Compact archive December 18, 2006

Christmas cribs in Liechtenstein Palace in Prague

Liechtenstein Palace displays an exhibition of the traditional Christmas Cribs. The exhibition is organized by the Czech State Administration, it was open last Saturday by Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mirek Topolanek.

Visitors can see old Christmas cribs borrowed from the National Museum, cribs from children’s houses and cribs made by students of The Academy of Arts, Architecture And Design in Prague from glass, ceramics, porcelain, metal and jewel.

The exhibition is open in Classicist Liechtenstein Palace (U Sovovych mlynu 4 street) in Prague’s Kampa every day from 10:00 to 18:00 until 20th December. The entrance is free.


Public transport in Prague during holidays

If you are going to spend Christmas holidays or New Year’s Eve in Prague, you might be interested in the timetables of public transport those days. Here is a short summary.

On Christmas Eve the metro will go until 19:00 according to timetables for Saturday. From 19:00 it will run in intervals of 20 minutes. The number of trams will be cut down from 16:30, between 18:00 and 19:00 the trams will start to follow timetables at night (until 7:00 the next day). On 25th and 26th December the public transport will follow timetables for Sunday.

From 27th to 29th December the metro and trams will follow timetables for holidays. On New Year’s Eve metro will go according to the timetables for Saturday, trams and buses for Sunday. Some buses will end between 20:00 and 21:00. From 20:00 to 01:30 the metro will run in intervals of 20 minutes.


Prague ZOO open during holidays

Zoological garden in Prague is open during winter. There are approximately 40 to 50 thousand visitors during winter. Prague ZOO is also open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Visitors can bring food those day and feed the animals together with the breeders.

Prague ZOO is open during winter from 9:00 to 16:00, on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day only till 14:00. In cold season the Prague ZOO displays an exposition Nothern Forest with reindeer and elks.

Prague ZOO also celebrates these day 2nd birthday of the first gorilla born in Czech ZOO. At the end of January gorilla Kamba will have her first baby, in May gorilla Kijivu will give Moja a little brother or sister.


Christmas decorations and fireworks in Prague

Prague, especially the centre of the city, is full of Christmas decorations on every step. The city devoted plenty of money to create the special Christmas atmosphere. Probably the most beautiful atmosphere is in Prague Old Town Square with a large Christmas tree and Christmas markets. Just the tree cost 1 million CZK.

The decorations on Na Prikope street in the centre of Prague cost 1,1 million CZK. Even though the city has to pay a lot of money on Christmas decorations, it has big profits from hiring open spaces for Christmas markets. Even the smallest towns and villages try to have some Christmas decorations.

On the other hand, the towns in the Czech republic do not want to spend so much money on New Year’s fireworks. It is up to private companies to organize fireworks. It is different from 1999, at the start of the new millennium, when the towns wanted to show off. Buying pyrotechnics is legal in the Czech Republic.


Drug addicts move from the main railway station to the city

The necessary reconstruction of the main railway station in Prague has already started. The station will be reconstructed to become an attractive place for shopping, spending a free time and pleasant travelling. But the reconstruction has already brought some negative affects: drug addicts moved from the main station to the city.

The main railway station was a place with a high number of drug addicts, prostitutes and homeless people. With the reconstruction they come back where they used to be before – near the metro stations, especially Flora, Muzeum, Mustek, I.P.Pavlova, namesti Miru or Karlovo namesti.

Prague, as any other big cities, attracts drug addicts for its anonymity, easy accessibility of drugs and money. There are about 8 – 10 thousand drug addicts in Prague.