Compact archive April 10, 2007

Music in the Park festival in Prague this July

Spend two days in Prague's park listening to music 2nd Music in the Park festival will offer great artists in performing blues, rock, funk and contemporary music. The festival will take place in large Stromovka park on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July 2007.

The main stars of the festival will be American Ricky Skaggs playing country and pianist, organist and singer Dr. John (born Mac Rebenack). Czech musicitians will be represented by Dan Barta, Lenka Dusilova, Jana Kirschner and others.

The festival will offer a special program for children, a movie tent and many sport activities as well. Tickets for 500 CZK (children and disabled people 400 CZK) are on sale here. A part of the profits will be devoted to the upkeep and future development of the park.

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Electronic fence along Charles Bridge in Prague

Popular Charles Bridge As we have already informed, Charles Bridge in Prague is monitored now by 10 new security cameras that improve the protection the oldest bridge in Prague. But that’s not all. A new invisible “electronic fence” was installed to protect the statues on the bridge that have been attacked many times.

The fence will alarm the police that will be on the spot within one minute. Tourists can feel free to sit on the railing of the bridge but climbing to the statues is prohibited. Alarm can be also set off by a bird, however, the police can check the situation on the screen first.

The new electronic system may protect other statues and important monuments in the future, such as the Statue of St Wenceslas in Wenceslas Square or the Statue of Jan Hus in Old Town Square.

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Tram restrictions near Prague Castle

Due to technical reasons the route between tram stops Hradcanska and Prasny most will be closed in two periods: from Wednesday 11th April morning till Sunday 15th April 16:00, and from Friday 20th morning till Sunday 22nd April 16:00.

Lines 1, 25, and 56 will go from stop Sparta to Vozovna Stresovice via Hradcanska (in Badeniho street), Prazsky hrad (very close to Prague Castle) and Brusnice. Lines 8, 26, and 51 will go from stop Sparta to Vitezne namesti via stops Hradcanska (in Badeniho street), Prague Castle, Brusnice and Prasny most.

Line 15 from Strossmayerovo namesti will be shortened and finished in stop Spejchar. Lines 18 and 57 from Malostranska to Vozovna Stresovice will be diverted via Prazsky hrad and Brusnice. Line 20 from Malostranska to Vitezne namesti will be diverted via Prazsky hrad, Brusnice and Prasny most.

There will be no additional buses. Click here for a route map.

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Curiosities and new records in Prague's Old Town Square last weekend

Easter markets in Prague Everybody who visited Old Town Square in the centre of Prague last Saturday could see many curiosities connected with Easter. One of the curiosities was the most flammable Easter egg in the world that is made out of 9,988 match heads and almost 5,000 matches. The author spent 674 hours on making it.

A new Easter record was set in the centre of Prague last weekend. The song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by Beatles was played by 144 rattles. The Czech agency administrating the Czech Book of Records brought the largest desk diary measuring 2 meters and 94 centimeters.

Another record was broken in Prague-Pruhonice. In the shopping centre Pruhonice you can still admire the world’s biggest Easter lamb. The weight of the lamb is 110 kg, consisting of a sponge cake and a glaze. 400 eggs were used for making the lamb.

Pavements in the centre of Prague with mosaic patterns

Many pavements in the centre of Prague are decorated with mosaic patterns. Observant people can recognize 25 patterns, one of the most difficult one for tilers are stars. The Prague city council wants to replace all remaining asphalt paving in the historical city reserve with mosaic one.

Paving typical for the beginning of the 20th century will come back to streets Kaprova, Rytirska and Myslikova. Later on also to Revolucni and Parizska streets. Each street will get its own mosaic pattern.

Mosaic paving can be easily taken to parts and put together again. On the other hand, when one paving stone is broken, the whole mosaic is rather destroyed. The paving is also not resistant to heavy vehicles and some tourists steal paving stones as souvenirs.