Compact archive April 4, 2007

Beware of pickpockets in Prague

Crowds on Charles Bridge can be seen every day Prague is crowded by thousands of tourist every year during Easter holidays. This year more than 70,000 tourists are expected. Unfortunately, Prague will be also full of pickpockets whose methods are improving.

To fight with organized groups of pickpockets who can be seen on popular tourist destinations, such as in front of the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, Charles Bridge or The Royal Route, 250 police officers (50 more than usual) will stroll daily the streets of Prague from Easter until the end of September.

To recognize pickpockets is really difficult. They are mostly dressed like tourists. They are often in shopping centres, near the stands with refreshment or in public transport. Their popular tram lines are no. 22 and 23 that go via stop Prazsky Hrad (Prague Castle).

More tourist signs in Prague's city centre

Church of St Peter & Paul After Prague 1, the district in the very heart of Prague, tourist will be able to orientate themselves thanks to new tourist arrows also in Prague 2.

This district offers many significant and interesting buildings and places such as Vysehrad with the Church of St Peter & Paul or Vysehrad Cemetery where many important people are buried, New Town City Town Hall or Rasinovo nabrezi with a nice view of Prague Castle panorama.

Silver arrows will be placed on pavements of Prague 2 by the beginning of July. Arrows has been in Prague 1 for 6 years, unfortunately, some tourists strip them away and take them home as souvenirs.

Czech government introduced new key reforms

Yesterday the government of the Czech Republic officially introduced new key reforms that will affect almost every Czech citizen. If the reforms are approved by the Chamber of Deputies, which is very uncertain now, it should, according to the coalition politicians, help the state budged, whose debt grows every year.

First of all, income tax ranging now between 12 and 32 percent would be changed into a flat tax of 15 percent but counted from “super gross”, which means that social and health insurance would be included in the base for counting the tax. It would be compensated by higher tax deductions.

Sickness benefit would be paid from the fourth day of illness. The age people retire, would be increased to 65 after the year 2030. The VAT on food, medicines and some services will be increase from 5 to 9 percent.

If the reforms are not approved, the government is prepared to resign and call early elections.

Prague airport Ruzyne wants to build the world's largest mosaic

The world's largest mosaic in Prague airport People travelling from/to Prague can participate in a great beneficial project whose aim is to create the largest mosaic in the world. Travellers will create it in the Terminal Sever II of the Prague’s International Airport Ruzyne during April.

The airport now celebrates the 70th anniversary. The mosaic will be created on the area of 100 square meters. Everybody who wants to participate has to buy a graphic piece of paper for 100 CZK and change it for coloured stones. The profits will be given to charity.

Travellers can also learn more about travelling in the 30’s of the 20th century. An authentic model of aeroplane Avia BH 25 with reed seats from 1925 will be on display near the view terrace of the airport.


Designs of the National Library in Prague attract crowds

Photo: National Library in Prague Prague’s Clementinum is now crowded by people who want to see a new exhibition ‘Oko nad Prahou’ presenting the winning design of the new building of National Library in Prague by Jan Kaplicky as well as other designs that didn’t succeed in the prestigious competition.

“Probably the only competitor for us now are the mammoths in the National Museum”, said contentedly Vlastimil Jezek, the director of the National Library in Prague.

The first four days of the exhibition 4,676 visitors came to see more than 300 designs. The exhibition is open daily (except Monday) from 10:00 to 19:00 until the end of May.


Exhibition about Charles IV in Powder Tower in Prague

Renaissance Powder Gate in Prague Powder Tower in Namesti republiky holds an exhibition about the times of the rule of Charles IV and his residence that doesn’t exist any more and that used to stay in the place of present Municipal House.

On three floors of the exhibition visitors can come back to the 14th century. From the highest floor they admire a splendid view of the centre of Prague. The Powder tower is visited by about 50,000 people every year.

Prague Information Service also offers a special audio guide that explains interesting facts and events that happened at that time. Visitiors can chose from seven languages – Czech, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. The exposition is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 until October.