Compact archive March 19, 2007

Entrance fee to several monuments in Prague more expensive

Petrin Observation Tower in Prague The entrance to several popular monuments in Prague is more expensive. The administrators of these monuments were forced to increased the entrance fee because of higher payments for gas, electricity and wages.

Among those monuments, where visitors have to pay more now, are Petrin Observation Tower, Old Town City Hall, Old Town Hall Tower and Old Town Bridge Tower, National Museum. The Seaworld announced a big rise in prices (from 150 CZK to 240 CZK).

Also Prague Zoo increased the prices of tickets at the beginning of the year. Troja card that enables the entrance to Prague Zoo, Botanical Garden and Troja chateau costs now 200 CZK instead 120 CZK.

Although the profits from the entrance fee cover a big part of the costs, the monuments have to be funded from the city budget. Prague city also offers several tourist information centres where employees provide tourists with information for free.


Lord Mayer of Prague will climb Mount Everest

The flag of Prague and the flag of the Czech Republic will probably fly on the highest mountain of the world Mount Everest soon. The Lord Mayor of Prague Pavel Bem and five other mountaineers will climb Mount Everest from the north side from Tibet.

Their expedition is supposed to take 2 months starting at the end of this week. Their route to the top is considered to be one of the more difficult ones. Pavel Bem’s occupation is a doctor, so he will support the expedition with medical care.

Pavel Bem has always wanted to climb Mount Everest and he took unpaid leave of absence to make his child dream come true. Many politicians, however, expressed their objections against such a long trip.

Three Prague restaurants recommended by Michelin guide

World famous French guide through restaurants, Michelin – Main Cities of Europe 2007, placed three restaurants in Prague among recommended ones. Although the guide has not been published yet, it is already on internet.

Among the three restaurants are Aromi, specialized in Italian cuisine, and Brasserie M and Le Terroir – both French. No Czech restaurant has been awarded by a star yet.

According to Mag Consulting, there are about 300 restaurants with exotic cuisine in Prague. These restaurants belong among the most popular. But Czech cuisine is not that bad, is it?

Babylon A.D. with Vin Diesel is shot in Prague now

We already informed you that the makers of a new film Babylon A.D. were going to shoot in Prague, in Prague Barrandov film studio. They have already arrived, and the studio is now being changed into many scenes for the movie with Vin Diesel.

One of the scene shot in Barrandov film studio shows a submarine in an icy ocean, others show a Brooklyn square, markets and the railway station, the interior of the submarine, as well as the interior of a train and an armour transporter.

The story of Babylon A.D. tells about a mercenary who has to transport a young woman infected by a virus from Russia to Canada. A group of fanatics want to use the woman for creating a saviour. Next to Vin Diesel you can see Michelle Yeoh, Gerard Depardieu and Charlotte Rampling.


Road restrictions during Prague International Marathon

View of Charles Bridge The big event, eagerly anticipated by many sportsmen and sportswomen, the Prague International Marathon, is held already this Saturday in the centre of Prague. Especially drivers in Prague can expect several restrictions.

The route starts in Charles Bridge, it continues via Knights of the Cross Square, nabrezi Kapitana Jarose, Cechuv bridge, Libensky bridge, Karlin and back to the city centre via streets Revolucni, Na Prikope and Narodni trida. From Rasinovo nabrezi, via Palackeho bridge, the marathoners will run to the end of the competition in Jan Palach square where Rudolfinum is seated.

Most Legii will be closed from 12:45 to 15:00, Smetanovo nabrezi as well as Knights of the Cross Square and Jan Palach square will be closed for cars from 11:45 to 15:00. Tesnovsky tunnel will be closed between 12:15 and 13:15 and Cechuv bridge from 11:45 to 12:30.


Wallenstein Garden open in two weeks again

Splendid Wallenstein Garden situated near Wallenstein Palace, the seat of the Senate of the Czech Republic, will be open again in two weeks. The Wallenstein Garden, which is open to the public without any entrance fee, has been closed since the end of October.

Over winter the workers improved the quality of paths and took care of the animals living in the garden. The statues in the garden are now without protecting covers and the gardeners take care of the spring lawn. The fountains will be functioning according to the weather.

The peacocks and eagle owls survived the mild winter and now they are expecting the young. Visitors of Wallenstein Garden can look forward to regular concerts in Sala terrena.

Play unusual musical instruments at Orbis Pictus exhibition

The Czech Museum of Music in Karmelitska street in Prague displays a unique exhbition that found inspiration from works of J. A. Komensky, who laid the bases of modern education.

The exhibition called Orbis Pictus was created by twelve Czech artists headed by Petr Nikl. It shows many unusual instruments, that nourish the fantasy of visitors, such as water organ or drums from metal sticks. Everybody can participate in playing the instruments.

The exhibition is well-suited for the whole family. It is held in the Czech Museum of Music in Prague until 30th April. Then it will move into Brno, Kromeriz, Opava and then to Italy and Canada.

The museum is open daily (except Tuesday) from 10:00 – 18:00. From 18:30 there is an additional musical programme for everybody with a valid ticket for the exhibition (ticket for the additional programme only is available for 100 CZK).