Reviews

Prague Aquapark Barrandov

Aquapark Barrandov For all the water- lovers there is a possibility to enjoy the Prague Aquapark Barrandov. It offers many ways to make sport or relax; for children there is a wading pool with a mini switchback and mini spouters. If you are courageous you can try the 115 metres long, red switchback. For those who have yet more courage there is the blue 62 metres long switchback, which you slip down on two-seat inflatable crafts. But if you only want to relax, try a whirlpool, massage jets and waterspouters. And when you are fed up with water, there are massage beds with massage air. For better swimmers there is wild river with artificial back flow. In the centre there you can also find a 25 metres long swimming pool.

The area is accompanied by the restaurant Mirage Blue, which is located in the area of aquacentre on the first floor with view of the swimming pool and switchbacks. This restaurant is opened not only for visitors of aquacentre, but also for the general public.

If you want to see complete information, you will find it Here

Bambini di Praga still popular

Bambini di Praga was established after WW II. It was a concept of post-war Czechoslovak radio. The official title of the choir was the Children‘s choir of Czechoslovak Radio, but they were called “Kulincata” (Kulinsky’s Children). This choir originated in Ostrava – Hrabuvka in Moravia. Young teacher Bohumil Kulinsky founded his first choir and called it the Hrabuvka singers. It was an excellent choir and in the year of its foundation it won a country-wide anonymous competition of children choirs. It was the competition which was announced by School radio in the then Nazi-occupied Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. And so the choirmaster of the victorious choir was invited to the post-war Czechoslovak radio. It happened in September 1945. Since then the children’s choir could be heard on waves of Czechoslovak radio for almost 30 years.

The members of the Bambini di Praga’s concert choir are children from 5 to 12. They studied choral singing, music theory, intonation and rythm and also English language and motion training.

More information on Bambini di Praga here

Kotva versus Palladium

palladium in prague - new mall 07 It will soon be possible to shop in a new supermarket complex at the Republic square (Namesti republiky). Let’s make a little comparison with the old one.

The old supermarket, Kotva (Anchor), at Namesti republiky, built 1970 – 1975, was supposed to became a symbol of richness and plenitude of socialism. It was the biggest supermarket in the former Czechoslovakia. However at the end it showed the exact opposite – thanks to the usual supply problem most of the time the shelves offered only gaping emptiness. According to the author’s opinion, the only people who go to Kotva nowadays are the Russians, and most of the store offers only over-priced leather goods.

Palladium has been built for about 5 years, the work was slowed down thanks to the fact the whole center of Prague stands on archaeological sites. It was build in a shell of a historical building, with new basement floors. This way, it didn’t make any harm to the face of Prague, as we know it. It comprises of office and dining facilities along with Prague’s largest inner city parking garage. It was built not only as a center of commerce but also as a lively retail anchor and meeting point. The selection of shops was based on questionnaires, filled in by 1500 locals, to assure to fulfill the needs. Not burdened by the communist past, Palladium is a new and fresh place for our shopping. Opens on 25th of October.

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Don't underestimate old Czech ladies..

Do you know how to behave in metro? Do you know what’s the etiquette when using the public transport in Prague? We have picked a lovely article for you that might tell you more about the “right behaviour” in Prague.

I moved to Prague almost a year ago and I am proud to say I have not driven a car since I have been here. The “California Girl” in me is bitter, but the rest of me is quite pleased. There has been no reason to drive a car. The public transportation system here rocks – and rocks hard…like Bon Jovi. It’s really the best I’ve ever seen.

So, although I prefer to walk this lovely city, I shall now tell you how to avoid certain mistakes whilst using public transit. There is a system of etiquette here in Prague. If you don’t follow it I will glare at you from the Metro platform. You have been warned. (read the whole article).

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Czech mentality and geography

Today we bring you an interesting article focusing on the relation between Czech mentality and geographical position. What’s your view?

A lack of access to the sea is an important factor in the development of Czech thinking patterns. Being landlocked inside a crater-shaped basin has laid the foundations of the Czech mentality. […]

Czechs don’t have megalomaniacal ambitions and projects, with the possible exceptions of the Zizkov TV tower and Vladimir Remek, the first non-American/non-Soviet cosmonaut.

