Compact archive March 22, 2007

Tourist summer season outside Prague

Castle Konopiste Many castles and chateaus in the Czech Republic will open their gates after several winter months at the beginning of April. Several of them will offer special events during the summer.

Krivoklat is open from 1st of April and already from 7th to 9th April you can visit there ‘Castle Easter’ with Easter markets, concerts, mass, and theater performances. During summer visitors can look forward to many festivals and other events.

Koneprusy caves, about 30 kilometers from Prague, will be open for the first time this year on 31st March. This largest system of caves in the Czech Republic will be open to the public every day, including holidays. In April, May, June and September the caves are open from 8:00 to 16:00, in July and August from from 8:00 to 17:00. In October only to 15:00.

Karlstejn Castle is one of the best-known castles in the Czech Republic. It is open from the 1st March 2007 until the 6th January 2008 (except the 10th April 2007). All tours at State Castle Konopiste near Prague will be open to the public from 1st April.

Tourist summer season in Prague

Gardens at Prague Castle The tourist summer season starts in one week, namely on the 1st April, and finishes at the end of October. Many monuments and places will be open again or their opening times will be prolonged.

The garden below Prague Castle will be open again on Sunday 1st April. They are now cleaned and checked, just like the Wallenstein Garden and Vrtba Garden. Old Town Bridge Tower near Charles Bridge will newly show a short film about Charles Bridge in two new language versions.

Prague Castle complex will be open from 6:00 until midnight. Buildings and places where tickets are required will be open from 9:00 to 18:00. Funicular Railway to Petrin Hill is now closed due to maintenance, from 31th March it will go in the intervals of 10 minutes. From 1st April you can also use a Troja card, that enables you the entrance to Prague Zoo, Botanical Garden in Troja and nearby Troja chateau.

Prague's concert of Laurie Anderson in June

Laurie Anderson is know for her mixture of music, spoken words, pantomime and fine arts. Fans of her music can look forward to her concert in Prague on 14th July 2007.

The first hit of this American musician and artist was her song ‘O’Superman’ (1981) followed by very successful album ‘Big Science’ (1982). She lives in New York now, her new album was announced to be released in 2008.

Laurie Anderson’s concert in Prague will take place in the Trade Fair Palace (Dukelskych hrdinu 47). Tickets are available via Ticketpro for 1,350 CZK – 200 CZK.

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Restrictions in public transport this Saturday

Source: Dopravni podnik Praha Due to annual Prague International Marathon 2007, there will be restrictions of public transport from 12:00 to 15:00 in the areas of Palachovo square, Jiraskovo square, Palackeho square, Vyton, Nusle, Podoli, Ujezd and Lesser Town.

Lines no. 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 24 will go on alternative routes, line no. 21 will be shortened. Additional bus X-3 will go from Podolska vodarna to Prazskeho povstani. Bus line no. 133 will end in Florenc from 12:00 to 13:30 and from 13:30 to 15:00 it will be diverted and finished in Malostranska. Bus line no. 176 will go from Stadion Strahov diverted to Andel and Na Knizeci.

Detailed information will be placed on the information boards at the stops. The travellers are recommended to use metro. There are also restrictions on the roads in the centre of Prague.

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Collective wedding ceremony in Prague

Vrtba Garden - popular place for weddings The date 07/07/07 is a magic date for many couples who want to get married. Also other dates in summer are already booked up. The town hall in Prague 11 decided, therefore, to organize the first collective wedding ceremony.

Up to 50 couples will be married near Chodovska tvrz in Prague 11. The couple will say their ‘I do’ on the popular date 7th July. Other town halls will solve the situation in another way, they will solemnize from dawn to dusk.

The couples chose various places in Prague for their wedding ceremonies, such as Vrtba garden in Lesser Town, Old Town City Hall in the city centre, royal park Stromovka, Letna gardens or most recently also in the Zoo in Prague. Read more about Czech traditions on weddings.

Prague expects football hooligans

The Czech Republic will play against Germany in Saturday’s European Championship qualifier in Prague. Police forces expect about 18,000 football fans from the Czech Republic and about 3,000 from Germany.

According to police experience, up to 1,000 hooligans without tickets for the match are planning to go to Prague this weekend. The police prepared, therefore, special security measures that will last from Friday to Sunday. Police expect disturbances not only at the stadium but also in local pubs and bars.

10 German experts on football violence will help Czech policemen take care of the situation. The police will regulate the transport in the area around the stadium. At the same time they have to coordinate another event in Prague – the Prague International Marathon that is held this Saturday.

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