Compact archive April 5, 2007

The most expensive offices are in the centre of Prague

According to the estate agency Cushman & Wakefield, the most expensive rents for an office in the Czech Republic are in the centre of Prague. An average rate for one square meter is 276 EUR. The most expensive offices can be found in London’s West End (2,009 EUR/m2).

The agency focused on 211 main office localities in 51 countries. The most expensive offices can be found in London’s West End (2,009 EUR/m2). The Czech Republic is 38th on the list. Low rents in Prague, comparing to other European cities, may be a good opportunity for foreign companies and investors.

Rents in Prague will probably grow, especially in the centre of the city and around Andel in Prague 5. Other towns attractive for their good location and even lower rents are Brno (180 – 210 EUR/m2), and Ostrava or Plzen (155 – 190 EUR/m2).


Prague people mostly don't agree with Olympic Games in Prague

Prague people are mostly against organizing Olympic Games in Prague. That’s one of the results of the survey made by Mori CR. 500 people from the Czech Republic answered questions about Olympic Games in Prague, almost half of them agree with them.

According to the author of the survey, Tatiana Wartuschova, Prague people have probably the feeling that much more tourists in the Czech capital would start to bothering them. Only 32 percent of Prague people want to have Olympic Games in Prague.

More than two thirds of the people are afraid that organizing Olympic games would have negative effects on the state budget. Only two percent of people agree with the idea of making a pouched marmot (living mostly in Prague) the mascot of the games. More than half of the people in the survey would prefer a lion representing the whole country.


13th Prague International Book Fair

The 13th International Book Fair will be devoted to literature written in German language and the relation between literature and multimedia.

The organizers want to attract also young visitors, therefore the fair will contain multimedia reading room where texts will be presented on many medias. The main guests of the international fair will be famous writers Wilbur Smith, Francine Prose and John Irving.

The Bookworld Prague will be held in the Industrial Palace at Prague Exhibition Ground from 3th to 6th May 2007. For more information about the fair, click here.


Large sport centre Brumlovka in Prague will be open soon

New large sport centre Brumlovka will be open in Prague soon. Although the sport centre will be accessible only for members of new Balance Club Brumlovka, everybody can see all the rooms of the centre on the ‘day of open doors’ on Friday 13th April.

The sport centre will offer sport halls, a fitness-centre, a swimming pool, a sauna, a Japanese sauna, a whirlpool, a hall for spinning, and a sun terrace. In the centre you can find also cafes, Italian and vegetarian restaurants, post office, and several shops.

The club Brumlovka is located in one of the building of BB Centrum near metro station Budejovicka (red line C). It will be open at 6:30 and will close at 22:00.

6th Salsa Festival Prague 2007

Photo: Bacardi Salsa Festival The best dancers, teachers and DJ’s will meet in Prague on the occasion of the 6th Bacardi Salsa Festival from 13th to 15th April 2007. The festival belongs to the best known salsa events in the Czech Republic.

More than 1000 people from many countries of the world attended the festival last year. This year the festival offers many shows of professional dancers, workshops in 5 levels as well as night salsa parties.

The festival will take place in the National House of Vinohrady (Namesti miru 9) in Prague. More information about tickets and the programme of the festival can be found here.


Entrance to the crypt and the tower of St Vitus Cathedral for free

Gothic interior When St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle was still in the property of the state, tourists had to pay only when they also wanted to see the crypt and the South (Bell) Tower, which is accessible for safety reasons only in good weather. When the cathedral belonged to the Church, visitors had to pay 100 CZK to see the interior of the Church.

From today tourists can admire not only the interior of the most famous and for Prague’s Catholic Archdiocese the most important cathedral, but also the crypt and the tower for free. St Vitus Cathedral will be officially handed over to the state on 16th April.

St Vitus Cathedral will be open to everybody and won’t be included in Prague Castle tours. However, the number of tourists must be regulated in the tourist peaks, maximum of about 500 people at a time.