Compact archive June 27, 2007

Burger King and Aldi head to the Czech Republic

The fast food chain Burger King will open its restaurants in the Czech Republic. It was said by the AmRest company that deals with the American Burger King about the licence to the Czech Republic.

Burger King will rival McDonald’s and KFC. First McDonald’s restaurant was here 15 years ago, now it has 72 restaurants. The first KFC restaurant followed two years later, now it has 43 restaurants. When exactly the first Burger King restaurant will be open in the Czech Republic is not clear yet.

Another big chain Aldi is coming to Prague to rival Lidl, Penny Market and Plus Discount. Aldi Czechia was put in the trade register at the beginning of June this year. Aldi runs about 7,600 shops in 14 European states. Its assortment is known for not such a high quality of goods but low prices of the products.

Brad Pitt is shooting in the streets of Prague

Brad Pitt is shooting in Prague While Angelina Jolie is busy in Prague acting in her new film Wanted, Brad Pitt loses no time to earn a bit more money here. Those who were lucky could see him near the National Theatre by the river Vltava last Monday.

A Japanese bank chose him for their new commercial set in a nice scenery of the Czech Neo-Renaissance and the river bank. Brad Pitt could have been seen walking along the National Theatre in a dark suite and with a mobile phone in his hand.

According to Aha! magazine, the shooting will take several days, so it’s still possible to meet Brad Pitt in the streets of Prague.


Charles Square will be closed for trams this autumn

Busy Charles Square Charles Square is the largest square not only in Prague but also in the whole Czech Republic. What’s more, it’s also the biggest road junction, providing Prague inhabitants and visitors with the access to many parts of Prague.

But it will change soon. The tracks in Charles Square and its surroundings have to be maintain, that’s why all trams running via Charles Square have to be rerouted. The service disruptions will start on 17th July in Palackeho square and will continue is Palackeho bridge and Charles square until Christmas.

Right now there are ten tram lines, two bus lines and metro yellow line B going via Charles Square. The routes of the trams and buses will depend on current works on the road and might change every week. Therefore we advice you to follow the web pages of the Prague Public Transport Company at for up-to-date information.


Four Spanish Painters exhibition in Prague

From tomorrow paintings by four painters coming from Valencia and Cartagena in Spain will represent the fine arts in the east cost of Spain to the Prague audience.

The exhibition of paintings by Joel Mestre and Santi Tena from Valencia and Angel Mateo Charris and Gonzalo Sicre from Cartagena is organized by the Czech Museum of Fine Arts in Prague together with SpainArt – the Society for the Support of Spanish Art and Cultural Exchange.

The exhibition takes places in Czech Museum of Fine Arts (Husova 21 street) until 23rd September 2007. It’s open daily (except Monday) from 10:00 to 18:00. The entrance fee is 50 CZK.


New timetables for Prague public transport

Bus in Prague This Saturday two-month holidays start for the children in the Czech Republic. Also from that day there will be new timetables for Prague public transport. The new timetables will be displayed from 27th to 30th June, even though they start to be valid from 30th June.

The public transport service during the holiday starts for metro on 30th June and finishes on 31st August 2007. At the line A only every other train will terminate at the last station Depo Hostivar from 7:00 to 17:30. At the line B, every other train will run in the route Nove Butovice – Ceskomoravska from 6:45 to 8:30 and Smichovske nadrazi – Ceskomoravska from 8:30 to 16:00.

The tram holiday service starts on 30th July and finishes on 2nd September 2007. The intervals between two trams will be prolonged by about 2 minutes. Lines no. 7 and 13 will be out of service. Many tram lines will be rerouted during many service disruption during the summer.

The bus holiday service will be valid from 30th June to 31st August. Buses no. 143, 146, 168, 274, 277, 343, 465 and school buses will be out of service. Bus lines no. 155, 199 and 233 will be slightly changed.