where to go - i-Prague


where to go - i-Prague




to go

information and sights

february – april 13








Airport bus stop: T1 exit F, T2 exit E

Bus stop – CITY CENTRE –

is in V CELNICI Street









Monarchy until 9 June • The main exhibition of the cycle Monarchy presents the reign of Franz Joseph the Emperor

of Austria and the King of Bohemia and Hungary (1848 – 1916), as well as 19th century social developments

in the area of culture, science and industry • New Building of National Museum

www . monarchie.nm.cz

7. – 10. 2. Holiday World 2013 • The 22nd Central European tourism trade fair will showcase tourist

opportunities in the Czech Republic, as well as holidays in far-flung destinations •

Prague Exhibition Grounds, Prague 7 – Holešovice

www . holidayworld.cz

12. 2. Eva Emingerová Trio • A concert by the popular Czech jazz singer • Jazzboat www . jazzboat.cz

Until 10. 3. The Butterfly Effect • An exhibition of paintings by six painters covering three generations

questioning the possibilities of pictorial reflections of today’s world with all its varied cultural impulses

and traces from pasts that are spread out over time • Rudolfinum Gallery

www . galerierudolfinum.cz

16. 2. Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto • Live opera performance from the Metropolitan Opera •

Aero, MAT, Světozor, Multikino CineStar Anděl cinemas

www . metinhd.cz

Until 1. 4. Angličáci/Matchbox • An exhibition for the general public of nearly fifteen hundred

of the popular toy cars from private collections • Museum of Decorative Arts

www . upm.cz

Since 13. 12. 2012 the Šutka swimming pool and waterpark •

Newly open in Prague 8, Čimická Street

www . sutka.eu

22. 2. Festival of New Theatre Malá Inventura 2013 • Dance – movement Deadline, the independent directorial

debut of the choreographer Tereza Lenerová Hradilková deals with issues of temporality and the unending

interrelationships of the goals we try to achieve in our lives • Ponec Theatre

www . malainventura.cz

23. 3. Evening tour around the Fata Morgana greenhouse • A guided tour of the tropical greenhouse •

Botanical Garden Troja – reservations necessary

www . botanicka.cz

31. 1. – 3. 3. Jan Bigas – Somewhere Among the Forests • A photographic exhibition capturing traces

of the presence of humans in nature is a personal tale that can awaken in the viewer a feeling

of having experienced or seen something before • Dům U Zlatého prstenu

www . citygalleryprague.cz

2. 4. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo • A concert by the Italian bass baritone •

Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum

www . nachtigallartists.cz

Until 30. 3. Václav Hollar: Illustrations for Aesop’s Tales • An exhibition of the collection

of etchings for the tales published in 1665 and 1666 • Schwarzenberg Palace

www . ngprague.cz

28. 4. Love Potion– Gaetano Donizetti • Opera performance • National Theatre www . narodni-divadlo.cz

Did you know that...

◗ ... The Czech Philharmonic has entered its hundred

and seventeenth season On 27 and 28 of February

and 1 March concerts will be held in the Dvořák Hall

comprising of a cantata for alto, tenor, a mixed choir

and a chamber orchestra of Canticum canticorum by

Viktor Kalabis (1923 – 2006), a musicologist, editor

and, above all, one of the most important Czech composers

of the second half of the 20th century, whose

works were played by world class orchestras and

famous conductors. The modern composition is supplemented

by Sinfonia concertante for wind in E flat

major, which is a classical counterpart to the Baroque

concerto grosso by W. A. Mozart, and the late work of

Sergei Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances. Under the

baton of Juraj Valčuha you will see the Czech Philharmonic,

the Prague Philharmonic Choir and a number

of Czech’s finest soloists, for instance the lyrical alto

Jana Sýkorová or the National Theatre Opera’s soloist

the tenor Martin Šrejma. www . ceskafilharmonie.cz

◗ ... from Saturday 23. 3. until Sunday 14. 4. the largest

Easter market in Prague will be held on Old Town

Square The historic square will have 90 stalls selling

traditional souvenirs, decorations and gifts as well

as all the necessary refreshments. During the market

there will also be demonstrations of folk crafts where

you can buy the finished products. Nor will visitors be

wanting for an exciting accompanying programme;

