Compact archive August 21, 2006

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.

Tip to trip: Zbraslav chateau

Zbraslav chateau has a history nine hundred years old. Now visitors can see exhibition of National gallery.

In 12th century location of chateau was in ownership of Kladruby monastery, after century and a half, Czech king Premysl Otakar II. build there hunting-seat. Wenceslav II, Otakar’s son, built there monastery. After 39 years the monastery was built, and Wenceslav was burried there after his death.

In 1420 was the cloister burned out by Hussites, after that was repaired. In next years the cloister was despoiled by Hungary army. It was damaged again during Thirty-years war. Te cloister has becoma a chateau in 19th century.

Now there is a depository of National Gallery and collection of Asian art. Now the gallarey presents exhibition Landscapes, birds and flowers. The galllery is opened from Tueasday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A fee is 80 crowns for adults, 40 crowns for kids and students. You can easily get there from Smichov train station by bus (numbers 338, 318, 361, 243, 241, 129). Nearest station is Zbraslavske namesti (square).


Exchange office robbery in Prague centre

Saturday morning was a witness of a robbery in Prague centre exchange office. It happened in street Na Perstyne at 10,30. Three robbers used sub-machine gun and shot a few warning shots through port-hole. A worker obeyed their orders.

Robbers stolen hundreds of thousand crowns. The robbery become in time where is only a few people in surrounding of exchange office.

Eighty-five robberies of banks, post offices and banking institutions happened this year in Prague. The offender was caught in thirty-two cases. Last similar case happened in year 2004 when Commercial bank was robbed in Prague 4.


Petrin tower has 115 years

Petrin Tower is 115 years old. It has been made for Provincial jubilee exhibition in year 1891 as an idea of Czech Tourist Club. This small copy of Paris Eiffel tower was finished 20th August after five months.

The Petrin lookout tower is very popular, offering great view to Prague panorama. Now the funicular to Petrin is closed, so you can get there by foot.

Here is for you photos of Petrin tower.