RUSALKA 19:00 Opera J. Massenet – WERTHER 11:00 Opera OPERA IS FUN! 19:00 G. Verdi Opera UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
19:00 G. Bizet – CARMEN
19:00 2. premiere Opera J. Massenet – WERTHER 17:00 R. Wagner Opera LOHENGRIN
19:00 1. premiere Opera J. Massenet – WERTHER
19:00 B. Smetana Opera THE BARTERED BRIDE 19:00 Opera V. Bellini – NORMA 19:00 Opera G. Verdi – LA TRAVIATA
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO 19:00 Ballet GALA PERFORMANCE 2018
19:00 Special Event VIDEOWALK “PLAY MAETERLINCK” – an interactive program
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
19:00 G. Donizetti VIVA LA MAMMA
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
NATIONAL THEATRE KARLÍN MUSIC THEATRE THEATRE OF ESTATES Národní tř. 2, Prague 1 Křižíkova 10, Prague 8 Ovocný trh 1, Prague 1 DATE www.narodni-divadlo.cz www.hdk.cz www.stavovskedivadlo.cz
1 2 MONDAY 3 TUESDAY 12 THURSDAY 13 FRIDAY SUNDAY
19:00 Ballet ABSOLVENT CONCERT 19:00 Ballet ABSOLVENT CONCERT
KARLÍN MUSIC THEATRE THEATRE OF ESTATES
19:00 F. Ashton Ballet THE WAYWARD DAUGHTER 19:00 Opera G. Verdi – NABUCCO
19:00 Opera G. Verdi – NABUCCO
19:30 Concert CLASSICAL MOVEMENTS 19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
19:00 Ch. Gounod Opera ROMÉO ET JULIETTE 19:00 Ballet 19:00 Opera 14:00, 19:00 Ballet THE WAY NT Preparatory Ballet School P. Zuska – TREMBLE G. Puccini – TURANDOT 15:30, 19:00 Ballet THE WAY NT Preparatory Ballet School 19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera DON GIOVANNI 20:00 Ballet 19:00 1. premiere Opera 19:00 Ballet P. Zuska – TREMBLE G. Verdi – NABUCCO DANCE YOUTH 20:00 Ballet 19:00 2. premiere Opera P. Zuska – TREMBLE G. Verdi – NABUCCO 19:00 F. Ashton Ballet 19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera THE WAYWARD DAUGHTER DON GIOVANNI
19:00 Opera J. Massenet – WERTHER
19:00 Opera G. Verdi – TOSCA 19:00 Opera G. Verdi – LA TRAVIATA
17 SUNDAY 19 TUESDAY 20 WEDNESDAY 21 THURSDAY 23 SATURDAY 24 SUNDAY 25 MONDAY 27 WEDNESDAY 28 THURSDAY 29 FRIDAY 30 SATURDAY
DATE NATIONAL THEATRE
PRAGUECULTURALEVENTSPROGRAMMEJUNE – OCTOBER2018
10 17 FRIDAY 24 FRIDAY 30 THURSDAY
11 18 SATURDAY 25 SATURDAY 31 FRIDAY
2 7 FRIDAY 8 SATURDAY 9 SUNDAY 10 MONDAY 12 WEDNESDAY 13 THURSDAY 14 FRIDAY 15 SATURDAY 16 SUNDAY 18 TUESDAY
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19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
19:00 Opera Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart DON GIOVANNI
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO 19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
KARLÍN MUSIC THEATRE THEATRE OF ESTATES
19:00 Ch. Gounod Opera ROMÉO ET JULIETTE 19:00 Opera G. Verdi – NABUCCO 19:00 1. premiere Opera 19:00 Opera B. Smetana – LIBUŠE G. Verdi – LA TRAVIATA 19:00 Opera 19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera G. Verdi – NABUCCO LE NOZZE DI FIGARO 19:00 2. premiere Opera B. Smetana – LIBUŠE 19:00 Ballet P. Zuska – TREMBLE
19:00 Opera A. Dvořák – RUSALKA 14:00 F. Ashton Ballet THE WAYWARD DAUGHTER 19:00 G. Puccini Opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY
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DATE NATIONAL THEATRE
19:00 Opera B. Smetana – LIBUŠE 19:00 Opera J. Massenet – WERTHER
19:00 Opera G. Verdi – LA TRAVIATA
19:00 Opera J. Massenet – WERTHER 19:00 Concert CELEBRATION CONCERT for the 100 th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic
7 9 TUESDAY 10 WEDNESDAY 11 THURSDAY
2 3 WEDNESDAY
19:00 Opera A. Dvořák – RUSALKA 11:00 A. Dvořák Opera THE DEVIL AND KATE 19:00 B. Smetana Opera THE BARTERED BRIDE 19:00 Opera G. Puccini – TOSCA 19:00 Opera G. Verdi – LA TRAVIATA 19:00 B. Smetana Opera THE BARTERED BRIDE 19:00 1. premiere Ballet KYLIÁN
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DATE NATIONAL THEATRE
19:00 Opera L. van Beethoven – FIDELIO
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
19:00 1. premiere Opera L. van Beethoven – FIDELIO 19:00 2. premiere Opera L. van Beethoven – FIDELIO
KARLÍN MUSIC THEATRE THEATRE OF ESTATES
12 FRIDAY 13 SATURDAY 14 SUNDAY 15 MONDAY 16 TUESDAY 17 WEDNESDAY 18 THURSDAY 19 FRIDAY 20 SATURDAY 21 SUNDAY 22 MONDAY 23 TUESDAY 24 WEDNESDAY 25 THURSDAY 27 SATURDAY 28 SUNDAY 29 MONDAY 30 TUESDAY 31 WEDNESDAY
19:00 G. Donizzeti VIVA LA MAMMA
17:00 Opera L. van Beethoven – FIDELIO 19:00 Opera 19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera A. Dvořák – RUSALKA DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE 19:00 Ch. Gounod Opera ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
19:00 Opera L. van Beethoven – FIDELIO
19:00 G. Donizzeti VIVA LA MAMMA
KARLÍN MUSIC THEATRE THEATRE OF ESTATES
19:00 Opera A. Dvořák – RUSALKA 19:00 Opera G. Bizet – CARMEN 20:00 Opera B. Smetana – LIBUŠE 19:00 G. Puccini Opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY 19:00 Opera 19:00 Opera G. Bizet – CARMEN G. Verdi – LA TRAVIATA 19:00 Opera 19:00 W. A. Mozart Opera G. Verdi – NABUCCO DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE 19:00 G. Puccini Opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY
19:00 KYLIÁN 19:00 KYLIÁN 19:00 L. Janáček – JENŮFA 14:00 KYLIÁN
19:00 2. premiere Ballet KYLIÁN 11:00 A. Dvořák Opera THE DEVIL AND KATE 14:00 Ballet KYLIÁN 19:00 Opera G. Puccini – TOSCA
DATE NATIONAL THEATRE
AFRIKANIA: 5, 6, 13, 14, 21, 22, 29, 30/8 • BLACK BOX: 4, 12, 20, 28/8 CABINET: 3, 11, 19, 27/8 • GALAXIA: 1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 24, 25/8 THE BEST OF IMAGE: 2, 7, 10, 15, 18, 23, 26, 31/8
AFRIKANIA: 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 29/7 • BLACK BOX: 3, 11, 19, 27/7 CABINET: 10, 18, 26/7 • GALAXIA: 7, 8, 15, 16, 23, 24, 31/7 THE BEST OF IMAGE: 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 22, 25, 30/7
CUBE: 1/9 EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGES OF JULES VERNE: 4, 5/9 HUMAN LOKOMOTION: 7, 8/9 • LITTLE PRINCE: 15, 25, 26/9 WONDERUL CIRCUS: 13, 14/9
CUBE: 31/8 WONDERFUL CIRCUS: 24, 25, 29, 30/8
WONDERUL CIRCUS: 5, 6, 7/7
Národní tř. 4, Prague 1, at 8 pm, www.laterna.cz
AS FAR AS I SEE: 3/6 (5 pm) COCKTAIL 012 –THE BEST OF: 1/6 CUBE: 27, 28/6 • HUMAN LOKOMOTION: 13/6 LITTLE PRINCE: 8, 9, 10/6 (2 pm + 5 pm) WONDERUL CIRCUS: 16 (5 pm + 8 pm), 29, 30/6
SEPTEMBER For the programme of September, please, go to: www.imagetheatre.cz
(see p. 49) Národní 25, Prague 1, at 8 pm, www.imagetheatre.cz
AFRIKANIA: 2, 3, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27/6 • BLACK BOX: 1, 9, 17, 25/6 CABINET: 8, 16, 24/6 • GALAXIA: 5, 6, 13, 14, 21, 22, 29, 30/6 THE BEST OF IMAGE: 4, 7, 12, 15, 20, 23, 26 (+ 6 pm), 28/6
BLACK LIGHT THEATRES
2 / 9, 5 pm, St. Agnes Convent
Mozart, Bartók, Dvořák
BOMSORI KIM violin, LUKÁŠ KLÁNSKÝ piano
14 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
Chopin, Prokofjev, Ysaÿe, Schumann, Saint-Saëns
SHARON KAM clarinet, ORI KAM viola, MATAN PORAT piano Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Bartók
13 / 9, 8 pm, St. Agnes Convent
ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS SHARON KAM clarinet
12 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
11 / 9, 8 pm, St. Agnes Convent
SHARON KAM clarinet, ISABELLE VAN KEULEN violin, ULRIKE-ANIMA MATHÉ violin VOLKER JACOBSEN viola, GUSTAV RIVINIUS violoncello Mozart, Reger, Brahms
10 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
CAMERATA SALZBURG DANIEL BLENDULF conductor, JANINE JANSEN violin
8 / 9, 7 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
OPENING CONCERT ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: THE SPECTRE’S BRIDE KATEŘINA KNĚŽÍKOVÁ soprano, RICHARD SAMEK tenor, SVATOPLUK SEM bass CZECH PHILHARMONIC, CZECH PHILHARMONIC CHOIR OF BRNO, JAKUB HRŮŠA conductor
7 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
CLASSIC PIANO JOKE(R)S
programme 15 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
Schubert – Liszt, Ravel, Musorgskij
CLOSING CONCERT STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN, SLOVAK PHILHARMONIK CHOIR MANFRED HONECK conductor, BERNARDA FINK mezzosoprano
21 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
Dvořák, Brahms (see page 16–17)
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: THE AMERICAN FLAG KRYSTIAN ZIMERMAN piano, VERONIKA HAJNOVÁ mezzosoprano, OLIVER JOHNSTON tenor SAMUEL DALE JOHNSON baritone, PRAGUE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, SLOVAK PHILHARMONIK CHOIR, ALEXANDER LIEBREICH conductor
20 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
VALENTINA LISITSA piano
19 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
CZECH PHILHARMONIC, CZECH PHILHARMONIC CHOIR OF BRNO PETR ALTRICHTER conductor, JEVGENIJ KISSIN piano
18 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
SHARON KAM clarinet, JOSEF ŠPAČEK violin, ROMAN PATOČKA violin, ORI KAM viola, PAVEL NIKL viola, MICHAL KAŇKA violoncello, PETR NOUZOVSKÝ violoncello, MATAN PORAT piano Schönberg, Messiaen
17 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: MASS IN D MAJOR PAVLA VYKOPALOVÁ soprano, MARKÉTA CUKROVÁ mezzosoprano, ALEŠ VORÁČEK tenor ROMAN HOZA baritone, ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT, CHOIR OF KING’S COLLEGE, STEPHEN CLEOBURY conductor
16 / 9, 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: SAINT LUDMILA KATEŘINA KNĚŽÍKOVÁ soprano, ALENA KROPÁČKOVÁ mezzosoprano, RICHARD SAMEK tenor JOZEF BENCI bass CZECH PHILHARMONIC, PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR, JAKUB HRŮŠA conductor
❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm
1 • Hradčanské náměstí 15
7 • Dukelských hrdinů 47
1 • Valdštejnská 3
Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní palác)
Wallenstein Riding School (Valdštejnská jízdárna)
❶–❼ 10 am–6 pm
❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm
❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm
1 • Hradčanské nám. 2
Schwarzenberg Palace (Schwarzenberský palác) Sternberg Palace (Šternberský palác)
❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm
❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm
1 • Hradčanské náměstí
1 • Staroměstské náměstí 12
Salm Palace (Salmovský palác)
Kinsky Palace (Palác Kinských)
Name Quarter • Street/Square Open Admission (CZK) ▼ NAT ION AL GAL L ER Y – P erman en t collections and Exhib itions – www.ngprague.cz Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia 1 • U Milosrdných 17 ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm 220/120 (Anežský klášter) All permanent exhibitions of the National Gallery – free admission for children, young people aged under 18 and students under 26
Galleries and Exhibitions
Permanent exhibition: European Art from the Classical Era to the Close of the Baroque Hynek Martinec: Voyage to Iceland – This series of paintings by Hynek Martinec illustrates the conceptually formulated puzzle based on a fictional story of an attempt in the first half of the 18 th century (27 April – 26 August 2018) Permanent exhibition: Art of the 19th, 20th and 21th Centuries Katharina Grosse: Wunderbild (16 February ’18 – 6 January ’19) The End of the Golden Times (24 April – 15 July 2018) (see p.18) Koudelka: De-creazione (22 March – 23 September 2018) František Kupka 1871–1957 – an retrospective exhibition (7 September 2018 – 20 January 2019) (see p.19)
Permanent exhibition: Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe For the Eyes to Admire – Decorative Techniques in Medieval Painting and Sculpture, 14 th –16 th Centuries (14 December 2017 – 26 August 2018) Richard Wientzek: Drawings – German artist Richard Wientzek portrays objects from daily life arranging them in still life compositions that tell a story (19 May – 19 August 2018) Antony Gormley: Sum (19 May – 14 October 2018) Permanent exhibition: Art of Asia Jiří Kolář: The Grimace of the Century (25 May – 2 September 2018) (see p. 18) Permanent exhibition: Art of the 19 th Century, from Neoclassicism to Romanticism Charta Story. The Story of Charter 77 (till 13 January 2019) Permanent exhibition: Baroque in Bohemia
Kampa Museum – Sova’s Mills www.museumkampa.cz
1 • U Sovových mlýnů 503/2
1 • Jiráskovo nám.