Living in an enclosed space, threatened by potential attackers on all sides, makes you concentrate on taking care of what you have. (read the whole article)

Festival Rock For People review

We bring you a detailed review of the biggest festival in the Czech Republic, Rock For People, held at the area of Hradec Kralove airport from 4th to 6th July 2007.

Resume: 3 days, 24 bands, most clothes wet, all pairs of trousers and shoes muddy, sun burnt face – the best holiday in my life!

It’s always been my dream to go to a rock festival. I know that to many of you it isn’t such a big deal but for me it’s never been that easy. There was either no money or no people who would undergo that with me. And so I was ineffably happy when my friend said she would go with me. We bought our tickets about 2 months in advance and before we realized the day D arrived.

[…] The overall organization of this festival that is the biggest in the Czech Republic was impressive. Needless to say, all the 17 thousand people who visited the festival were impressive too. There were no drunken fights, no aggression, no drugs, no stealing – as far as my friend and I noticed. (the whole article)

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May 1st – an unordinary day in Prague

Do you want to know more about celebrating 1st May in the Czech Republic? We bring you some ideas:

The celebrations of May 1st are in many people’s mind connected with the huge celebrations during the communist regime. For over forty years, there were float parades in all big cities in the back then Czechoslovakia. The biggest parade was, of course, in Prague, to be more precise, in Letna Plain, Prague 7.

The participation on those massive communist manifestations celebrating the Labor Day was mandatory. People had to go if they didn’t want to have troubles. And so the big plain in Letna witnessed every year on May 1st the same scenario – thousands of people waving little Czechoslovak and Soviet flags at the communists party officials who were seated on a tribune decorated in red, with huge pictures of Marxist leaders and signs “With Soviet Union Forever”. For everyone this was a waste of time… (read the whole article)

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Sunny weekend packed Prague attractions

Pelicans in Prague Zoo Sunny weekend attracted many people to go out and enjoy the nice weather in Prague. Prague Zoo in Troja was visited by almost 13,000 people on Saturday and even 15,000 on Sunday.

Three baby goats and a baby giraffe got their names by famous Czech people on Sunday. Yesterday visitors could also use the advantageous Troja card for the first time this year.

Tourists filled the favourite places in Prague, such as Prague Castle and its gardens, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square with Easter markets and Charles Bridge over the Vltava River.

Since the beginning of April, many monuments and places has been open again. The weather forecast still promises pleasant temperatures about 15˚C (59 ˚F) in Prague for the rest of April.

What makes Prague so unique?

Have you ever wondered what makes Prague special in many ways? Next to the most popular sights, such as the complex of Prague Castle (which is the largest castle complex in the world), Charles Bridges with 30 statues or Old Town Squre with the Astronomical Clock, there are things that Prague can be proud of.

The centre of Prague is the largest historical city reserve in the world, written on the UNESCO list. The statue of Jan Zizka on Vitkov Hill is the biggest equestrian statue in the world. Charles square (Karlovo namesti) is one of the largest squares in Europe.

Strahov stadium in Prague 6 is the largest stadium in the world (63,000 square meters). Sport hall Sazka Arena is one of the most modern building of its kind, it can be easily transform for sport to cultural events. Underneath the hall are pipes that provide 4 restaurants, 7 bars and 20 snack-bar with beer. The system is able to tap 10,000 liters of beer in 15 minutes.

The tram system is considered to be the densest in Europe. It transports about 340 million people a year. Gas lamps are coming back to the historical part of the city, soon they will appear on Charles Bridge. The design of the Dancing House is world unique.

Shakira enchanted Prague

Thirty years old Shakira, who lives in America but was born in Colombia, performed last Saturday for the first time in front of the Czech audience. She visited Prague during her European tour Oral Fixation.

About 12,000 people could hear about 16 songs during her 90-minute performance. Shakira made crowds of people dance on her rhythmic songs. According to many critics, Shakira didn’t copy big shows based on light or pyrotechnical effects, but was able to attract her audience by her temperament, charisma and dance performances.

