Compact archive February 9, 2007

New services and exhibitions at Prague Castle

Prague Castle Administration improves their services. This year for the first time tourists visiting Prague Castle will read interesting information in ten languages including Chinese and Japanese From the beginning of April they will be able to pay in Euros and by credit cards.

Two new information bureaus will be open this year. First one will be in newly reconstructed Riding School near the entrance to the Prague Castle (near tram stops), the other will be on the 2nd courtyard next to the Prague Castle Picture Gallery. Right now it is even possible to buy tickets pro Christmas concerts.

Prague Castle will also open new and unique exhibitions showing items that have not been displayed yet. Next week people can visit a new exhibition devoted to guns and rifles. Visitors can see, for example, guns used in the Wild West.

Another exhibition will continue in the series of Prague Castle Photographs, this time from the period 1939 – 1989. It will show pictures that used to be private and from the period of totalitarian regime. After three decades visitors will be able to explore the collection of Mikolas Ales works. Mikolas Ales exhibition will show the best works of this famous painter.


Exhibition of orchids in Prague's Botanical Garden

Prague’s Botanical Garden in Troja will give an exhibition of beautiful orchids the way they grow in their natural environment. The exhibition follows the last year’s exhibition of orchids that become very successful.

Visitors can admire many kinds of orchids and learn how to take care of them and arrange them. The flowers are also available for sale. People can also visit Fata Morgana greenhouse at night, but only by prior arrangements.

The exhibition starts tomorrow and will last until 25th February. It’s open daily from 9:00 to 16:00. People can also visit Prague Zoo in Troja or Troja chateau.


The inscription was damaged deliberately

The Hebrew inscription on the Crucifix and Calvary on Charles Bridge has not been damaged by a vandal but by a person who damaged the inscription deliberately and who had prepared necessary equipment before the act.

The restorers announced that the inscription was cut with a pair of pliers or scissors. The municipal authorities filed a lawsuit yesterday against an unknown defendant. The valuable inscription will be most probably displaced by its replica.


Restrictions on the way to the Prague's Exhibition Ground

Due to the renovation of a house in the street Dukelskych hrdinu in Prague 7, the route between Strossmayerovo namesti (Strossmayer Square) and Prague’s Exhibition Ground (Vystaviste) in Holesovice will be closed to the public transport.

Trams no. 12 and 15 will therefore go via stops Vltavska and Prazska trznice. Trams no. 14 and 17 will go via Vltavska, Prazska trznice and Ortenovo namesti. Line no. 5 will follow its regular route to the Exhibition Ground.

These restrictions will only last for 9 hours, on 11th February 2007 from 5:00 to 14:00.


Outlet Airport Praha will have 174 shops

New outlet centre called Outlet Airport Praha is now being built near the Prague’s international airport Ruzyne. It will be the only large outlet centre in Prague in near future. The Czech Republic has now only one such an outlet centre, in Hate near Znojmo, while there are over 120 large outlets in the whole Europe. Most of them are in Italy.

The operator of the Outlet centre in Prague, B. Cosulting, has already contracts with 60 brands and is dealing with another 110. The outlet will sell clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics, perfumes, toys, and many more. People will relax in bars and restaurants. Outlet Airport Praha will offer the space of 50 000 m2 and parking places for 2500 cars. The whole project will cost 1,5 billion Czech crowns.

Outlet centres come from the United States. Companies use the outlet centres for selling the their older collections for lower prices. “The minimum discount in outlet malls is 30%,” said Roberto Pedrotti from B. Consulting.

Valentine's Day in the National Gallery in Prague

National Gallery in Prague organizes a special action on 14th February, St Valentine’s Day. On that day, the entrance fee will be for a special price. What’s more, a woman who is accompanied by a man will enter the exhibitions for free.

An exhibition called For the Honour of St Valentine alias Secular Delights in the Works of Medieval Artists. For those who master Czech language there will be a lecture starting at 16:00.

Erotic themes in the works of Manes, Svabinsky and Preisler can be seen at the exhibition in Trade Fair Palace. A special commented tour starts at 16:30.

All permanent exhibitions of the National Gallery in Prague will be open on 14th February from 10:00 to 18:00.