the afternoons will feature performances from schools

and arts groups as well as folklore ensembles. There

is also a programme for the little ones – the Old Town

Workshop, with kids workshops, a mini-zoo with

sheep, goats and other farm animals and a puppet

theatre. This Easter make a date for Prague Old Town


www . praha.eu

◗ ... from 14. 3. to 22. 3. Prague will host the 20th international

festival of feature films Febiofest

This festival started off twenty years ago, shortly

after the Velvet Revolution, as a small event for

friends and film buffs. Over the years, due mainly

to the quality of the films from all over the world

and its famous guests, it has received great

acclaim. You’ll be hard pressed to find a film buff

that won’t pay it a visit and not just in Prague, but

also in the other Czech and Slovak cities that hold

the festival. In Prague the festival is located at the

CineStar Anděl multiplex, with other screenings

at others Prague cinemas. www . febiofest.cz

◗ ... Prague Zoo was first opened to the public in 1931

Since then the zoo has reared thousands of young

from various animal species and has had millions

of visitors, children and adults, laymen and experts.

Since its opening Prague Zoo has undergone many

transitions, currently its interpretation of rearing

and exhibiting animals ranks it among the most

modern in the world. It takes part in saving certain

animals species, probably the most important being

the Przewalski’s horse, which has been successfully

reintroduced into its native homeland of Mongolia.

Another remarkable attraction for visitors is the

breeding group of western lowland gorillas, which

has managed to successfully reproduce for the last

8 years. In December 2012 the 5th baby was born

and a further addition is expected in February.

www . zoopraha.cz







Save your money. Save your time!






Where to go in Prague

…for the oldest preserved architecture

The oldest preserved buildings in the Czech Republic

were built in the Romanesque style. This style spread

in our lands from the end of the 9th to the 13th centuries,

when Gothic architecture began to take over.

Typical sacral buildings from the Romanesque period

are basilicas or rotundas. A basilica is a rectangular

building with the internal space divided into three or

more naves, whilst a rotunda has a circular ground

plan, the altar is located in a horseshoe-shaped annex

called an apse. On the whole a rotunda is vaulted by

a dome, sometimes a tower was added, the entrance

is usually furnished with a decorated portal.

The oldest preserved building in the Czech Republic

is the St. Peter and Paul Rotunda at Budeč, a hill

steeped in legends not far from Prague. The exact

date of its foundation is unknown, but it was sometime

between 895 and 915 and its founder was the

Přemysl Duke Spytihněv. At the time Budeč was the

centre of Central Bohemia, later, however, it lost its

significance and was replaced by Levý Hradec and

then by Prague. According to legend it was in the

St. Peter and Paul Rotunda that Wenceslas (Václav),

the future Přemysl prince, saint and patron saint of

the Czech lands, was educated. The main nave of

Spytihněv’s building weathered the ages and has

been preserved, along with its original vaults, in an

untouched state until the present. The last mention

of Budeč as an administrative centre comes from

the 13th century, when it was given to the Vyšehrad

canonry by Queen Kunhuta. In 1962 Budeč was

declared a national cultural monument and even

today ecclesiastical and various cultural events are

held here.

The oldest rotunda in Prague stands at Vyšehrad and is

consecrated to St. Martin. It was built in the last third

of the 11th century during the reign of Vratislav II.

It weathered the destruction of church buildings by

the Hussite armies in the 15th century, during the

Thirty Tears War it served as a powder magazine

and in the nineteenth century it only just avoided

demolition to make way for a road – it was Baron

Karel Chotek who saved it at the time. The rotunda

was partially rebuilt and is currently owned by the

Vyšehrad canonry. It is only open to the public during

masses or by making a reservation by phone.

There are also many ghost stories associated with

this place – skeletons dancing at night, a black fiery

dog or the ghost of a French major that appears

here at night.

The second oldest rotunda in Prague is the

Holy Cross Rotunda, which can be found on the

corner of Konviktská and Karoliny Světlé streets

a short way from the National Theatre. Its foundation

is tied to a legend about a girl who was crucified and

thrown into a pond for adopting Christianity against

her parents’ will. The building is thought to have

originated at the end of the 11th century. It is distinguished

by its exceptionally impeccable construction

technology. It too just escaped demolition in the 19th

century, it was later reconstructed and the remnants

of Gothic wall frescoes were repaired. According to

legend there is a cellar underneath the church holding

a large fortune.