1 • Staroměstské nám. 13
The House at the Stone Bell (Dům U Kamenného zvonu)
▼ OT HE R GAL LE RIE S Dancing House Gallery www.galerietancicidum.cz
7 • U Trojského zámku 1
Troja Chateau (Trojský zámek)
❶–❼ 10 am–6 pm
❶–❼ 9 am–8 pm
❷–❼ 10 am–8 pm
❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm ❺ 1 pm–6 pm
Old Royal Palace 1 • Prague Castle ❶–❼ 9 am–5 pm (IV–X) (Starý Královský palác) 9 am–4 pm (XI–III) Imperial Stables 1 • Prague Castle ❶–❼ 10 am–6 pm (Císařská konírna) ▼ CIT Y GAL LE RY PRAG UE – h ttp ://ww w .citygalleryprague.cz Bílek Villa (Bílkova vila) 6 • Mickiewiczova 1 ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm (IV–X) ❺ 1 pm–6 pm ❸+❼ 10 am–6 pm (XI–III) House of Photography 1 • Revoluční 5 ❷–❼ 10 am–6 pm (Dům fotografie)
Name Quarter • Street/Square Open ▼ PRAG UE CAS TL E – E xhibitio n ha lls (see pages 22–23) – ww w.kulturanahrade.cz Prague Castle Riding School 1 • Prague Castle ❶–❼ 10 am–6 pm (Jízdárna Pražského hradu)
Retro Movies of the ’60s – ’90s – a unique films exhibition presenting more than 200 costumes, along with props, photographs, and sets (16 May – 15 October 2018) (see p. 11–13) Rudolf Němec (1936–2015) – The focal point of the exhibition will be Němec’s anthropometric paintings (June – September 2018) Cecil Beaton – Photographer of Queens – One of the most famous British photographers of the 20 th century. He documented the life of the British Royal Family (June – October 2018)
Permanent exhibition: The interior of the villa and works by F. Bílek, an Art Nouveau symbolist Exhibition: Early Sketches Josef Sudek: Topography of Ruins – The exhibition presents yet unexhibited set of photographs by Josef Sudek (1896–1976), who in 1945 photographed Prague’s monuments damaged during the Second World War (22 May – 19 August 2018) Vladimír Škoda: Harmonices Mundi / Johannes Keller – Czech sculptor works with abstract forms mainly inspired by celestial objects (28 March – 4 November 2018) Santiago Calatrava: Art and Architecture – The architect, sculptor and painter introduces his free art and his architectural models (7 June – 16 September 2018)
Stories of Statehood – all three Prague Castle exhibitions are dedicated to the 100 th anniversary of the founding of the independent Czechoslovak Republic (10 May – 31 October 2018) (see p. 3, 23) The Theresian Wing of the Old Royal Palace The Prague Castle Guard (28 June – 31 October) (see p. 3, 23) The Labyrinthine History of the Czech Lands (27 February – 1 July 2018)
7 – 29 July 2018
4 – 7 July 2018
4 July 2018
22 – 25 June 2018
19 June – 19 July 2018
14 June – 7 July 2018
14 – 16 June 2018
13 June 2018
1 – 27 June 2018
Term In progress until 17 June 2018
Name Brno – the city in the centre of Europe, Ignis Brunensis A festival of fun at the feet of the Špilberk and Veveří castles with a fireworks competition www.ignisbrunensis.cz Concentus Moraviae – the 23 rd edition of this international musical festival; concerts of classical, Baroque, and Renaissance music, jazz, and folklore in 20 Moravian cities. Theme: Music and Humor. Tickets at: www.ticketportal.cz; www.concentus-moraviae.cz Ostrava Golden Spike – the 57 th edition of the IAAF World Challenge athletics meeting, this year with stars such as the runner Oscar Husillos, Tomas Walsh and Ryan Crouser in shot put, Luvo Manyonga and Juan Miguel Echevarria in long jump, and others. Tickets at: www.ticketart.cz The Czechoslovak 1000 Miles – a ride of vintage cars commemorating the famous road automobile race from Prague to Bratislava and back, organized in 1933 through 1935. Historical automobiles will follow the same, 1.600 km long, route. Organized by the Veteran Car Club Prague Smetana’s Litomyšl 2018 – the 60 th edition of this international operatic festival honoring Bedřich Smetana, one of the most significant Czech composers (1824–1884) www.smetanovalitomysl.cz Prague Proms 2018 – the 14 th edition of this international music festival; music of many genres featuring international stars (see p. 14–15, 41) Tickets at: www.pragueproms.cz United Islands of Prague 2018 – the 15 th edition of the biggest multi-genre festival in Prague, on open-air stages (pop, rock, drum and bass, electronic music, world music, jazz) www.unitedislands.cz Rolling Stones in Prague – a concert in the No Filter Tour Tickets at: www.ticketpro.cz Rock for People 2018 – 24 th edition of this music festival of rock, pop, and electronic music Tickets: www.rockforpeople.cz Olomouc Baroque Festival – the 6 th edition of summer nights with Baroque opera in the historical settings of the ancient city of Olomouc. www.baroko.olomouc.eu; www.tourism.olomouc.eu Central Moravia, Olomouc, the Jesuit Convent (see p. 7)
East Bohemia, Festivalpark Airfield near Hradec Králové
Prague, Smetana Hall at Municipal House, Liechtenstein Palace, the Loop Jazz Club and Kutná Hora St. Barbara’s Cathedral Prague, the parks, the banks of Vltava, Prague’s music clubs (Futurum, Rock Café, Jamm Club, Jazz Dock) Prague, Letňany Airfield
Prague – Bratislava (Slovakia) – Prague Start at the Czech Republic Autoclub, Prague 1; Finish at the National Technical Museum, Kostelní 42, Prague 7 East Bohemia, the Litomyšl chateau complex (see p. 6)
North Moravia, Ostrava, Vítkovice Municipal Stadium
Churches, synagogues, and chateaux in cities of the South Moravia and Vysočina Regions
Place South-Moravian Region, Brno
CULTURALANDSPORTSEVENTSINPRAGUEANDOTHERCZECHCITIESJUNE – SEPTEMBER2018
Karlova 8, Praha 1 (see p. 43)
Image (Black Light Theatre) Betlémská 5 Praha 1 (see p. 49)
▼ Hotels Hilton Prague
Hilton Prague Old Town V Celnici 7, Praha 1
▼ Restaurant Boat Brewery (Loď Pivovar) Dvořákovo nábřeží, Praha 1 under Štefánik Bridge www.pivolod.cz
(see p. 8)
Tourist Information Centres
Pobřežní 1, Praha 8 www.hiltonprague.cz
❶ ❷ ❸
▼ Museums and Exhibitions
Choco-Story Chocolate Museum
Celetná 10, Praha 1 (see p. 25, 26)
Viva Praha Celetná 10, Praha 1 (see p. 27)
Museum of Decorative Arts
17. listopadu 2, Praha 1
Lesser Town Bridge Tower Charles Bridge, Praha 1 – Lesser Town Old Town Bridge Tower Charles Bridge, Praha 1 – Old Town Powder Tower Náměstí Republiky 5 Praha 1 – Old Town Town Belfry by St. Nicolas’ Church Malostranské náměstí 556/29 Praha 1 – Malá Strana Petřín Observation Tower Petřín Hill park, Praha 1 Petřín Mirror Maze Petřín Hill park, Praha 1
Tram terminal (every other train only)
In operation in peak hours on workdays only
In operation on workdays only, 6 am–8 pm
Public transport buses (Airport)
The Petřín hill funicular railway Park and Ride car – parks
Emergency call 112 Emergency medical aid 155 Police 158 Fire Brigade 150 Municipal Police 156
Road Breakdown Service 1230 Prague Ruzyně airport information – 220 111 888 Information on trains 221 111 122
Post Office – open 2 a.m.–midnight Prague 1, Jindřišská 14 Call Centrum 840 111 244
THE MOST IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Unforgettable views of Prague offer the following spots: Smetanovo nábřeží – Novotného lávka • Tower of the Old-Town Hall • Powder Tower • Old-Town and Lesser-Town Bridge Towers • Tower of St Vitus’ Cathedral • Ramp at Hradčany square • Petřín Observation Tower • Letenský park by Hanavský pavillion • Žižkov TV Tower in Mahler park • Vyšehrad • St. Nicholas Church Bell Tower
Area: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 496 km2 Population: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 294 513 (31. 12. 2017) Situation: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50°05'19" latitude N • 14°25'17" longitude E 235 m (average) height above sea level The very beginning of history: . . . . . . . . . . . 9th century – foundation of Prague Castle Historical parts: . . . . . . . Old Town, New Town, Vyšehrad, Hradčany and Lesser Town Administrative division: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 administrative areas, 57 city quarters operated by municipal authorities Vltava River: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in Prague territory 30 km, the widest 330 m, 9 islands, 18 bridges Number of spires: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . about 500 Parks and gardens: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 870 ha
10x BRIEFLY ABOUT PRAGUE
8 – 16 September 2018
8 September 2018
7 – 9 September 2018
1 – 2 September 2018
Barrier-free access/with a lift
15 August – 2 September 2018
8 – 11 August 2018
3 – 5 August 2018
28 July 2018
The Petřín hill funicular railway
20 July – 11 August 2018
Tram terminal (peak hours on work days only) Taxi round-the-clock service 140 14, 222 333 222 222 111 000, 257 257 257 Emergency dental service Prague 1, Spálená 12, 222 924 268
Lost property Prague 1, Karoliny Světlé 5 224 235 085
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Castles, chateaux, and other landmarks in all regions throughout the Czech Republic
Prague, náměstí Republiky
South Moravia, Mikulov
East Bohemia, the Hradec Králové airfield
East Bohemia, Jaroměř, the Josefov former military fortress Prague 7-Letná, Letná Gardens
South-Moravian Region, Brno, Masaryk race track (see p. 7)
East Bohemia, the Baroque Kuks Complex
South Bohemia, Český Krumlov
North Moravia, Ostrava, industrial complex Dolní Vítkovice
Place Historical center of Prague and Holešovice Fairgrounds in Prague 7
VÁCLAV HAVEL AIRPORT PRAGUE (LETIŠTĚ VÁCLAVA HAVLA PRAHA)
16 – 21 July 2018
2 5 am–9 pm
1 Václav Havel Airport Prague (Terminal 1 and 2) • stop Náměstí Republiky (underground line B) Masarykovo nádraží (Masaryk Railway Station) (underground line B) stop Hlavní nádraží (Main Railway Station) (underground line C) •
