Compact archive March 23, 2007

Langweil model of Prague will be displayed again

Langweil's model of Prague made between 1826 and 1837 Langweil model, one of the most popular item of the collection of the Museum of the City of Prague (Na Porici 52), will be displayed again from 11th April 2007. The model has been repaired and cleaned since October.

The model of historical Prague will be put into a new showcase with good lighting. Visitors can better see the central parts of the model in detail thanks to a new revolving camera. Langweil model is now being digitized, his 3D version will be ready next year.

The model was made between 1826 and 1837 from cardboard and wood. The model is in many cases the only witness of how some parts of central Prague looked almost 200 years ago.


Prague wants to break the world's record in Half Marathon

The marathon ends in front of Rudolfinum Everybody can participate in the 2007 Hervis Prague Half Marathon, which is held, together with Hervis Corporate Half Marathon, this Saturday. By popular demand, the organizers limited the number of participants to 6,000.

The organizers have one aim this year – to break the world’s record. They invited the best runners who may reach the distance of 21kms and 97.5 meters in less than one hour. The main hope rests on three runners from Kenya Patrick Mutuku Ivuti, William Todoo Rotich and Ken Jacob Yator.

If the runners run at speed of 2 minutes 50 seconds per kilometer, they could manage. Among other stars are Czech athletes Roman Sebrle and Ludmila Formanova who will shoot from the start pistol. People can still register for the marathon today in Ovocny trh until 20:00. The winner will get €3500, if his/her time is better than 58 minutes 53 seconds, the award is €60,000.

See also restrictions in Prague public transport and restrictions on the roads in the centre of Prague during the marathon.


Paul Oakenfold in Amazing City party in Prague

The world’s most expensive DJ Paul Oakenfold will be one of the stars at the party Amazing City that will take place in T-Mobile Arena (Za Elektrarnou 419) in Prague Exhibition Ground on 13th April 2007.

Visitors can also look forward to Eddie Halliwell from England, who is DJ no.1 according to the music magazine Mixmag, then to Johan Gielen from the Netherlands, Judge Jules, Matt Hardwick and Daniele Divoli from England, and Czech DJ LayDee Jane.

The party will be full of music, multimedia laser show and professional dancers. Tickets (as well as printable ETickets) for 715 CZK (VIP 1,350 CZK) can be bought via Ticketpro.


Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle opens a new exhibition

A new museum will be open at Prague Castleat Lobkowicz Palace which now belongs to Prince William Lobkowicz, the ancestor of famous Czech noble family. Lobkowicz Palace will show exquisite parts of Lobkowicz treasure from the beginning of April.

On the walls of recently reconstructed palace you can see paintings of Lucas Cranach or Pieter Brueghel. One of the most precious paintings are two panoramas of historic London before the Great Fire made by painter Canaletto. The exhibition includes also a collection of guns.

In the price of the ticket are also included headphones for a taped self guided tour. People can also hear the Mozart’s composition whose original score is displayed in the palace.


Summer time will cause delays

The summer time in most parts of Europe starts already this Sunday. We will move the hands of our watches one hour forward. The Czech Republic has used the summer time since 1979. This year the summer time (ST) ends on Sunday 28th October.

Regular night trams and buses in Prague will go according to regular timetables. Line no. 601 will depart from stop Chaplinovo namesti in Prague-Barrandov in the direction of Lety in 1:45 and 4:45 (ST). From the other direction at 3:45 (ST). Line no. 602 will depart from stop Sidliste Repy to Beroun at 3:08 (ST).

Many trains in the Czech Republic will be due to the time changes delayed. Three international trains to Krakow, Warsaw and Vienna will get delay in Petrovice near Karvina. Fast trains to Dresden and Bratislava will be get delayed in Pardubice. The stays at stations will be shortened to reduce the delay.


Czech population grows

For the first time since the foundation of the Czech Republic in 1993 there were more people born than people who died last year. 105,800 children were born and 104,400 people died. At the end of 2006 there were 10,287,189 people living in the Czech Republic.

12,530 children were born in Prague last year, which is about 600 babies more than year before. 12,274 Prague people died in 2006. 6841 couples got married in Prague, 3737 marriages were divorced. There are now 1,188,126 inhabitants in Prague.

The increased number of children is caused by the population explosion in the late 70’s. Women, who are now about 30 years old and who have studied or built their carrier, now decide to have a baby.