The Rotunda of St. Longinus, was built at the start

of the 12th century on what is now Na Rybníčku

Street, not far from Wenceslas Square. It was originally

consecrated to St. Stephen, but it was later

re-consecrated in honour of St. Longinus and in the

17th century the rotunda had a Baroque make over.

Now it serves the Greek-Catholic Church.

The Slav Epic

From May 2012 the Veletržní Palace in Prague 7

is exhibiting the Slav Epic cycle – a collection of

twenty large-format pictures by Alfons Mucha,

one of the most famous Czech artists.

The author intended to capture the history of the

Slav nations in a cycle symbolising their journey

through history. He had been considering such

a work for a long time but was limited by his finances.

In 1910, however, he found a patron – the

industrialist and Slavophile Charles Richard Crane

- who dedicated a considerable financial amount to

the costs associated with making the Slav Epic.

Mucha rented rooms in Zbiroh Chateau and devoted

himself to his lifetime’s work. On ten canvases

the artist applied himself to themes from Czech

history; the other ten canvases contain topics

from the history of other Slavs. In autumn 1928

the author and Charles R. Crane gave the Slav Epic

to Prague during the celebrations of a decade of

independence for the Czechoslovak state. The cycle

of paintings survived World War II by being hidden

in two locations in Prague, unfortunately the works

were damaged by damp. They were restored in the

1950’s and their owner, City Gallery Prague, lent

them to the chateau in Moravský Krumlov, where

they were on display from 1963. In July 2010 the

paintings were to be relocated to Prague, but

there was a complicated legal row between some

of the artist’s heirs and the owner about the cycle’s

placing; in the end the work was transported to

Prague and put on display in the Veletržní Palace.

The final resting place of the Slav Epic has yet to be


Alfons Mucha was born on 24 July in the south

Moravian town of Ivančice. At 19 he left for Vienna

where he made his living as a painter of theatre decorations.

In 1885 he started studying at the Munich

Academy of Art and two years later he left for Paris

to continue his studies at the Académie Julian. 1894

was a groundbreaking year for him; he took on an

order to create a poster for the most famous actress

of the time, Sarah Benhardt, in the role of Gismonda.

The poster enjoyed huge success, the “Mucha” style

quickly became known and Mucha began cooperating

with Sarah Bernhardt on her costumes and stage

decorations, he designed the jewellery, furniture,

interior decoration and other objects. He held his

first independent exhibition in February 1897 in Paris

and the next was in May of the same year.



In 1906 Alfons Mucha left to work in the USA, where

he also taught. In 1910 he returned to Prague to finish

off the interiors to the newly built Municipal House,

one of the highlights of Prague’s Vienna Secession

architecture, and began work on his magnum opus,

the Slav Epic, a series of twenty large-format canvases

with themes from Slavic history, which he completed

in 1926 and later gave to the ownership of Prague.

The breadth of Alphonse Mucha’s work is exceptional,

in 1918 he created the designs for stamps for the

newly emerged Czechoslovakia, in 1931 he designed

a stained-glass window for the St. Vitus’ Cathedral at

Prague Castle in Prague. In 1921 he successfully exhibited

in the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A. Mucha

died on 14 July 1939 and is buried in the Vyšehrad

Cemetery in Prague. www . citygalleryprague.cz



The National Gallery in Prague

is a state organisation administering the largest art collection in the Czech Republic.

In 1796 a group of patriotic representatives of the

Czech aristocracy and several intellectuals from the

enlightened bourgeoisie initiated the founding of the

Society of Patriotic Friends of Art. The same year the

Society began building the Gallery in the Černínský

Palace with the aim of encouraging public interest

in art and preventing the export of works of art from

the country. The Society of Patriotic Friends was also

present at the birth of the Academy in 1799, which

was to provide quality art education for Czech students

that, until then, had been studying in Vienna

or Munich. Until 1835 the Picture Gallery didn’t own

any of its works, it merely exhibited pictures on loan.