Name Behind the Door – the 10 th edition of this Prague street theater festival. Actors, marionettes, acrobats, illusionists, and dancers from both domestic and foreign ensembles present their skills outdoors to locals and tourists. www.zadvermi.cz Colours of Ostrava – a multi-genre festival, one of the biggest summer festivals in the Czech Republic including world stars, films, theatrical performances, and workshops in the unique environment of former mines and foundries. Tickets at: www.colours.cz; www.ticketpro.cz Český Krumlov International Music Festival – the 27 th edition of this music festival featuring stars such as Piotr Beczała (tenor), Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano), Javier Perianes (piano), Mee-Hae Ryo (violoncello), and other artists, along with chamber and symphonic orchestras. Visitors will also see Broadway musical stars, a unique Baroque theater, and experience a night of swing in the Las Vegas style. Tickets at: www.ticketstream.cz; www.festivalkrumlov.cz Night Run through the Kuks Complex – a 10 km long race passing the recently reconstructed former hospital, leading to the famous “Betlehem”, a nativity carved in sandstone rock by sculptor Matyáš Bernard Braun between 1718 and 1732. www.hospital-kuks.cz Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018 – a motorcycle world championship, a prestigious event attended every year by 250,000 visitors, organized ever since 1965 Tickets at: www.automotodrombrno.cz Brutal Assault – the 23 rd edition of one of the greatest metal music festivals Tickets at: www.ticketpro.cz Summer Letná – the 15 th edition of this international new circus and theater festival. Cirque Inextermiste (France), Baro d’Evel Cirk Cie (France), and many more best domestic and foreign ensembles. Tickets at: www.letniletna.cz CIAF – Czech International Air Fest – an overview of military and civil airplanes and helicopters from many countries all over the world for aviation enthusiasts Pálava Vintage – an annual festival celebrating the harvest and production of wine in Mikulov with folklore costumes and dulcimer bands. www.mikulov.cz; www.palavske-vinobrani.cz Birell Grand Prix Praha 2018 – the 23 rd edition of the night race through Prague for both the best world racers and amateur runners – women (5 km), men and women (10 km) and teams, for up to 11.000 runners. The race was awarded the Golden Seal by IAFF. www.runczech.com EHD – European Heritage Days – an annual chance to visit landmarks otherwise closed to the public www.historickasidla.cz
Airport Express (bus)
• • • •
Term 16 – 20 July 2018
6:30 am–10 pm
Subway and Tram Routes Scheme
Reduta Jazz Club (founded in 1958) Rock Café (music club) Roxy (music club) Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club Vagon Music Pub & Club
1 • Dlouhá 33 1 • Týnská ulička 2 1 • Národní 25
1 • Národní 20
1 • Národní 20
Double Trouble 1 • Melantrichova 17 (Show music bar) Duplex (dine & dance) 1 • Václavské nám. 21 Futurum Music Bar 5 • Zborovská 7 Charles Bridge Jazz 1 • Saská 3 and Blues Club (music club, live music) Jazz Dock 5 • Janáčkovo nábř. 2 (jazz and blues, bar and café) Jazz Club U Staré paní 1 • Michalská 9 Karlovy Lázně 1 • Novotného lávka 13 (music café, discotheque) Klub Lávka 1 • Novotného lávka 1 (music club, restaurant) Lucerna Music Bar 1 • Vodičkova 36
Open – days, hours ❶–❼ modern jazz 9 pm–1 am; bar (7 pm–1 am) ❶–❼ 11 am–1 am Live music (every day 8 pm–11 pm) ❼–❹ 8 pm–4 am ❺❻ 8 pm–5 am ❸–❻ 10 pm–3 am ❶–❼ 8 pm–1 am ❶–❼ 8 pm–midnight
221 082 278 ❶–❼ 9 am–7 am 773 990 009 224 217 108 ❶–❼ 8 pm–3 am every ❺❻ pop music ’80 and ’90 224 933 487 ❶–❼ 7 pm–1 am Live concert every day 775 207 205 ❶–❹ noon–3 am ❺ noon–4 am ❻ 5 pm–4 am ❼ 5 pm–1 am 608 060 745 ❶–❼ programme from 8 pm 281 869 438 ❶–❼ 8 pm–1 am 733 737 301 ❶–❻ 7 pm–5 am ❼ 7 pm–1 am
774 058 838 ❶–❹ 3 pm–4 am ❺❻ 1 pm–4 am ❼ 1 pm–2 am 724 900 564 ❶–❼ 7 pm–2 am 222 220 502 ❶–❼ 9 pm–5 am
732 221 111 257 328 571 602 208 811
734 767 938
Name Quarter • Street/Square Telephone Agharta (Jazz club) 1 • Železná 16 222 211 275 (see p. 61) e-mail: email@example.com; www.agharta.cz Bílý koníček 1 • Staroměstské n. 20 221 421 160 (Jazz club, Restaurant)
JUST 99 METRES FROM THE OLDTOWN SQUARE
MAKE A STOP HERE FOR A PERFECT JAZZ NIGHT OUT
LIVE MUSIC DAILY FROM 9 P.M. • jazz club & bar daily 7 p.m.–1 a.m.
When visiting Prague, make sure you experience: the ultimate atmosphere of a historic basement dating back to the 14th century affordable prices for beverages, including Original AghaRTA mixed drinks world famous Pilsner Urquell Lager beer on tap a CD store with a complete collection of Czech jazz artists and a wide selection of international recordings AghaRTA T-shirts designed by Jiří Votruba a first-rate local jazz band show
THE MOST POPULAR JAZZ VENUE IN DOWNTOWN PRAGUE
Prague City Tourism 221 714 714 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 221 714 714 www.prague.eu (see p. 5) Prague Passenger Shipping 224 930 017 (Pražská paroplavební společnost) (Steamer landing-place between Palacký and Železniční bridge); e-mail: email@example.com
Day of the Re-establishment of the Independent Czech State 19–22/4 2019 Easter 1 May Labour Day 8 May Liberation Day (1945) 5 July The Slavic Missionaries Saints Constantine and Methodius Day 6 July Day of the Burning of Master John Hus at the Stake (1415)
28 September Day of the Czech Statehood 28 October Day of the Establishment of the Independent Czechoslovakia 17 November Day of the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy 24 December Christmas Eve 25 December Christmas 26 December Christmas
Telephone 221 447 202
Name ČEDOK TRAVEL AGENCY
Quarter • Street/Square 1 • Na Příkopě 18 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cedok.cz 1 • Staroměstské nám. 1 1 • Visitor Centre Na Můstku, Rytířská 12 2 • Rašínovo nábřeží
Public Holidays in the Czech Republic
❶–❺ 8:30 a.m.–noon, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. ❶–❺ 9 a.m.–6 p.m. ❻❼ 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
❶–❼ 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ❶–❼ 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
❶–❼ 8 a.m.–8 p.m. ❶–❼ 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Open IV–X ❶–❼ 9 a.m.–7 p.m. ❶–❼ 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Prague Sight-seeing Tours • Excursions
Quarter • Street/Square • Telephone • Fax Open XI–III 1 • Staroměstské nám. 1, (Old-Town Hall) ❶–❼ 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 1 • Visitor Centre, Na Můstku, Rytířská 12 ❶–❼ 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Exchange Office, Wi-Fi 6 • Václav Havel Airport Prague, Terminal 1, Terminal 2 ❶–❼ 8 a.m.–8 p.m. 1 • Václavské náměstí (on the corner of Štěpánská st.) ❶–❼ 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tourist services and information of Prague and the Czech Republic, Prague Card – four days ticket for more than 50 monuments, etc. Information Centres of Prague Castle 1 • 3rd Courtyard • 224 372 435 • 224 373 368 ❶–❼ 9 a.m.–4 p.m. ❶–❼ 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (see p. 22–23) 1 • 2nd Courtyard • 224 372 423, 419 Service of guides for all the Prague Castle monuments e-mail: email@example.com; www.kulturanahrade.cz CzechTourism 2 • Vinohradská 46 • 221 580 611-2 ❶–❺ 8:30 a.m.–noon, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. 1 • Old-Town Square 5 • 224 861 476 • 224 861 587 ❶–❺ 9 a.m.–6 p.m. ❻❼ 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www.czechtourism.com Information of the Czech Republic www.czechtourism.com
Name Prague City Tourism www.prague.eu, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel.: +420 221 714 714 (see p. 5)
Tourist Information Centres • Guides
☎ 112 ☎ 155
Quarter • Street/Square ☎ Ambulance Meditrans International transport of injured and ill persones by ambulance and air plane – 4 • Modřanská 307/98 nonstop 124 12; 244 471 072 PHARMACY WITH EMERGENCY SERVICE 1 • Palackého 5 – open: nonstop 224 946 982 2 • Belgická 37 – open: nonstop 222 513 396 Pharmacy – Hospital Thomayerova 4 • Vídeňská 800 (Krč) – open: nonstop 261 084 019 Pharmacy – Hospital Motol 5 • V Úvalu 84/1 – open: Mo–Fri 8 am–4 pm (the blue building), nonstop (the building of directorate) 224 435 714, 224 435 736 Pharmacy Dr. Max 6 • Vítězné náměstí 13 – open: Mo–Fri 8 am–8 pm, Sa 8 am–7 pm, Su 9 am–7 pm, then emergency service 224 325 520 Pharmacy BENU 7 • Františka Křížka 22 – open: Mo–Fri 8 am–7 pm, Sa 8 am–1 pm, then emergency service till 8 am 731 638 010 Královské Vinohrady Hospital Pharmacy 10 • Vinohrady, Šrobárova 50 – open: Mo–Fri 7:30 am–6 pm, Sa–Su 7:30 am–noon., 00:30 pm–4 pm 267 162 823 EMERGENCY 1 • Spálená 12 (New Town) – open: Mo–Fri 7 pm–6 pm, Sa–Su 4 pm–6 am 222 924 295 4 • Vídeňská 800 (Hospital Thomayerova) – open: Mo–Fri 7 pm–6:30 am, Sa–Su nonstop 261 082 520 5 • V Úvalu 84/1 (Hospital Motol) – open: Mo–Fri 7 pm–7 am, Sa–Su nonstop 224 438 590 6 • U Vojenské nemocnice 1200 (Hospital Vojenská), building CH 2 – open: Mo–Fri 7 pm–7am, Sa–Su 7 am–7 pm (next day) 973 203 571 8 • Budínova 2 (Hospital Bulovka) – open: Mo–Fri 7 pm–7am, Sa–Su nonstop 266 083 301 10 • Šrobárova 50 (Hospital Vinohradská – Pavillon S) – open: nonstop 267 163 778 STOMATOLOGICAL EMERGENCY 1 • Spálená 12 – open: Mo–Fri 7 pm–6 am, Sa–Su nonstop 222 924 268
Emergency call First aid service
The medical treatment or any other medical care for foreigners is executed at the respective health centres nearest to the hotel or the place of accommodation. The treatment is done under contract prices in CZK. Patients to receive receipts for insurance companies in their own countries.
Tram No: 3, 9, 14, 24 – Václavské náměstí Metro – Line A, B – Můstek stop Line C – Muzeum stop
All Major Credit Cards Accepted
www.doctor-prague.cz e-mail: email@example.com
3rd schodiště (entrance), 2nd floor
Vodičkova 28, Prague 1
24 HRS SERVICE 603 433 833
“Home Care Abroad”
All Branches of Medicine
HEALTH CENTRE PRAGUE
English and Other Languages Western Standard Medical Assistance
64 all international trains (train and seat reservation tickets abroad, berths, sleeping wagons)
Holešovice Railway Station (Underground line C) – 7 • Partyzánská
Smíchov Railway Station (Underground line B) – 5 • Nádražní
Masaryk Railway Station (Underground line B) – 1 • Hybernská
Information about train connections (in english, germain and russian) ☎ 221 111 122 (non-stop)
Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží) (Underground line C) 2 • Wilsonova 80
The maximum prices for taxi services in the district of the capital city of Prague: Fare for 1 km . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 CZK Basic fee for one ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 CZK Waiting time for 1 minute . . . . . . . . . . 6 CZK Taxis ordered throught the Dispatcher are cheaper. The driver is obliged to issue a receipt. The fare must be marked inside and outside the car.
AAA Radiotaxi . . . . . . ☎ 140 14, 222 333 222 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 729 331 133 Taxi – Praha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222 111 000 City Taxi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 257 257 Halotaxi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 114 411 Profi Taxi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 15 Speed Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 234 234
Municipality – Prague 1, Jungmannova 29 Mon–Th 7 am– 6 pm, Fr 8 am–4 pm Internet: www.dpp.cz
Florenc Central Bus Station (Underground line B, C, Florenc stop) 8 • Křižíkova 4-6 ☎ nonstop 900 144 444 (14 CZK/1 min.)
