Compact archive January 12, 2007

Prague's flats more and more expensive

Flats in Prague belongs to the cheapest ones in comparison to other metropolitan cities. In most cases the buyers can buy a flat in Prague several times cheaper then in the west Europe. It is expected that the prices of the flats, especially in the centre of Prague, will rise enormously in the next few years. Since 2002 the flats in Prague has already doubled.

Nevertheless, the prices of luxurious flats in Prague are very similar to those in other metropolises. The most expensive flat in Vodickova street in the centre of Prague cost 230 000 CZK per square meter. For a flat in Paris near the Invalides and Eiffel Tower you pay about 224 000 CZK per square meter.

The number of flats in the centre of Prague is limited and the demand is already higher than the supply. Prague is a very attractive location in Europe and lots of foreign buyers want to invest here. They are not discouraged by the fact that there are not enough parking places in the centre.

The ship for homeless people is almost finished

Prague council came with an interesting idea last year – to build a ship for people without home. The ship should be ready before 21st January is it was planned. The city already knows the location of the ship. It will be on the left bank of the Vltava river near Stefanikuv bridge.

Homeless people who show the effort to return to normal life, will be given a preference. One night will cost 20 CZK. “If they have money for a box of wine and cigarettes, they can get money for the lodging. It is a motivation,” said one of the city councillor Jiri Janecek.

The ship will provide 250 beds, charity organizations offer 600 beds. However, there are about five or six thousand homeless people in Prague. The city of Prague wants to count all the homeless people in Prague in two months. The city wants to locate the place where homeless people stay the most, also what tram lines they use the most at night.

Leningrad Cowboys soon in Prague

Finish rock band Leningrad Cowboys known for its humorous songs, unicorn hairstyle and sharp-pointed shoes is coming to Prague to perform in Prague’s Roxy Club on 13th February at 19:30.

The band was founded by the Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki who needed a fictional band for his film Leningrad Cowboys Go America. He chose the members of the Sleepy Sleepers band, Nicky Tesco and some others. But the group started to perform in real and made albums, videos and concerts of its own. Now they consist of 7 men and 2 women.

Tickets for the Prague’s concert cost 690 CZK and you can buy them via Ticketpro. Roxy Club is situated in Dlouha 33 street. See a short summary of other concerts in Prague.

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Indoor football in Prague's Sazka Arena this weekend

Football fans can enjoy the matches of the best Czech teams in the league, Sparta, Slavie, Liberec and Mlada Boleslav, this weekend. But that is not all. They will also play against three clubs from abroad as well as Prague’s club Bohemia 1905.

Eight clubs will compete in two groups. Group A consists SK Slavia Praha, FC Slovan Liberec, Debrecen VSC and Bohemians 1905. Group B consists of AC Sparta Praha, FK Mlada Boleslav, Wisla Plock and MFK Ruzomberok. The winner will get 300 000 CZK.

This big sport event takes place in the hall of Sazka Arena in Prague this Saturday and Sunday (start at 10:00). The organizers call it Fortuna The Weekend of Champions (Fortuna Vikend sampionu).

Tickets cost from 120 CZK to 180 CZK. The organizers point out that people should expect long queues at the box offices and at the entrance because everybody will have to come through the security frame. The matches will be broadcast by Eurosport and CT4.

Tourists evaluate services in the Czech Republic

Czech state agency Czech Tourism asked 26 299 tourists (19% from abroad, 81% from the Czech Republic) how satisfied they were with the quality of services, leisure facilities, the care for historical buildings, etc., in all regions of the Czech Republic in summer 2006.

In general, most of the tourists were satisfied with the quality of restaurants and their meals, with prices for services, the kindness of local people, tourist marks and the care for sights. They were not satisfied with the quality of services for motorists, with the care for tidiness and cleanness and with the insufficient offer of programmes for a free time.

Tourists in Prague value the good quality and range of accommodation, shopping and leisure facilities. Tourist here also appreciate the good system of the public transport, the quality of tourist information and tourist signs. On the other hand, Prague is the worst in the quality of services for motorists and cyclists and also with the kindness of local people.

The best rated region in the Czech Republic is South Bohemia which belongs to the best in most of the categories. In no category it is the worst. The worst region was, according to the respondents, Plzen region, criticised in 23 categories.

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