Compact archive December 15, 2006

Trams will be back in Wenceslas Square

Trams in Prague has been running here for 113 years. The first tram in Prague went from Letenska restaurace to Kralovska obora on 18th July 1891. In the 70’s of the 20th century the trams were almost abolished, metro was suppose to take over the transport. However, trams are still here as a necessary part of the city transport and the city plans to build even more tracks these days.

It has been 26 years since the last tram went along Wenceslas Square, on 13th December 1980 to be exact. Before that the trams had been going on Wenceslas Square for more than 100 years. The city council plans to return trams to this famous sguare, near the National Museum. The trams should come back after finishing the building of the city ring.

Also the Wenceslas Square will look different. According to the project of architect Jakub Cigler, who won the competition for the new look of Wenceslas Square, the square will have wider pavements, more restaurant gardens and shops. There will be only one traffic lane for cars which will park in an underground garage.


Cheap flights to Brussels and Mediterranean countries

Prague airport will increase the number of the flights to the countries at Mediterranean Sea and the Belgian capital in summer next year. The summer season starts at the end of March.

Slovak carrier SkyEurope announced flights to Brussels and, for the first time in history, the direct flight from Prague to Sicily. Nowadays only two air carries, CSA and SN Brussels Airlines, fly to Brussels and the tickets are very expensive. From March SkyEurope will go also to Catania, Burgas, Athens, Thessaloniki and Copenhagen.

Another air low-budget carrier Smartwings plans to fly to Cyprus, Majorca, Crete and Malaga. Last year the low-budget airlines had 12 percent of all passengers travelling from/to Prague, this year it is already 20 percent.


52 casinos will be closed

The Ministry of Finance abolished the licence for two companies running the net of casinos. That means that 52 casinos will do the business no more and the number of casinos in the Czech Republic will be 30 percent lower (129 casinos).

The number of casinos in the Czech Republic is higher than the average in advanced countries. According to the police, the casinos are used for laundering money. Some people are paid to come to the Czech Republic and lose all the money from illegal business in casinos.

The players in casinos in the Czech Republic bet 10,1 billion CZK and won back 8,1 billion CZK last year. The Ministry of Finance has established stricter rules for running casinos in the Czech Republic recently.

New aquapark in Prague before Christmas

A new aquapark in Prague-Barrandov will be most probably open on 22nd December this year. Visitors can look forward to a 25-meter-long swimming pool, 2 slides, a sauna, a whirlpool bath and a restaurant.

The swimming pool will be managed by a private company. The building of the aquapark cost 200 million CZK. The entrance fee will be probably 99 CZK for 90 minutes and 150 CZK for 3 hours.

To Barrandov you can get from Smichovske nadrazi (metro yellow line B) by trams 12, 14 and 20 (stop sidliste Barrandov) or by buses no. 246, 247, 248 (stop V Remizku).