Tickets and seat tickets abroad Eurolines (Florenc Central Bus Station) Call centre: 245 005 245, 731 222 111 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org On line sales: www.eurolines.cz
Other bus stations in Prague Na Knížecí (Underground line B, Anděl stop) 5 • Nádražní Roztyly (Underground line C, Roztyly stop) 4 • Ryšavého Holešovice (Underground line C, Nádraží Holešovice stop) 7 • Partyzánská Černý Most (Underground line B, Černý Most stop) 9 • Chlumecká Želivského (Underground line A, Želivského stop) 3 • Želivského
Tourist tickets: 1 day – 110 CZK, child (6–15) – 55 CZK, 3 days – 310 CZK. The tickets valid 24, 72 hours.
Ticket prices: Basic ticket valid 90 minutes: 32 CZK, children 6–15 years of age 16 CZK. Short-term ticket valid 30 minutes: 24 CZK, children 12 CZK.
Transport Inquiries Tel.: 296 191 817, daily 7 am–9 pm Underground line A, station MŮSTEK Underground line C, station HLAVNÍ NÁDRAŽÍ Underground line B, station ANDĚL, Václav Havel Airport,Terminal I, Terminal II Underground line A, station NÁDRAŽÍ VELESLAVÍN, Mon–Fr 6 am–8 pm, Sa 9:30 am–5 pm
Information about bus connections (domestic and international) ☎ nonstop 900 144 444 (14 CZK/1 min.)
Buses link the capital city not only with individual parts of the Czech Republic but also with all of Europe. Regular lines run to all the significant places in the European Union as well as outside of it. The most important bus depot is the Florence Central Bus Station, which is located in the very centre of the city.
The tickets are available at some Underground stations, at Transport Inquiries, at shops selling newspapers and cigarettes (with inscription Tabák), at some groceries, reception desks, travel services, yellow vending machines by the transport means stations. All lines of the underground operate from 5.00 am till midnight. Tram and bus timetables are placed at all stops. Funicular [(Prague 5-Újezd), stop of trams 6, 9, 12, 15, 20, 22 – Nebozízek – Petřín)] operates from 9 am till 11:30 pm (IV–X); from 9 am till 11:20 pm (XI–III), daily. Transport fee and tickets are identical for all public transport means.
SMS ticket – send a text message to 902 06: DTP32 – for a 90 minute ticket / CZK 32 DTP24 – for a 30 minute ticket / CZK 24 DTP110 – for a 24 hour ticket / CZK 110 DTP310 – for a 72 hour ticket / CZK 310 (on trams 18 and 22 tickets can be bought by card)
tel.: +420 266 704 607, 266 706 608 fax: +420 266 704 620, e-mail: email@example.com
Hotel reservations • Central Europe trips Coach hire • City tours and excursions • School groups Musical ensembles • Complete itineraries for groups
TC TRAVEL – the Arriva and DB Company groups member
☎ 112 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emergency call ☎ 150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fire Brigade ☎ 155 . . . . . . . . . . . . Emergency medical aid ☎ 158 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Police ☎ 261 104 477 . . . . . . . . . . . Nonstop Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (for buses and camions) ☎ 1230 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonstop Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Assistance
Quarter • Street/Square Telephone AVIS 6 • Václav Havel Airport 235 362 420 BUDGET 1 • Main Railway Station 222 319 595 6 • Václav Havel Airport 220 113 253 CZECHOCAR CS a. s. 4 • 5. května 65 602 219 692 6 • Václav Havel Airport 220 113 454 EUROPCAR 6 • Václav Havel Airport 235 364 531 1 • E. Krásnohorské 9 232 000 600 HERZ 6 • Václav Havel Airport 225 345 021
Call centrum: tel.: 840 111 244 The General Post Office: Jindřišská 14, Praha 1 Post Office with customs office: Plzeňská 139, Praha 5, tel.: 257 019 111 Postage prices: Domestic postcards 19 CZK. Local and domestic letters 19 CZK. Postcards in Europe 35 CZK. Letters (20 g) in Europe 35 CZK.
Mail services in Prague are offered by 115 post offices in all parts of the city.
Public Parking Garages – selection Praha 1, náměstí Jana Palacha (Rudolfinum) Praha 1, Ostrovni (the National Theater) Praha 1, náměstí Republiky 8 (Kotva department store) Praha 1, V Celnici 7 (Hotel Hilton Prague Old Town) Praha 1, V Celnici 10 (Millenium Plaza) Praha 1, náměstí Curieových 5 (InterContinental Hotel) Praha 1, Opletalova 9 (near Wenceslas Square) Praha 1, Wilsonova (Main Railway Station) Praha 1, nám. Republiky 1 (OC Palladium) Praha 2, Wilsonova 77 (near State Opera) Praha 2, Vinohradská 151 (OC Flora)
motorway tax: see page 67 it is forbidden to drink alcohol and drive headlights of motor vehicles must be turned on for 24 hours ● when driving, it is forbiden to make telephone calls unless you are using a hands-free set ● children under 36 kg and/or smaller than 150 cm of height must ride in safety seats ● drivers must yield to pedestrians on marked crossings
Czech transport regulations are mostly identic with those of other European countries. It is necessary to remember: ● keep right ● use safety belts (obligatory) ● the highest speed is 90 km/hr, in aglomeration only 50 km/hr ● on highway 130 km/hr ● the highest speed for motorcycles is 90 km/hr; in aglomeration 50 km/hr; on highway 130 km/hr
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Telephone: International telephone numbers info and information for Prague and Czech Republic 1181 Telephone cards are available at post office, at shops called “Tabák” or “Trafika”, at newspaper and cigarette kiosks, etc. International direct-dial calls: 00 + country code + respective telephone number.
Letters (20 g) and postcards for other continents (air mail) 35/41 CZK Information on postal services is available on: http://www.ceskaposta.cz E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Praha 5, OC Nový Smíchov Praha 6, Studentská 2 (Metro Station Dejvická) Selected Watched Car Parks (Selection) Praha 1, Wilsonova (the Main Railway Station) Praha 1, Alšovo nábřeží Praha 1, Na Florenci Praha 1, Malostranské náměstí Praha 6, Václav Havel Airport Prague P + R facilities are located close tu urban public transport. Underground stops: Černý Most, Depo Hostivař, Chodov, Ládví, Letňany, Nádraží Holešovice, Nové Butovice, Opatov, Rajská zahrada, Skalka, Zličín More info: www.dpp.cz/en/p-r-facilities
(OC = Shopping centre)
Ústí nad Labem
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Motorway with a fee
Motorway without fee
Mo u J sty abl ůnk o
St Hroarý zen ko
Motorway / Autobahn Under Construction / Im Bau The most important border crossing
Traffic signs for motorway with a fee and for motorway without fee
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Vehicles with total weight under 3.5 tonnes – regardless of trailer weight – use stickers (motorbikes are free of charge). The details shown in the vehicle registration document are decisive in determining the total weight (m) of the motor vehicle.
Starts on the day marked on the sticker and expires at the end of the tenth calendar day.
Starts on the day marked on the sticker and expires at the end of the same day as marked on the sticker in the immediately following month.
Starts on December 1, 2017 and expires on January 31, 2019 (1 month before and after the nominal period).
NOTE: It is highly recommended to buy a sticker with a credit card or in CZK directly at the petrol station cash desk! Other resellers at rest areas may charge you an additional amount of money for exchange rates, please beware of unfair rates.
Stickers are available at almost every petrol station or post office in the Czech Republic. Road and Motorway Directorate (ŘSD) does not have its own selling points. When entering the Czech Republic on motorways D1 (from Poland near Bohumín), D2 (from Slovakia near Břeclav), D5 (from Germany near Rozvadov) and D8 (from Germany near Petrovice), the sticker can be bought on the first rest area after the border.
Where to buy a sticker
Validity and prices of stickers
Penalty: Fine of up to CZK 5,000 or a penalty notice of up to CZK 100,000 in administrative proceedings.
Fill in the registration number of your vehicle legibly in the places indicated on both parts of the sticker. Use pen, not pencil.
A proof of payment of the fee is a 2-part sticker. Part one of the sticker is to be placed on the inside of the windscreen. Part two is to be retained.
Design of stickers
The mobile app (to download at www.prg.aero) provides information on flights (scanning the code of the boarding pass) and on the best way to the airport with public transport. It also offers information on parking at the airport, types of check-in, the shops, restaurants, airport rooms and VIP services. The app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
Lost and Found
tel.: +420 220 115 005 e-mail: email@example.com
Located in the Departure Halls of Terminal 1 and 2. Passengers get their export goods receipt, authorising them to claim a tax refund, stamped here.
Tax-free Customs Office
tel.: +420 220 111 220 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Passengers with reduced mobility service
Menzies Aviation a/and CGH tel.: Terminal 1 +420 220 114 483 Terminal 2 +420 220 113 742 e-mail: email@example.com
Czech Airlines Handling, a. s. tel.: Terminal 1 +420 220 114 283 Terminal 2 +420 220 116 298 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Václav Havel Airport Prague, passengers may use local wireless Internet connection free of charge. Terminals 1 and 2 are 24/7 WiFi signal covered. Thanks to the dense net of access points, high accessibility is ensured and there is no risk of disruption while using the connection. You can connect to the network via (SSID) prg.aero-free. You need a portable device with built in WiFi support, nothing else. FreeWiFi provides unlimited use of Internet.
Check the airport apron operations from the viewing terraces. One viewing terrace is in the Praha restaurant located in the public area of the Terminal 1 Arrival Hall; another one is located in the public area of the Terminal 2 Departure Hall. Entry is free of charge.
Letiště Praha, a. s. | Prague Airport K Letišti 6/1019, 160 08 Praha 6; www.prg.aero tel.: +420 220 111 888; e-mail: email@example.com
tel.: +420 220 111 888 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information – nonstop operation
INFORMATION PASSPORT CONTROL SECURITY CONTROL CUSTOMS VIEWING TERRACE TOILETS CHILDREN’S CORNER FOOD COURT WATER FOUNTAINS CHARGING SPOT REFRESHMENT VENDING MACHINE FIRST AID TRANSFER DESK DEPARTURES ARRIVALS EXCHANGE OFFICE ATM CURRENCY EXCHANGE MACHINE TAX REFUND LIFT OVERSIZE BAGGAGE BAGGAGE OFFICE BAGGAGE CLAIM PUBLIC AREA / TRANSIT AREA PARKING
Prague airport is situated in the suburb called Ruzyně, at north-west direction, approximately 20 km out of the centre. Public transport – bus number 100 from Zličín underground stop, line B; number 119 from the nádraží Veleslavín underground stop, line A; number 191 from the Anděl underground stop, line B or bus AE (Airport Express) from the Hlavní nádraží (Main Railway Station) underground stop, line C.
Airplane – Václav Havel Airport Prague – www.prg.aero
In order to increase security measures, airport security service employees randomly inspect checked baggage. As a result of these inspections, your bag may be wrapped in a transparent plastic film and labeled “Security Checked”.
INFORMATION PASSPORT CONTROL SECURITY CONTROL CUSTOMS VIEWING TERRACE TOILETS CHILDREN’S CORNER FOOD COURT WATER FOUNTAINS CHARGING SPOT REFRESHMENT VENDING MACHINE TRANSFER DESK DEPARTURES ARRIVALS EXCHANGE OFFICE ATM CURRENCY EXCHANGE MACHINE TAX REFUND LIFT BAGGAGE DEPOSIT OVERSIZE BAGGAGE BAGGAGE OFFICE BAGGAGE CLAIM PUBLIC AREA / TRANSIT AREA PARKING
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Restaurant Sarah Bernhardt (Hotel Paris) T-Anker Sluneční terasa
Plzeňská restaurace Restaurace Vltava
Name Altány Kampa
Czech cuisine specialities, Pilsner beer A wooden restaurant built in 1945 directly by the Vltava River, between the Jiráskův and Palackého bridges. Czech cuisine, fish, Pilsner Urquell and other Czech beers. The restaurant was included in the list of cultural landmarks in 1995. Excellent French and Czech cuisine
Characteristic • Note Czech and international cuisine, view of the Čertovka chanel on the river Vltava Michelin Star awarded Fusion Restaurant & Lounge on the 27th floor of the City Tower, the tallest building in Prague, European and Asian cuisine Czech and international cuisine, wine bar open-air section, Pilsner Urquell on tap Czech cuisine prepared from fresh Czech ingredients, Pilsner Urquell on tap Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant, Classical Czech cuisine
1 • U Obecního domu 1 222 195 900 e-mail: email@example.com; www.sarah-bernhardt.cz 1 • náměstí Republiky 8 722 445 474 Restaurant and beer bar on the roof terrace of the Kotva department e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org store, view of the Old Town, selection of Czech and inported beers, Kotva department store Czech and international cuisine 1 • Malá Strana 722 445 474 Michelin Star awarded luxurious restaurant (2014), U Zlaté Studně 166/4 international cuisine, view of the historical part of Prague e-mail: email@example.com
Quarter • Street/Square Telephone 1 • Nosticova 2a 257 007 681 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 4 • Hvězdova 1716/2b 222 755 380 e-mail: email@example.com 1 • Hybernská 7 224 226 004 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 777 344 005 1 • Dlouhá 33 222 316 265 e-mail: email@example.com 1 • Malostranské nám. 35/21 257 409 112 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 1 • náměstí Republiky 5 222 002 780 2 • Rašínovo nábřeží 2084/1 224 930 015
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❶–❻ 11 am–2 am ❼ 11 am–midnight ❶–❺ 8 am–midnight ❻❼ 11 am–midnight ❶–❻ 11 am–1 am ❼ 11 am–midnight ❶–❼ 11 am–11 pm ❶–❼ 4 pm–1 am (Pub) ❶–❼ 11:30 am–11 pm ❶–❼ 11 am–10 pm
Open – days, hours ❶–❼ 11 am–midnight
More than 2,000 Prague restaurants and pubs invite you to taste good food and good drink. Do not hesitate to try “české knedlíky” (Czech dumplings), roast pork, fine sauces and delicate desserts decorated with whipped cream, and don’t forget to ask for a pint of well cooled beer or a glass of Moravian or Slovak wine. Of course you can try specialites from other countries, too. Enjoy it!