Another star that will visit Prague presently is Lionel Richie whose concert is scheduled for this Friday in Prague Sazka Arena. Tickets are still available.

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I wish you were here

Today we picked for you a very nice article about Prague dedicated to the author’s mother. We hope you will like it, too.

Today I visited the Lennon Wall and thought of you. This wall was created after Lennon was shot and was originally a memorial of graffitti that was not approved by the government and was painted over. The artists continued to come back to the same spot, no matter how many times the police had the wall repainted until it became the only location in Prague where it is legal to graffitti and express oneself artisitcally on the side of a public wall. This wall reminded me of you and I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it… (the whole article)

Prague in the eyes of an American

If you plan to visit Prague, we would like to point out a very nice article by American traveller Chris Amisano to you. He talks not only about top Prague sights but also about Prague’s concerts, museums, transportation, shopping, Prague people or a trip to Kutna Hora. His attractive way of talking makes his rather long article worth reading.

Another necessity in visiting Prague is Petrin Hill, the highest location in the city. The Hill is surrounded by park and is reached either by walking up or taking the funicular train. Any Prague transportation ticket will work on the funicular, so if you buy a tram ticket you should be able to use it once you get to Petrin Hill. The Tower on Petrin Hill is a replica of the Eiffel Tower and affords spectacular views of Prague. If you climbed the steps of St. Vitus Cathedral the day before, as my group and I did, be prepared to feel the burn as you go up and down the tower. Once at the top, take more time to just stop, breathe it all in, and take postcard perfect photos… [the whole article]

Honestly the most beautiful city..

Today we bring you a review of a Prague’s visitor who really enjoyed his time here. Will you get inspired?

We visited [Prague] during late sept. in hopes of avoiding crowds but no such luck as ive never seen so many 60 yr old tourists in the same place at the same time. The main streets are crowded and packed with walking tours which take away from the experience but again, dig a lil deeper and find the small places, the side streets, or the locals bar for a true taste of the culture. If you have a taste for architechture then you are going to be in heaven here..

Interested? Clik here and read more!

Journal from Prague

We arrived at the Prague airport around 3 PM local time and we got a taxi to the airport. We stayed at the Corinthia Towers Hotel, which was directly next to a metro stop, which was convenient. We were on the 22nd floor so we had an amazing view of the city below. We took the metro into the city center and walked around and found the Old Town Square, where were took pictures and ate dinner. We had traditional Czech food, which was surprisingly really delicious. We were tired after dinner and went back to the hotel.

Astronomical Clock and Jewish Quarter

Today, I would like to draw your attention to one really engagingly written review about the most famous highlights of any Prague visit. The one deals with the famous Astronomical Clock to be found in the Old Town Square:

... Interestingly this clock, dating back to 1410, does not tell time. Instead it shows the days, seasons, phases of the moon, equinoxes and Christian holidays. To find the time, look at the very top of the 230-foot tower. If you go all the way up there, you’ll also find great views of the city. What’s special about the clock is that a 30-second, politically incorrect medieval morality play begins there every hour…

The second part of the review focuses on another famous part of Prague – the Jewish Quarter:

... The Jewish Quarter, just a short walk from Old Town Hall, contains the remains of Praha’s former Jewish ghetto. There are many synagogue and attractions here. It’s a beautiful area, but depressing when you hear all the tragedy…

To read the rest of the reviews just click here.

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Summer movie theatre review

This review invites you to spend one of your evenings in a summer movie theatre. There are actually three to choose from in Prague – one is to be found on Strelecky (Sharpshooters’) Island, the second one is summer movie theatre River City Prague which shows Czech movies for free. The trio is completed by Karlin Film Summer 2006. There is also the opportunity to pay a visit to Namesti Miru and watch one of the three films shown there that you could read about recently.

This review will detail the last summer theatre, where I saw yesterday a very interesting German film The White Masai about love at first sight between a Swiss young woman and Samburu warrior . The programme offers very good films such as the dark comedy Keeping Mum (tonight), fantastic Chronicles of Narnia, the great Ice Age 2 or the documentary Super Size Me to name at least some of them. The last August evening is reserved for The Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man´s Chest.

