Compact archive April 2, 2007

Finally St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle for free

The view of Prague Castle with its dominant St Vitus Cathedral A lot of attention has been given recently on the ‘struggle’ between the office of the President of the Czech Republic and the Church over the St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. Last week they made an agreement – they will take care of the monument together, but the cathedral will be in the property of the state.

The ownership of the cathedral will be completely handed over to the state on 16th April 2007. Good news is that from 5th April visitors don’t have to pay entrance fee any more. Until then everybody, who is interested in the most famous cathedral in the Czech Republic, has to pay 100 CZK.

St Vitus Cathedral has not been included in the Prague Castle tours since last September. The litigation between the state and the Church has already taken for many years now and will most probably continue.

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Prague wants to develop river transport

Ships on the Vltava river with Charles Bridge and Prague Castle behind Probably in a few years people can use ships on the Vltava river in Prague as a new means of the public transport or to visit popular destinations in South Bohemia, such as Slapy or Orlik dams.

That’s the plan of Prague city together with central Bohemia region. The ships could play an important role in tourism and development of the regions. To realise such a project, several docks and hotels near the river have to be built.

The ship transport could not only reach destinations in the Czech Republic, such as Zbraslav or Slapy, but also distant German city Hamburg.

United Islands of Prague 2007

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In June many Prague islands as well as streets of Prague will be full of music thanks to the 4th music festival United Islands of Prague. This year even with no entrance fee.

The opening programme will take place in several Prague music clubs. The second day the festival will move to Detsky, Strelecky and Slovansky islands and to Janackovo nabrezi.

The festival will offer many music genres, such as rock, jazz, world music, folk, hip hop and many others. Besides that, the islands as well as neighbouring streets and parks will host theatre performances, workshops, film projections, etc.

More than 100 bands, musicians and DJ’s from 20 countries were performing there last year. The festival was visited by 15,000 people, this year organizers expect even more.

This year’s festival will be held from 21st to 23rd June. The information about the programme of the festival will be displayed on www.unitedislands.cz.

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Referendum on Freud's statue in Prague

Even a referendum can be organized to discuss such a matter as which statue will be placed in a small square in Prague that doesn’t even have its own official name. It’s often called Goat Ground (Kozi placek). Some of the local inhabitants don’t like to idea to place a statue of Sigmund Freud by Michal Gabriel in there.

The Goat ground can be found in the city centre in the intersection of streets Kozi, Hastalska, Vezenska and U Obecniho dvora. Several goats were brought there in October to protest against the statue. The inhabitants can express their opinion in the street referendum held on 13th April 2007.

The statue of Sigmund Freud shows the co-founder of psychoanalytic school sitting behind a table, on which there is a smaller version of Sigmund Freud sitting behind a table, and so on. According to the author, the table is in the shape of Goat Ground and Freud’s face is turned to the busiest place, to Old Town Square.

The best pictures of Prague on display now

The most interesting pictures of Prague compete every year in Praha fotograficka competition. These days you can see the best of them in the cloister of the Church of Our Lady of The Snows in Jungmannovo namesti.

The aim of the 11th competition was to show the present Prague and its contrasts. For the first time in the history of the contest there are more pictures depicting the people and the street life than historical monuments.

The exhibition will be held until 29th April. Jugmannovo namesti (square) is just a few steps from Wenceslas Square (via 28. rijna). From there you can also get to lovely Franciscan Garden.

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Sunny weekend packed Prague attractions

Pelicans in Prague Zoo Sunny weekend attracted many people to go out and enjoy the nice weather in Prague. Prague Zoo in Troja was visited by almost 13,000 people on Saturday and even 15,000 on Sunday.

Three baby goats and a baby giraffe got their names by famous Czech people on Sunday. Yesterday visitors could also use the advantageous Troja card for the first time this year.

Tourists filled the favourite places in Prague, such as Prague Castle and its gardens, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square with Easter markets and Charles Bridge over the Vltava River.

Since the beginning of April, many monuments and places has been open again. The weather forecast still promises pleasant temperatures about 15˚C (59 ˚F) in Prague for the rest of April.

Prague hosted the World's Championship in Sudoku

Last weekend Prague’s Top Hotel hosted the 2nd Sudoku World’s Championship where the best puzzle-solvers competed for the special title The World’s Sudoku Champion. This title was finally given to American Thomas Snyder. Second was Juhej Kusui from Japan and third Peter Hudak from Slovakia.

The Prezident of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, who presented himself as a big fan of Sudoku, came personally to support all 140 competitors from 32 countries.

The Czech competitors did not proceed to the final, but they won the third position is the group competition. Last year it was Czech economist Jana Tylova who won the first title of Sudoku champion.