TIME COFFEE… Time forFOR Coffee…
For 100 years, Prague cafés have been places for pleasant encounters of friends, artists, journalists, and students. Some have vanished, but some still offer elegant interiors, comfort, morning newspapers, and – of course – good coffee.
The Slavia Café is one of Prague’s legends. It is a centre of cultural and intellectual life. Its traditional atmosphere and unique interior – accented with the famous picture “Absinth Drinker” – invite you for a cup of hot and delicious espresso. Our pastry shop prepares daily home-made cakes, and we offer quiet breakfasts, business lunches, or romantic evening moments over a glass of wine with a view of the National Theatre, Prague Castle, and the river Vltava. Of our 320 seats, the one with the best view awaits you, and we’ll do our best to make the Slavia Cafe a special place for you, too.
Café & Restaurant Slavia, a. s. Smetanovo nábřeží 1022/2, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 218 493 +420 777 709 145 E-mail: email@example.com Open daily: Mon–Fri 8 am to midnight Sat–Sun 9 am to midnight
LIVE PIANO DAILY FROM 5 PM TO 11 PM
The Louvre Café was founded in 1902. We
are honoured to carry on the tradition of this establishment, which has been a top café culture and cultural life centre ever since its origin. We are proud to have experienced repeated visits by personalities of world-wide significance such as Franz Kafka, Karel Čapek, Albert Einstein, and many others. The café opens at 8 am and offers a wide selection of breakfasts and newspapers. The restaurant serves traditional Czech cuisine, and light fare specialties. The non-smoking part of the restaurant, and several salons, seat parties of up to 15–20 guests. We maintain the tradition of “café sports” – thus you can borrow chess sets and play pool on one of five pool tables. On hot days you can enjoy a stay on an openair summer terrace. Covering 400 sq m, our newly opened Louvre Photogallery displays the best works of leading Czech photographers. Café Louvre – your meeting point Národní 22, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 930 949, +420 724 054 055 Open daily: Mon–Fri 8 am–11:30 pm Sat and Sun 9 am–11:30 pm
Křižíkova 17° 186 00 Prague 8 – Karlín Tel.: +420 222 315 777 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gastroinfo.cz/pivoklub
Open daily 11:30 am–11:30 pm – 250+ beer brands in bottles – 6 craft beers on tap – Traditional Czech cuisine – Specialties prepared with beer – Pork knuckles – Treats from the oven and grill
RESTAURANT AND BEER BOUTIQUE CZECH BAR AWARDS 2011 WINNER
Characteristic • Note Pilsner Urquell beer
Menu price (CZK) min./max.
1 • Smetanovo nábřeží 1022 224 218 493 e-mail: email@example.com; www.cafeslavia.cz 1 • Staroměstské náměstí 22 221 632 522 1 • Ovocný trh 19 224 224 240
Café & Restaurant Slavia (see p. 75) Grand Café Praha Grand Café Orient
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1• Národní 22 www.cafelouvre.cz 1 • Řetězová 7 5 • Vítězná 128
Quarter • Street/Square Telephone • Fax 1 • U Obecního domu 1 222 195 816 www.sarah-bernhardt.cz 1 • Štupratská 7 224 828 686 1 • Na Poříčí 15 246 011 440 e-mail: cafe@hotel-imperial; www.cafeimperial.cz 1 • Valdštejnské náměstí 3 257 010 412
View of the Old Town astronomical clock, home-made pastries First (in 1912) and last cubist café in the world
Founded in 1911, reopened 2000, specialty: home-made apple strudel Café and restaurant opened in 1893, favorite cafe of Franz Kafka, close to the National Theatre and Kampa Centre of cultural and intellectual life, one of Prague’s legends
Social events can be organised in the adjacent Ledebour Gardens under Prague Castle Founded in 1902, top café culture, summer terrace
Smoke-free café, high-quality coffee, artistic works on exhibit Founded in 1914, reopened in 2007, Art-deco style with cubist elements
Characteristic • Note Located in the Art-Nouveau Paris hotel, excellent desserts
773 778 788 Brewery and restaurant www.pivolod.cz; firstname.lastname@example.org 224 934 019 • 602 660 290 Brewery and restaurant, 13° Flek stout, Cabaret, Brewery museum 296 189 600 • 224 912 557 Radegast beer, Pilsner Urquell 12° beer, black Gambrinus beer 224 211 916 Brewery and restaurant
Telephone • Fax 257 409 104
Café Louvre (see p. 75) Café Montmartre Café Savoy
Café galerie Ungelt Café Imperial
Name Café de Paris
Name Quarter • Street/Square Malostranská beseda 1 • Malostranské nám. 21 (Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant) Boat Brewery 1 • Dvořákovo nábřeží (Loď Pivovar) under Štefánik Bridge U Fleků 1 • Křemencova 11 U Kalicha 2 • Na Bojišti 12 U Medvídků 1 • Na Perštýně 7
Beer Halls • Pubs
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CZECHREPUBLIC DISCOVER ITS BEAUTIES Jindříchův Hradec
Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary Region
Kladruby n. Labem Pardubice Pardubice Region Litomyšl Žďár nad Sázavou
Pilsen Koněprusy Caves
South Bohemia S lav Region on ice Jindřichův Hradec České Budějovice Prachatice
Ostrava Reg ion
Třebíč Kroměříž Brno Lednice-Valtice Area
ONEDAYTRIPSFROMPRAGUE KARLŠTEJN CASTLE
267 18 Karlštejn Tel.: +420 311 681 617 e-mail: email@example.com
The Koněprusy Caves are located near Prague, close to the famous Karlštejn castle, and constitute the most extensive cave complex in Bohemia. The length of all rooms totals 2,050 meters. The underground complex of corridors, domes and pits is situated on three levels. Only two levels are open to the public; the tour is 620 meters long. Visitors can admire a unique formation called the “Organ,” the largest underground room known as “Prošek Dome,” with a torso of a mighty “Mohyla” (Barrow) stalagmite, and the “Mint,” with remnants of a medieval secret money forging workshop. The most interesting speleothem decoration is known as the so-called “Koněprusy rose.”
Karlštejn Castle was mitt in the middle of the 14th century by Charles IV for the safe-keeping of the coronation jewels. In the 16th century, it was rebuilt in the Renaissance style and in the 19th century was renovated in the Pseudo-Gothic style. In the Chapel of the Holy Rood, where the treasury is kept, is a unique collection of Gothic paintings by Master Theodoric which were done in 1360. Open (except Monday): XII (2017) ..............................................10 am–3 pm (2, 3, 9, 10,, 16, 17, 26–31/12) I+II (2018) .............................................10 am–3 pm (2–7/1; 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25/2) III .......................................................9:30 am–4 pm IV......................................9:30 am–5 pm (2/4 open) V ..........................9:30 am–5:30 pm (1/5, 8/5 open) VI.......................................................9 am–5:30 pm VII, VIII ..........................................9 am–6 pm (daily) IX..................................................9:30 am–5:30 pm X...................................................9:30 am–4:30 pm XI..........................................................10 am–3 pm (1–12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26/11) XII .........................................................10 am–3 pm
Open hours: I–III+XII.............................................................closed IV–VI+IX..................Mo–Su.......................8 am–4 pm VII–VIII ....................Mo–Su.......................8 am–5 pm X ............................Mo–Su..................8:30 am–3 pm XI............................Mo–Fri ...........9 am, 11 am, 2 pm Sa–Su...............................closed Reservation for groups, phone: +420 311 622 405, +420 730 572 485
Admission: guided tour (other than Czech) 330 CZK (booking – firstname.lastname@example.org)
Admission: basic............................................................130 CZK seniors 65+....................................................90 CZK children 6–15, students .................................70 CZK chidren under 6 ...................................................free
Directions from Prague: R4 speedway – Černošice – Dobřichovice, 28 km south-west; by train from the Praha-Smíchov railway station
Direction from Prague: E 50 speedway direction Beroun Koněprusy: GPS: 49˚54‘58,1“N; 14˚04‘07,9“E
ONEDAYTRIPSFROMPRAGUE KUTNÁ HORA
ČESKÝ KRUMLOV … a treasure trove full of history and arts Český Krumlov has been spinning its story for over 700 years, and each century has added a unique trait into its features. The result is a picturesque town proud of its architectural beauty and magical atmosphere.
Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lively, cosmopolitan town with a unique atmosphere surrounded by unspoiled countryside. Dominated by a Castle stretching over the meandering Vltava River, Český Krumlov’s narrow cobblestone streets wind along romantic nooks between patrician houses, where you’ll find attractive exhibits of world-renown artists, music festivals, concerts, and theatre performances. The cosy inns, coffee shops, and ancient taverns entertain a diverse international crowd.)
Kutná Hora was an ancient mining town at the end of the 13th century. In the 14th century it was the second most significant town after Prague. In Kutná Hora, there are plenty of precious Gothic constructions such as the Cathedral of St Barbora (1388 to 1565), one of the most beautiful Czech Gothic buildings, and the Church of St James (1340–1420). A direct witness to the mining glory of Kutná Hora is the late Gothic style Italian Court (Vlašský dvůr) where the famous Prague grosches were minted. (see p. 86–87)
www.kutnahora.cz St Barbora’s Cathedral – Open daily: I–II.........................................................10 am–4 pm III, XI, XII ................................................10 am–5 pm IV–X ........................................................9 am–6 pm Admission: 120 CZK Italian Court – Open daily: XI–II.......................................................10 am–4 pm III, X.......................................................10 am–5 pm IV–IX .......................................................9 am–6 pm Admission: 85 CZK
ČESKÝ KRUMLOV CARD – 1 ENTRANCE CARD TO 5 MUSEUMS • Castle Museum and Castle Tower • Český Krumlov Regional Museum • Museum Fotoatelier Seidel • Egon Schiele Art Centrum • Český Krumlov Monasteries
Direction from Prague: Kostelec nad Černými Lesy, 68 km from Prague. Take train from Masaryk railway station
➢ up to 50 % discount of the regular ticket price ➢ can be used for the whole calendar year ➢ for sale at theTourist Information Centre Český Krumlov and at the participating institutions
Třebíč is a picturesque town with rich history and a lot of valuable architectural monuments. The most remarkable have been included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List – the St. Procopius Basilica and the Jewish Quarter with the Jewish Cemetery.