One ticket can be purchased for 25 crowns and the films start at half past eight during August. The garden of CRo Regina in Karlin is very conveniently accessible by public transport – concretely there is tram station Urxova nearby (8 and 24) and also metro station Invalidovna (yellow line B). The cinema has very good sound and there is a also stall there with a wide range of refreshments to make the evening perfect.

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Jan Šibík's Stories - More than a mere exhibition

Interest. Disturbance. Fear. Disbelief. Sadness. All of these terms have a common denominator – “Stories”. Until 5th August can you
experience all of these emotions if you visit Jan Šibík’s exhibition. Just pop in when you are in visiting one of the most famous places of Prague – the Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square.

In my view, it is worth seeing for many reasons. Firstly, pay attention who you are buying your ticket from – the famous photographer himself! This allows the visitors to ask questions relating to his work. What an opportunity given his career during which he viewed more than 200 times the most disturbing and decisive moments all over the world through the lens of his camera.

Jan Šibík’s photos won deservedly many awards such as his third place at World Press Photo – “Oscar” in the world of photography and dozens of Czech Press Photo awards. Stories is not only an exhibition but also third of Šibík’s books and both, as the name suggests, “tell” the visitors and viewers various stories from the last five years such as about the Liberian child soldiers, the hidden world of North Korea, violent Iraq, the consequences of the hurricane Katirna or the deadly tsunami that hit Sri Lanka.

To conclude this review, I would like to quote a tourist from London who left in the visitors’ book message containing words such as “amazing” and he also expressed his gladness he “found this exhibition”.

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Mucha and the synagogues

The aim of this review is to bring to you a perspective of a tourists, who sees and appreciates the beauties of Prague – but not only idealistically and starry-eyed. The tourist guides all too often offer impersonal description of the most famous sightseeing spots but the author of this article mentions less famous places of interest. Her personalized account draws your attention to Art Nouveau and synagogues:

...famed art nouveau artist, Alfons Mucha, was from here. So throughout the city, you can see some things he designed, like a stained glass window in the cathedral and the mayor’s office in the municipal building. There’s a small museum of his work too – famed Sarah Bernhardt posters – which was interesting to see.
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And Prague also holds Europe’s oldest synagogue, from the 1200s, and 5 other synagoges as well. ... The Spanish synagogue was my favorite – painted walls, and stained glass, incorporating the Star of David in all the designs. You even can look up – and the chandalier is in the shape of the star.

Should your interests be also directed in this way, you can read the full article here.

A review from Prague

I’ve for you another review from Prague. You can read here about The Museum of Decorative Arts, Crucifix and Calvary or Lennon’s Wall. The author author comments most popular sightseeing of Prague like Astronomical clock.
The story also link to some photos.

After the museum, we decided to wade into the growing crowd of tourists (and the people ready to sell the tourists a bunch of crap). That’s right: We walked over the Charles Bridge (Karlův Most) where I stopped to rub the statue of St. John of Nepomuk. Apparently this means that I will return to Prague in the future. I also stopped to take a picture of the “Crucifix and Calvary” (sousoší Kříže s Kalvárií). To be quite honest, I had no clue that this was a famous statue. I stopped because the golden Hebrew text seemed so out of place on a crucifix. According to Wikipedia, this text was added in 1696 as a punishment for a Prague Jew who had been convicted of “debasing the Holy Cross.”

The article continues here.

Prague rewiew by a Canadian

Today I bring you next review of Prague. The author describes her experience in Prague. She isn’t one of them who breathtakingly gaze at Charles Bridge or the Astronomical clock. I appreciate another point of view, so you can read here another things than usual monument descriptions.

The thing about Czech money was that there was a lot of coins. Not just coins, but giant, heavy coins. The coins were at least twice the weight of the equivalently valued Canadian coin. The dual-metal fifty koruna piece was particularly quite the looker. I imagine Czech men being plagued with hole problems in their trousers.

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