Compact archive September 7, 2007

Disruption to tram services between Vinohradska vodarna and Flora

Prague Public Transport Company announced tram service disruption between Vinohradska vodarna and Flora that will take for three weeks. The disruption to tram services will start on Monday 10th September and 2nd October 2007. The reason for the disruption is the maintenance of the rails in Korunni street and at Flora crossroads.

Tram no. 5 will go from Vystaviste via Zelivskeho, Ohrada, Vapenka to the loop Spojovaci. In the section Olsanske hrbitovy and Spojovaci it will replace line no. 16. Tram no. 10 will go from the direction Repy only to Vinohradska vodarna. Tram no. 10 will be rerouted from I. P. Pavlova to the loop Zvonarka. Line no. 15 in the section Karlovo namesti and Flora will be rerouted via Albertov, Otakarova, Namesti bratri Synku, I. P. Pavlova_, Muzeum and Jiriho z Podebrad.

Between the stops Sidliste Dablice, Kobylisy_, Palmovka_, Zelivskeho, Jiriho z Podebrad, Muzeum, I. P. Pavlova and Zvonarka will be an additional tram line no. 30.


Martinic Palace in Prague opens to the public

Do you know the lifestyle of one of the most significant Czech noble families, the Borita of Martinic family. You can find it out in Martinic Palace in Hradcanske square near Prague Castle. The interior of the palace looks like the family left the building just yesterday. You can see the children’s room with dolls, the lounge with munitions, the bedroom of the owners and many others.

Martinic Palace with four wings comes from the second half of the 16th century and it’s a part of Prague historical city reserve listed on the UNESCO heritage list. The Martinic family is remember by a memorial plaque made of red marble with a coat of arms of the Martinic family. Visitors can see a large number of frescoes and unique panelled ceilings.

The palace is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00. The tour with a guide takes about half an hour. The entrance fee is 100 CZK (children and pensioners pay 50 CZK).


A step closer to Prague's skyscrapers

Author: Visualization: ECM The Ministry of Culture approves the decision of Prague municipal authorities to let ECM company build high buildings in Prague – Pankrac. Many civic associations are against this intention. They are afraid that the buildings would destroy the integrity of the historical city center and would increase the number of cars in the area.

The strongest reservations are against two new high buildings of the City Epoque project. It’s a 30-store dwelling house with 150 apartments and a neighbouring 4-star hotel with 300 rooms. Each building will have its own parking place for 320 cars. The buildings will probably have been built by 2011 for 2,5 billion CZK.

Civic associations are not the only one who have some reservations. The World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO sent a letter to Prague to reconsider construction of high buildings in the historical city centre. Prague should also expect a visit of UNESCO inspectors who will examine the situation in Pankrac.

Footprints of People exhibition in the National Museum soon

After the big success of the ‘Hunters of the Mammoth’ exhibition the National Museum is now preparing a new exhibition that could beat their own success. The new exhibition is called ‘The Footprints of People’ and will be open on 23rd November 2007.

The exhibition will focus not only on human foot as a instrument and object but also metaphorically on footprints and steps of people from the prehistory to present days – on the deepest oceans, on the Moon, also on migration of nations or discovering new continents. It will also present the hard life of people without legs.

The organizers of the exhibition prepare such interesting items as the sport shoes Jan Zelezny was wearing when he set a world record. Visitors will also see the shoes cover from the equipment of Apollo 11 or the piece of a rock on the Moon given the Czechoslavakia by U.S. president Nixon.

These days visitors of the National Museum in Wenceslas Square have a last change to see the exhibition ‘Madagascar, the Lab of Gods’ or ‘The Treasures of Celtic Women’.


Pleasure boats on the Vltava also in September

Boat on the Vltava river in Prague The captains of steam boats and pleasure boats in Prague inform that they will sail on the Vltava river even in September. This year they have already transported more travellers than last year, thus more than 300 thousand people.

Boats to Slapy dam will leave Prague every weekend in September. Besides that very popular are also boats to the Prague Zoo and pleasure boats to Melnik and back. Many people also join party boats sailing at night.

Boats to the Zoo leave at 9:30, 12:30 and 15:30 and return back at 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00. One journey takes 75 minutes and cost 120 CZK for adults and 60 CZK for children. A boat to Slapy and back leaves Prague at 7:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. It takes the whole day and it costs 340 CZK for adults and 170 CZK for children. The boat journey Prague – Melnik – Prague is held twice a year in summer months. All boats leave from the quay near Palackeho bridge.