Litomyšl, a small town in Eastern-Bohemia, is going through a second renaissance. In recent years, twelve of the buildings on the hill of the château have been restored, and they are well worth a look. A visit to Litomyšl would not be complete without the complex of the château, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Besides guided tours that include a unique theatre,you can see the château houses with the Municipal Picture Gallery, a permanent exhibition of sculptures by Olbram Zoubek and A Heart for Václav Havel, and the birth family apartement of composer Bedřich Smetana. Other places worth a visit are the Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross, with a lookout tower and the exhibition Angels on the Hill, and the former Bishop’s Gymnasium, which today houses a successfully restored museum. To relax a little take a walk in the Monastery gardens and then full steam ahead to another places of interest. (see p. 6)
The Basilica, built in the Romanesque style with some early Gothic features, is one of the treasures of medieval architecture. The most valuable part of the Basilica is the crypt. The Jewish Quarter is the only evidence of Jewish culture outside the territory of Israel included in the UNESCO list and it’s a unique complex of 123 buildings, among them the Front and Rear Synagogue, and the Seligmann Bauer’s House, with an exhibition of a typical Jewish household.
www.visittrebic.eu St. Procopius’ Basilica VI–IX.......................Mon–Fri .....................9 am–5 pm Sat, Sun ..................10 am–6 pm X–V ........................Mon–Thu...................9 am–5 pm Fri..............................9 am–5 pm Sat, Sun ..................10 am–5 pm
Jewish Quarter Open daily: I–VI, IX–XI .................................................9 am–5 pm VII–VIII ......................................................9 am–6 pm XII.............................................................9 am–4 pm
Château IV, X – weekends and holidays 10 am–4 pm Open (except Monday) V – 10 am–4 pm, VI, IX – 10 am–5 pm VII, VIII – 10 am–6 pm Municipal Picture Gallery V ............................Tue–Sun ....10 am–noon, 1–4 pm VI–IX.......................Tue–Sun ....10 am–noon, 1–5 pm
ONEDAYTRIPSFROMPRAGUE ARCHITECTURE IN BRNO
TELČ Telč is one of the most sought-after cultural destinations, where you can pleasantly spend your free time. You can visit historical landmarks and the Telč undergrounds, now open to the public, located below most of the houses on the Zacharias of Hradec square and part of the chateau complex. You can also visit festivals, concerts, exhibitions at the city gallery, or a historical festival organized every year, moderated by the historical personalities Zacharias of Hradec, and Katerina of Wallenstein.
Photo: Villa Tugendhat by David Židlický It is said that Brno is a living gallery of functionalist architecture, where not a single one of the important names of that era is missing. From Adlof Loose, who was born here, through Bohuslav Fuchs or Ernest Wiesner, to the German Ludwig Miese van der Rohe, the designer of the world famous Villa Tugendhat, a masterpiece of Functionalism from 1930, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The residential and utility rooms and the beautiful garden of this unique house, with its flowing space, are open to the public, and the villa offers a fantastic view to the city.
Together with the chateau, the city square constitutes a unique architectonic complex, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992.
Bookings required. www.tugendhat.eu
Part of the undergrounds and underground corridors oriented toward the square were opened to the public in September 2014. Visitors can peek in the Telč undergrounds in their “raw” condition that continues along the entire square. They can also enter the renovated rooms, where modern projection technology present the city of Telč and its surroundings, as well important points of the history of its development.
Other houses in Brno open to the public: Villa Jurkovič, Villa Stiassni and Villa Löw-Beerov. You can learn more about the city’s architecture with Brno’s Architectural Manual
High tourist season opening hours of the undergrounds: June – September: .................Tue–Sun 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm During the off-season you can arrange a visit at the Information Center, nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 10 (the ground floor of the Town Hall) Tel.: +420 567 112 407–8 e-mail: email@example.com
Photo: Villa Jurkovič More information at www.GOtoBRNO.cz Arriving from Prague Car – 200 km on Motorway D1 Excellent train and bus connections
(see p. 7)
ONEDAYTRIPSFROMPRAGUE LEDNICE-VALTICE AREA
FLORAL GARDEN KROMĚŘÍŽ Generála Svobody 767 01 Kroměříž Tel.: +420 723 962 891
The towns of Lednice and Valtice are located in the heart of the Lednice-Valtice Complex, which in 1996 was included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. They offer a lot of cultural and sports activities. The surroundings are criss-crossed with cycling trails, where you can admire the uniqueness, charm and history of the region. Lednice is a popular tourist destination thanks to its fairy-tale château and the surrounding landscape. Though, in recent years, also thanks to its successfully developing spas. The main therapeutic source are the mineral waters rich in iodine-bromide sourced from a nearby well. Thanks to its iodine contents, its quality is one of the best of its type in Europe. In 2009, the Lednice Spas were granted the status of therapeutic spa.
The Kroměříž Flower Garden ranks among the most significant gardening masterpieces worldwide, these days being practically the only representation of such kind in Europe.The Flower garden has two main parts – the flower bank with shaped walls and broderiebeds, and the garden nursery with the Strawberry Hills. Every year, the beds in front of the colonnade in the flower bank are planted with twenty thousand summerannuals, grown in greenhouses and hot-beds directly in the Flower Garden.
There are fountains among the colourful flowerbeds and green labyrinths, and the very centre of the garden is dominated by a rotunda with unique artistic decorations and a unique Foucault pendulum. One of the most attractive parts of the Flower garden is a 244-metre-long colonnade with statues of ancient gods and other historical figures of antiquity. The construction according to the design by Giovanni PietroTencalla was completed in 1671.
Lednice Château and Greenhouse II, III, XI, XII .....weekends and holidays....10 am–4 pm IV, X...............weekends and holidays......9 am–4 pm V–VI, IX ..........Tue–Sun ............................9 am–5 pm VII, VIII ...........Mon–Sun ...........................9 am–5 pm Minaret IV, X ..............Tue–Sun ............................9 am–4 pm V, VI, IX..........Tue–Sun ............................9 am–5 pm VII, VIII ...........Mon–Sun ...........................9 am–5 pm Valtice Château IV, X...............Tue–Sun ............................9 am–4 pm V, IX...............Tue–Sun ............................9 am–5 pm VII, VIII ...........Mon–Sun ...........................9 am–6 pm
The Flower Garden offer the visitors many surprising and unforettable moments. Open throughout the whole year. From 1st May to 30 th September ..daily 8 am–6:30 pm October .......................................daily 8 am–4:30 pm Admission fee: 70/60/50 CZK Directions from Prague: D1 speedway – Jihlava – Brno – Kroměříž, 269 km from Prague, by bus from Praha Florenc Central Bus Station, by train from Main Railway Station
BAROQUE PEARL ON GREEN HILL
Olomouc is one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe, the pearl of Moravia, and the most beautiful city in the Czech Republic and a “hidden treasure of Europe”, according Lonely Planet. There you can find breathtaking baroque churches, beautiful palaces, charming stone-paved lanes, flowers and green areas. Next to Prague, it is the city with the highest concentration of marvelous landmarks in the Czech Republic. Olomouc also boasts several European rarities, the largest baroque statuary – the Holy Trinity Column, a significant UNESCO landmark. Olomouc is the site of an ancient university, an archbishopric, a philharmonic orchestra, numerous museums, theaters, and clubs, as well as the location of countless interesting culture events and festival. (see p. 7)
Žďár nad Sázavou lies in the beautiful countryside of the Žďárské vrchy Protected Area. The village emerged along the Cistercian Monastery founded in 1252, and was promoted to city in 1607. Today’s dynamic city is a modern center of the region, and – thanks of the magnificent nearby UNESCO landmark – an ever more popular tourist destination, and a gateway to the most beautiful part of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands Region. The St. Johannus Nepomuceni pilgrimage church on Green Hill (Zelená hora) is a state-of-the-art work in the Bohemian baroque Gothic. Its extraordinary value was rewarded with its listing in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. It was built between 1719 and 1722 by one of the greatest Bohemian baroque architects, Jan Blažej Santini Aichel. The ambit surrounding the temple was built on a decagonal pattern while the temple itself has the shape of a pentagram. The entire complex has five entrances, inside the temple there are five chapels and five altars. On top of the cupola there is a big tongue, the attribute of St. Johannus Nepomuceni. The entire structure combines two architectonic styles: Gothic and baroque. The main altar features a saint, standing on a globe, optically rising up. On the globe you can find the five octagonal Cistercian stars, representing the five continents where Christianity has spread.
Exhibition at the Town Hall The Town Hall hosts three exhibitions on the history of the city, the Town Hall, and the astronomic clock, with free admission Opening hours: Throughout the year Wed ................................8 am–12 noon, 1 pm–5 pm Tue, Thu.....................8 am–12 noon, 1 pm–3:30 pm
Opening hours: IV...................Sat, Sun.............................9 am–5 pm V–IX ...............daily ...................................9 am–5 pm X....................Sat, Sun.............................9 am–5 pm
The Town Hall Tower 1/9–14/6 ..............................daily at 11 am and 3 pm 15/6–31/8 ..........................daily at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm, and 5:30 pm
Olomouc in a nutshell A one-hour tour to the landmarks on the Upper Square (Horní náměstí) including the UNESCO landmarks and the climb up to the Town Hall Tower 15/6–31/8............daily at 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5 pm
THETEREZÍNMEMORIAL Small Fortress and National Cemetery Ghetto Museum ● Former Magdeburg Barracks ● Prayer room from the time of the Terezín ghetto and replica of attic ● Russian and Jewish Cemeteries and Crematorium ● Soviet Soldier’s Cemetery ● Memorial Plaque at the former railway siding ● Place of Remembrance on the bank of the River Ohře ● Columbarium with part of the fortifications, Ceremonial Halls and Central Morgue ● Litoměřice concentration camp Crematorium ● ●
▲ National Cemetery at the Small Fortress
▲ Permanent exhibition of the Ghetto Museum
▲ Former Crematorium on the Jewish Cemetery
Open: daily 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (XI–III), 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (IV–X) Closed: December 24–26, January 1 Group visits must be booked in advance Památník Terezín, CZ-411 55 Terezín Tel.: +420 416 724 535, GSM: +420 604 241 179, 606 632 914 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.pamatnik-terezin.cz www.facebook.com/TerezinMemorial 85
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KUTNÁHORA Kutná Hora is one of the most famous Czech towns. The riches from the silver mines made it the second most important city in Bohemia, after Prague; the town’s two Gothic cathedrals – the St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist in Sedlec – are the best proof of that. Both these extraordinary landmarks, along with the historical city center, are included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
In Kutná Hora you can also find the famous Ossuary, an underground chapel of the All Saints Church decorated solely with human bones. Do not miss a visit to the former Royal Mint, the seat of Bohemian kings in the Italian Court, and the Unveiling of the Mysterious Face of Kutná Hora Museum, where you can learn about the criminal history of the city. Photo: Jiří Coubal and archive ČMS St. Barbara’s Cathedral
“Hrádek” (Little Castle), one of the most famous burghers’ houses in Kutná Hora, is today the home of the Czech Museum of Silver, with exhibitions on silver mining. The museum regularly appears on leading positions of TripAdvisor travelers’ surveys and received the Certificate of Excellence in 2015. The museum also offers a tour through an original medieval silver mine, the St. George drift. Visitors are equipped with medieval mining gear, a helmet and a torch. The drift is 35 meters deep, and 250 meters long. During the tour, visitors also pass by rooms filled with crystal clear water. (Open: April – November) Art lovers should not miss the 2nd largest gallery in the Czech Republic, the GASK Gallery situated next to the St. Barbara’s Cathedral in the Jesuit college.
TOP EVENTS: 16 – 24 June 2018
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OPERATIC WEEK – International music festival presents excellent opera singers and orchestras in the rooms of Kutná Hora historical landmarks
23 – 24 June 2018
THE ROYAL SILVERING IN KUTNÁ HORA The ambitious program of this Gothic festival brings the royal mining town Kutná Hora back 620 years, to the beginning of the 15 th century.
July – August 2018
KUTNÁ HORA SUMMER An all-summer cultural and entertainment festival offers evening tours to the Kutná Hora temples, the Italian Court, and the Ossuary, as well as night commented tours through the city, concert series, theatrical performances, and much more.
17 – 19 August 2018
VETERAN CAR RALLYE & AUGUST FEAST An international up-hill race of historical cars manufactured before 1940, at the Kaňk Hill. The presentation of the vehicles and start of the race takes place on the city’s main square, with the August Feast as an accompanying event. More info about the race and the accompanying program can be found at: www.veterani-kh.cz
8 September 2018
CHATEAU KAČINA VINTAGE A traditional event dedicated to regional products and wine tasting, with a rich cultural program.
Special attractions for families: Museum of Kutná Hora Legends, Ghosts and Spooks in the Italian Court • Interactive and educational exhibition of UNESCO landmarks in the “Dačický House” • LEGO Museum in the Šultysova Street Royal Silvering
NORTHMORAVIAANDSILESIA Discover folk treasures at the tripoint where three countries meet. Discover the little known stories of numerous great historical figures who formed the history of Europe, or come to admire the fairytale beauty of the romantic castle that hosted Beethoven and Paganini. The atmosphere of the many other noble chateaux of this region will also take your breath away. Visit the City of Steel, as if from a novel by Jules Verne, and discover its secrets. Wander through the crooked streets of Moravian Bethlehem, Štramberk, or visit the birthplace of Sigmund
Freud in Příbor. Admire the White Pearl of Silesia, the town of Opava with the oldest museum in the country. Set off to the Beskydy mountains for amazing views and beautiful nature or venture over to the Jeseníky mountains to inhale the cleanest air in Central Europe.
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NORTHMORAVIAANDSILESIA Visit one of gems of the industrial era of North Moravia and Silesia, Dolní Vítkovice, and explore the interactive exhibit of the Big and Small world of technology at the Science and Technology Centre. Enjoy the amazing music festival Colours of Ostrava, which takes place in July every year. Try what it is like to be a miner in the largest mining museum of the Czech Republic.
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JESENÍKY –THETRUETOURISTPARADISE The Jeseníky Mountains spread in the northernmost promontory of the Moravian-Silesian Region with rounded ridges, picturesque passes, and charming railroad tracks. The bluish distances reveal forests and colorful meadows, spongy mosses, fresh rivers and little lakes, mysterious rocks, and quiet caverns. The Jeseníky preserved area includes the Praděd, Šerák-Keprník, Rejvíz, and Skřítek Moss national preserved areas.
The somber Petrovy Kameny (Peter’s Stones), known for the medieval witch hunts, are a good starting point for a climb to Praděd (1492 m), the highest mountain of Moravia and Silesia. From the top of the 162-meter tower on the summit you can have an unforgettable view. On a good visibility day, you can see the upper reservoir of the Dlouhé Stráně pumped storage power plant and distant mountain ranges such as High Tatra, Small and Big Fatra, Beskydy, and Krkonoše. The tower top is the highest elevation point above sea level in the Czech Republic.
level, is the most elevated express train stop in the country. You can recover your strength for more excursions and mountain hikes in the mountain spa town Karlova Studánka, where Václav Havel, the former President of the Czech Republic, used to stay for healing treatment, and refresh yourselves in the “water garden”, a unique natural Balneopark of the Priessnitz healing spa based on traditional healing water procedures. Dozens of stylish mountain hotels, cozy cottages, and B&Bs have well-equipped relaxation centers, wellness facilities, jakoozees, modern sports fields, and playgrounds for children.
Cities full of beauties and historical landmarks invite you to Jeseníky: Vrbno pod Pradědem, Rýmařov, Krnov, Bruntál, and Jeseník, all in the Praděd Euroregion. Traces of history can be found at the magnificent Sovinec castle and the popular Janovice, Jánský Vrch, and Linhartovy chateaux, as well as sacral landmarks such as a Baroque chapel in Lipky, the pilgrimage Our Lady of Sorrows church in Cvilín, and the synagogue in Krnov.
In Jeseníky, you can fish, participate in a gold-mining competition, hunt wild mushrooms and pick strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Adrenaline seekers can take a sightseeing flight on planes and gliders. Visitors also like an adventurous cruise on the Santa Maria boat, on the Slezská Harta reservoir, where the grand movie Jane of Arc was shot. Those who like mysterious undergrounds can find the Na Špičáku chilly cavern, where occasional concerts also take place. Those coming back hungry from the hikes through the Jeseníky countryside will gladly try some of the selected regional specialties and drinks such as Warisch grilled sausages, the Milerski delicious mead and Schaumann “aqua viva”. Local people love their region, its rich traditions and appealing presence. They take a great care of its specific shape and love to present it to their visitors.
Near the Czech-Polish border you can find a watch tower located on Biskupská Kupa, in Zlaté Hory (Golden Mouintains), where gold used to be mined in the old times. Along with numerous museums, you can also visit the Praděd Gallery “U Halouzků”, in Jiříkov, where its creator, the sculptor Jiří Halouzka, placed several hundreds of his wooden carved sculptures and the biggest Nativity in the world. The about two dozen sculptures of the Jeseníky symbol, the děd Praděd (The Grandsir), that you can encounter in several important locations in Jeseníky also come from his workshop. Tired tourists can take a seat in a romantic Osoblaha local train and ride the oldest narrow gauge railroad in Central Europe. The station in Ramzová, at 760 meters above sea
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VISITSOUTHBOHEMIA – a friendly and hospitable region This region, where for centuries people have lived in harmony with nature, surprises all visitors with its beauty. Those who come to visit the countless historical landmarks will understand how enlightened and wealthy the local aristocratic families were; and how many excellent artists and craftsmen used to live there. For the generations to come, they have left countless cultural and historical landmarks as evidence of a rich and multi-layered history: ancient cities full of life and culture, majestic Gothic churches, dreamy Renaissance chateaux, monasteries, rural architectural landmarks, interesting technical structures, and sophisticated fishpond systems. Thanks to the absence of large industrial complexes, the landscape has
kept its high scenic value. The countryside in South Bohemia remains one of the best preserved, unspoiled, and most beautiful regions of the Czech Republic, which is also evident from the number of established natural preserved areas. South Bohemia is a region of countless lakes, pine forests, and extensive bogs decorated with the silhouettes of towns and country churches matching the white manors built in the rural baroque style. And the cities are no openair museums; they vibrate with busy everyday life in an unrepeatable atmosphere. Stop here, stay longer, and come again… South Bohemia won’t disappoint you.
SLAVONICE –FLORENCE OFSOUTHBOHEMIA After competing with dozens of other towns, Slavonice was chosen in 2017 as the Czech Republic’s Historical Town of the year. Since 1995 this award has been granted every year to the best revitalisation program of urban conservation areas. Thanks to its historical and cultural values, the town is now a candidate to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. This once almost forgotten city near the triangle of Bohemia, Moravia and Germany, with a history dating back to the early XIII century, known as the Pearl of the Renaissance has a lot to offer. You will be charmed by the Renaissance burghers’ houses and their façades richly decorated with gables and figurative Sgraffito that surround two of the squares in the centre of town. There are also the preserved parts of the medieval fortification with several bastions on the eastern and northern side of town, and the two gates, Jemnická and Dačická. One thing that can’t be missed is the mysterious underground passages, one of the oldest parts of the city and likely connected to the redevelopment of the XIII century. And if you want to enjoy the views from the tower of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, you will have to climb 176 steps. Other attractions include the remains of the medieval village of Pfaffenschlag, the museum of border fortifications, the Marian ceramics, the hiking trail that follows the steps of Johann Georg Grasel, the leader of a gang of highwaymen who still lives in folk songs and stories, the 111 km long Thayarunde cycling trail that follows a former railway line to Austria and roads with little traffic (that is also suitable for in-line skating), and the unspoiled nature parks Czech Canada and Thayatal. Slavonice also offers facilities to host conferences and there are more than 400 beds waiting for guests. A good holiday destination for all ages and a popular place for film-makers, this is Slavonice, the Renaissance gate to Czech Canada. Come, see and fall in love; you will come back. You have to experience Slavonice.
ČESKÉBUDĚJOVICE – Every Day The Royal City of České Budějovice is ideally located in the centre of the South Bohemia Region, near several other places of interests like UNESCO heritage sites Český Krumlov and Holašovice, the Neo-Gothic Hluboká Château or the spa town of Třeboň. And that’s why it’s convenient to stay in České Budějovice, a city with a wide range of services and an ideal starting point to know the region. Take a walk in the historical centre with its unique square dominated by the Baroque fountain with a statue of the mythical strongman Samson. Visit the 72 metre tall Black Tower, with its great views to the city and its surroundings, the neighbouring Baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the city hall with its beautiful façade. But if you are after 10 pm in the square, watch out for the erratic boulder, which, according to legend, will make anyone who steps on it wander until the morning. In the legendary restaurant Masné Krámy you can taste the world famous Lager of Budějovický Budvar, and you can also visit the brewery and see the brewing process with the regular guided tours. Throughout the year, the city hosts many cultural events providing even more great experiences.
ART IN THE CITY 7/6 – 30/9, Historical centre Czech and Slovak sculptors show their works of modern art in the streets.
BUSKERS FEST 18 – 22/6, Historical centre A unique international festival of street art where
Czech and foreign musicians, theatre performers, jugglers, poets and artists take over the city.
MUSEUM ON THE WATER 1 – 6/7, Billabong of the Moldava A festival with a long tradition, with the stage rocking on the waters of the river and the audience on the romantic Sokol Island.
CITY HALL SUMMER 4/7 – 31/8, Courtyard of the City Hall Music and theatre festival for children and adults in the historical settings of the City Hall courtyard.
MUSICAL EVENINGS IN THE SQUARE 17/7 – 23/8, Nám. Přemysla Otakara II. Twelve concerts of local bands of different genres in the historical square, under the summer evening sky.
SOUTH BOHEMIAN JAZZ FESTIVAL 10 – 11/8, Piaristické Náměstí Local and foreign jazz stars play in the oldest part of the city to create an unforgettable atmosphere.
CITY FOR PEOPLE – PEOPLE FOR THE CITY 31/8 – 1/9, Historical centre The tarmac of the streets Krajinská, Česká and Piaristická will be partially covered by a lawn and the public space will be filled with artists of different genres, while local restaurants will offer their delicacies.
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TÁBOR This year marks the 100 th anniversary of the foundation of the Independent Czechoslovak State and if you are planning a trip to the south of Czech country, do not forget to stop for a couple of days in the picturesque city of Tábor, which will charm you, not only with its medieval atmosphere and interesting architectural monuments, but also with a wide range of exhibitions and cultural events with the First Czechoslovak Republic as their theme. Tábor, the second largest town in South Bohemia, has a famed history, inseparably linked to the Hussite movement and its great personalities like military leader Jan Žižka and church reformer Jan Hus. The city’s conservation area, with many attractive buildings, is not a destination only for history buffs, but also for active visitors looking for unusual exhibitions, colourful architecture, natural places of interest or a wide range of cultural activities.
“TÁBOR IS OUR PROGRAM” This year, besides traditional and popular events like the Tábor Gathering, the city takes on the theme of the first Czechoslovak Republic (1918 –1938) and the celebration of the 100 th anniversary of the foundation of the independent state. The aim is not only to celebrate, but also learn about important historical milestones, remember them and awake a feeling of pride and admiration in the visitors. Celebrate with us our 100 years!
June – September: Great returns, or how we lived in Tábor one hundred years ago
13 December: Czech-Slovak Concert An Advent concert in the Church of St. Philip and Jakub by opera singers Jaroslav Dvorský and Jakub Pustina.
An outdoor, large-format exhibition in the streets of the city that will take visitors to the Tábor of one hundred years ago, where they will see, for instance, how the cultural life was back then, how much basic things cost and how they could be procured.
22 December: Steam Train with President Masaryk On its way from České Budějovice to Prague, the historic steam train with the saloon car of the first Czechoslovak President, T. G. Masaryk, will make a stopover in Tábor, where he and his legionnaires will be symbolically welcome by citizens and representatives of the town.
June: the Czechoslovak Legion in Russia and Italy An exhibition in the City Library recalling the merits the Czechoslovak Legionnaires had in the creation of the State that will include a lecture on the figures of the Legionnaires from Tábor.
October: Angelo Purgert – The First Republic A charity photo project where the author took his inspiration in the atmosphere of the First Republic. The exhibition will include original photos inspired in the period.
October: Czechoslovak Republic 1918–1939 A large-format exhibition of illuminated panels with unique information will be on Masaryk Square throughout the week. It has been organised together by the Masaryk Institute and the Archive of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with the support of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In addition to these exhibitions, the anniversary of the foundation of the Republic will be celebrated with other interesting cultural events.
7 June: Presentation of the Memory of the Nation Project Presentation of the stories of contemporary witnesses prepared by teams of students.
24 June: Dagmar Pecková with the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra An extraordinary concert by a professional orchestra and the most famous opera singer of the present day on an outdoor stage on Žižkově Náměstí, a guaranteed unique atmosphere and unforgettable experience.
28 October: Day of the Republic The building of Střelnice will be the stage of an event celebrating 100 th anniversary of the foundation of the Independent Czechoslovak State.
2 November: Parade of the Tábor Garrison of the Army of the Czech Republic With the decoration of soldiers of the 10 th Guard Company BAF after returning from foreign missions.
PÍSEK – the poetic beauty on the river Otava We invite you to a town in the northern part of South Bohemia, with a population of 30 thousand, about 100 kilometers from Prague. Písek boasts the title “The best town to live in the Czech Republic”, and it is popular among tourists who look for high quality services, numerous places of interest and activities. A Stone Bridge spans the river Otava whose auriferous sand gave the town its name (sand = písek), and it is the oldest structure of its kind in the country. The early-Gothic Royal Castle is another landmark reminiscing the time when Písek was founded (1243), and that now houses the local Prácheň Regional Museum. The deanery Church of the Birth of Virgin Mary, with its 72-meter-high tower, dominates the town. Both the church and the tower are open for visitors. The recent investments in the revitalization of the historical center of Písek are evident at every step. On a groomed promenade on the banks of the Otava, along the fortification walls, is the original mill turned into the Municipal Electric Power Plant that today houses the museum of lighting. You can have a rest in a cozy park in the former castle moat. Behind the baroque
Town Hall, on one of the courtyards, you can find a former Malthouse, which, after costly renovations, has been turned into a center of illustrations for children and a playful gallery, as well as the Tourist information center and an exhibition on malting. Písek offers pleasant cafes and restaurants, as well as numerous events like the Town Festival (8 – 10 June 2018), the music festival Summer Festival (21 July 2018), the Folklore Festival (16 – 19 August 2018), and the Beer Festival (7 – 8 September 2018). Each year big sand sculptures are built by the Stone Bridge to adorn the town for the whole summer. In 2018, they will portray figures related the events that surrounded the declaration of the independent Czechoslovak State one hundred years ago in Písek. Písecké hory (Písek Hills), next to the town’s eastern outskirts, offer excellent conditions for walks, longer hikes and cycling tours. You can learn about natural places of interest and enjoy views of the South-Bohemian countryside full of fishponds and the foothills of the Šumava mountain range. The poetic valley of the Otava invites for cycling tours as well as canoeing down to Písek, or even further to the majestic Zvíkov or Orlík Castles. You can get to Písek from Prague comfortably by bus.
JINDŘICHŮV HRADEC TOP 6 PLACES TO VISIT Jindřichův Hradec is a lively town with historical monuments that welcome visitors with new attractive exhibitions and cultural events.
State Castle and Château Jindřichův Hradec This year, one of the most important Renaissance buildings and the third largest historical monument complex in Czechia has prepared the exhibition “The Perfect Diplomat – the Černíns as ambassadors, travellers and collectors” (Dokonalý diplomat – Černínové jako vyslanci, cestovatelé a sběratelé), dedicated to this important Czech aristocratic family and their diplomatic role.
Stará Radnice Art Gallery Children and adults will enjoy the new exhibition at Stará Radnice (the Old Town Hall) “Fairytales not only at Bedtime” dedicated to the work of Jiří Trnka, one of the most significant figures of Czech art for children and one of the fathers of Czech animation. Train enthusiasts will love the exhibition of the local railways “The Railway Game”.
House of Tapestries An interactive museum for children and adults showcasing hand-weaving tapestry, a craft with a long tradition in the city. This year’s biggest attraction is the exhibition of large tapestries of artist Jaroslava Pečivová.
Jindřichův Hradec Regional Museum The most famous exhibit of the museum is the world’s largest moving Nativity Scene Krýza’s Crèche, included in the Guinness Book of Records. 2018 is a special year for the museum as it commemorates the 100 th anniversary of the death of Tomáš Krýza.
Museum of Photography and Modern Visual Media The program showcases the works of Czech and foreign photographers, important personalities of (mostly) Czech photography and renowned contemporary photographers, both professional and amateur.
The St. Florian Aquashow The St. Florian medical and shopping mall presents a unique spectacle combining music, light effects and video.
Château Mill The Chateau Mill offers a permanent exhibition devoted to the history of ponds, forestry and wooden rafts rides in Jindřichův Hradec, and, on the ground floor, visitors can look at the original Křižík’s water power plant from 1887.
Tips for trips: The Jindřichův Hradec narrow -gauge: the unforgettable experience of a steam train ride through the scenic landscape of the area known as Czech Canada.
TOP SUMMER EVENTS: 12/5 Go to the Tower: a fun competition to find the fastest runner on the 153 steps of the city observation tower of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. 18/5 The Night of the Museums with evening tours of the Stará Radnice Art Gallery and Dům Gobelínů. 19/5 Cross the Hill to Hradec: The official opening of the tourist season in Jindřichův Hradec. 25/5 The Night of the Museums at the Museum of Photography and Modern Visual Media: evening tour 1 – 3/6 Jindřichův Hradec Days 2018: this year in the spirit of the 725th anniversary of the foundation of the city, which will be restored to its historical character. 15 – 16/6 Living Hradec: multi-genre music festival 27/7 – 5/8 TOP week: a several-day marathon of cultural and social events traditionally closed with the funfair “Porcinkule”. 13 – 17/8 Pass the Hat: street art festival 25/8 Opera at the Château: traditional open -air opera performance, this year with Dvořák’s “Rusalka” 22/9 St. Wenceslas Fest: lovely lounging with food and wine. Jindřichův Hradec Information Centre
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HISTORYANDCULTURE INPRACHATICE Prachatice is a historical town located in the western part of South Bohemia and a major cultural centre in Šumava (Bohemian Forest). It was founded on one of the most important trade routes of the Middle Ages known as the Golden Route, or Zlatá stezka, which linked Bohemia and Bavaria through the wild and impenetrable forests of Šumava. In the Middle Ages, it became remarkably significant thanks to the salt trade, which was transported on caravans of pack animals from Passau to Prachatice. The XVI century was the most prosperous period for Prachatice, which can be seen in the preserved Gothic and Renaissance historical centre of town, full of richly ornamented buildings, massive gates and the medieval fortifications. Prachatice’s most famous native is St. John Nepomucene Neumann, a Czech Catholic missionary whose imprint can be found in the town and its surroundings. Between June and September there are unique tours of the tower of the Church of St. Jacob, which offers unusual views of the city’s skyline. Other interesting places worth a visit are the Otto Herbert Hajek Cultural Centre, the Lower Gate Gallery, the Bobbin Lace Museum, the Museum of Czech Marionettes and Circus and the Prachatice Museum. Those who enjoy light hiking can take on the sightseeing trail around Prachatice, with historical and natural places of interest and technical monuments that leads to spots with great views. The trail is easy, ideal
for families with children. From Prachatice, you can also follow the the Golden Salt Route, indicated with the yellow hiking markets and the symbol of a pack animal. The trail has several information boards that describe historical events. A challenge for more experienced hikers is the climb to Libín hill (1093 m), which will reward them with gorgeous views of Šumava from its 27 metre observation tower. Prachatice is also a town where culture never sleeps and innumerable events, the most important of which undoubtedly is the Golden Salt Route Festival (Slavnosti solné Zlaté stezky), on 29–30/6/ 2018, that celebrates the importance this medieval trade route had for the city, The two-day festivities begin, as back in the day, with the arrival of a caravan of pack animals pulling carts loaded with salt. Jugglers, clowns, craftsmen and musicians will show their arts while a historical procession with drums and flag-bearers goes through town. Prachatice is a city of hospitality, almost tailor made for a weekend trip or a longer vacation. Come see for yourselves, we are looking forward to you!
Kunětická Hora Castle
EASTERNBOHEMIA – CLOSER THAN YOU THINK Eastern Bohemia is a combination of beautiful nature, history, art, traditions, music, and all kinds of sports. Some of the region’s most important events are the International Opera Festival Smetanova Litomyšl
EAST BOHEMIA Pardubice Chateau
(14/6 – 7/7), the famous Golden Helmet motorcycle race (30/9) and Velká Pardubická, the hardest steeplechase in the continent (14/10, 128 th edition). The taste of the traditional Pardubice gingerbread will conquer your heart, as well as the proximity of the horses, which are part of the local landscape. The region is easily accessible from Prague, the other regions of the Czech Republic and the neighbouring countries. It is located on a railway junction that connects Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, and it also has an international airport with a brand new terminal. All this makes Eastern Bohemia an ideal tourist destination.
Velká Pardubická steeplechase
The historical centre of this metropolis is made for beautiful walks along the picturesque alleys and nooks of the home the Pernštejn family built in the XVI century. The most interesting places to visit are the château, the view from the Green Gate and Pernštýnské Square. The majestic castle of Kunětická Hora, located only 7 km from Pardubice, offers great views to the peaks of Krkonoše Mountains, Orlické (Eagle) Mountains and Železné Mountains. And nearby, at the feet of the castle, is the Gingerbread Museum in a gingerbread house.
OPEN-AIR MUSEUM IN VESELÝ KOPEC This charming group of buildings is a testimony of the lives an work of common peasants of the first half of the XIX century to the mid XX century. The small
Monastery Gardens in Litomyšl agricultural settlement is complemented by small rural buildings like granaries, sheds and larders, as well as a water powered machine. Of the various events held here every year, the most important is the Veselokopecký annual fair (21 – 22/7/2018), with arts and crafts, traditional products and folk music.
LITOMYŠL, THE REGION’S ARCHITECTURAL GEM The recently renovated hilltop of the Litomyšl château will impress visitors with its refinement and imposing architecture. The UNESCO listed Renaissance château is a must-see, together with its brewery (the birthplace of famous Czech composer Bedřich Smetana), the Church of the Holy Cross and the Piarist College, while the charming gardens, with the works of Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek, are an ideal place to relax.
Veselý Kopec Orlické Cyklo & In-line Kingdom
ORLICKÉ (EAGLE) MOUNTAINS AND KRÁLICKÝ SNĚŽNÍK The north-eastern part of region, with the Orlické – Eagle Mountains and Králický Sněžík, the third highest mountain range in the Czech Republic, is tailormade for an active holiday. For example, Orlické Cyklo & In-Line Kingdom offers excellent conditions for bicycle trips and the Dolní Morava Resort, at the feet of Králický Sněžník, offers plenty of fun for families and adrenaline lovers. Another unique experience is the Sky Walk, a wooden observation tower that takes visitors to a height of 55 metres. And in winter, this region is very popular with skiers. You can find more tips for trips in Eastern Bohemia in the official tourist website:
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BROUMOVSKO – A Region of Sandstone Formations and Baroque Monuments Welcome to a region of culture that combines the beautiful nature of rock giants with Baroque architectural treasures. A region that blends beautiful works of nature and the human hands. A region that enchants the lovers of history, sports, architecture, culture or hiking, and the enthusiasts of adrenaline and unusual experiences. A region where you can relax and recharge your energies. A region where famous Baroque architects left their mark. A region with cultural, social and sports events throughout the year. A region where you can find
places to stop and enjoy beautiful views or contemplate the calm of centuries-old churches. A history with a unique spirit of history and present that will delight families, lonely pilgrims and active tourists. A region where you can test the limit of your abilities by bicycle or foot. A region that will captivate you.
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BROUMOVMONASTERY – Educational and Cultural Center Enjoy the baroque…
Three Roses restaurant or at Café Dientzenhofer. The charming monastery gardens are full of beautiful secluded places to relax, or you can rent a bike to explore other places in this unique region.
An impressive Baroque complex (the monastery was founded in 13 th century) with guided tours throughout the year that include the Mummies of Vamberk and a unique copy of the Turin Shroud, with a cultural, social and educational program that will enrich your leisure time. Visitors can find accommodation in the renovated Benedictine cells of Dům hostů (Guest House) and enjoy great food at the
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FOLLOW THE BEAUTIES OF THE Discover the local countryside, Baroque monasteries, churches, chateaux, and gardens. Discover the north of the Pilsen Region, which experienced an unmatched progress during the period. Hrádek u Sušice Chateau
Visit the most beautiful Baroque locations in the Pilsen Region, learn about painting, sculpture, music, as well as fashion, the aromas and the culinary art of this grand, dynamic and decorative era. Choose a summer day and take part in this year’s
Summer Baroque Festival: 8 June Mariánská Týnice – the grand opening of the festival in the priorate and the Church of our Lady 15 June Klatovy – St. Vitus Baroque Night in the St. Lawrence church and the city parks (Baroque music concert, tasting of culinary delicacies of the period, fireworks) 23 June Monastery in Plasy – The St. John Gate to the trades – workshops in the Architectural Heritage Center in the monastery complex 4 – 8 July
Nepomuk and its surroundings – Under Five Stars – a concert series in sacral landmarks in the birthplace of St. Johannus Nepomuceni
BAROQUE IN THE PILSEN REGION 13 – 15 July
Baroque Weekend in Tachov – an evening festival in the city museum, and a theatre performance and a concert in the monumental riding hall in Světice u Tachova
Nebílovy Chateau – Flower Festival – visitors of this Baroque chateau can try out the art of flower arranging
Hrádek u Sušice Chateau – Baroque festival – music, dance, aromas and specialties of the Baroque period, and fireworks
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Svojšín Chateau – Garden Fest or The Blossoms of Baroque – flower presentation in the chateau gardens and interiors, a concert in the St. Peter and Paul church Monastery in Kladruby
Monastery in Kladruby – Monastery Baroque Night – dances, performances, and an accompanying program in Baroque style
Manětín Chateau – a festive closing of the festival
If you travel the Pilsen Region on a bicycle, you can follow three theme cycling routes called Baroque with atypical rest stops in places with interesting views to Baroque landmarks.
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