Count František Josef Šternberk, who later became

the chairman of the Society, was the Gallery’s key

personage by providing the exposition with the majority

of its pictures. As mentioned above, the Gallery

began building its own collection in 1835, also with

the help of generous patrons. In 1902 another institution

was added to the Gallery – the Modern Gallery

of the Kingdom of Bohemian, which later became

the basis for the collection of 20th century Czech art.

Between 1919 and 1939 the Gallery’s director was

the art historian and theoretician Vincenc Kramář,

whose prescient acquisitions greatly enhanced the

artistic level of the collection of medieval and

modern art. The collection existed under the title

of the Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic

Friends of Art until 1937, when it was placed into

the hands of the state and renamed as the State

Collection of Art and since 1949 we have known

it as the National Gallery In Prague.

The National Gallery in Prague is a research organisation

whose main aim is to carry out fundamental and

applied research and experimental development and

to disseminate its results by means of scientific publications,

exhibitions, tutorials, etc.

The collections are divided into five themes: Modern

and Contemporary Art, Old Masters, Oriental Art, Prints

and Drawings and 19th Century Art.

The National Gallery exhibits its collection in several

important historical buildings in Prague and two chateaus

outside Prague.

St. Agnes’ Convent was established as a convent

for Poor Clares in the first half of the 13th century.

At the time it was an important spiritual centre

and burial ground for the Přemyslid dynasty.

After Princess Agnes’s death its importance waned.

In the 16th century the Poor Clares were replaced

by the Dominicans for several decades and then the

original inhabitants of the convent were forcibly

returned, though they were not able to halt the

ongoing deterioration of the buildings. In 1782 the

convent was abolished and used as workshops and

stores. Since 1963 it has been restored for the needs

of the National Gallery and now you can enjoy the

exposition of Mediaeval and Early Renaissance

Art. It has partial disabled access. The closest Metro

station is on line A Staroměstská or line B Náměstí


Sternberg Palace on Hradčanské Square is an

important Baroque building from the turn of the

17th and 18th century built at the request of Count

Václav Vojtěch of Šternberk and his wife Klára of

Maltzan. The Society of Patriotic Friends of Art

bought the palace for exhibitions in 1811 and it

has been open to the public since 1814. Later the

building had several owners and has been used by

the National Gallery since 1946. Currently you can

see an exhibition entitled European Art from the

Classical Era to the Close of the Baroque. Among

the paintings on display is one of the most famous

European paintings the Feast of the Rose Gardens

by Albrecht Dürer. The closest Metro station is Malostranská

on line A.

Schwarzenberg Palace is an early renaissance building

on Hradčanské Square. It was built in the mid 16th

century. It originally belonged to the Lobkowicz family

and later had various owners until the Schwarzenberg

family inherited it at the start of the 18th century. The

National Gallery has owned it since 2002 and has its

permanent exhibition Baroque in Bohemia housed

here. Following its reconstruction an extraordinary

space arose in the garret, where those interested

in military history and weapons can view a true treat

– an exhibition of the most valuable historical weapons

from the Institute of Military History collection

called The Imperial Armoury. The closest Metro

station is Malostranská on line A.

Salma Palace is a Classicist building built directly onto

the Schwarzenberg Palace. It arose at the start of the

19th century at the behest of William Florentan, the

Prince of Sal-Salm. Since 2011 the National Gallery has

used the space for temporary exhibitions.

Kinský Palace was built from 1775 – 1765 on today’s Old

Town Square on a plot of three houses with early medieval

foundations. In the 19th century it was given a Classicist

renewal and has been administered by the National

Gallery since 1949. The extensive collection entitled Art

of the Old World covers seven thousand years of artistic

development and has a thousand cultural treasures from

the old world – Asia, Europe and Northern Africa. The best

way to get to Kinský Palace is from Metro A Staroměstská.

The Functionalist Veletržní Palace in Prague 7 – Holešovice

has an exceptional collection of Art of the

20th and 21st Centuries. The closest metro stations

are Vltavská and Nádraží Holešovice, both on line C.

The Waldstein Riding School can be found in the

garden of the complex of an early Baroque palace



built for Albrecht of Waldstein. The National

Gallery holds short-term exhibitions here.

The Riding School is near the Malostranská Metro

station A.

The National Gallery also exhibits part of its collections

in buildings outside of Prague. The first is

Fryštát Chateau in the Moravian-Silesian Region,

where you can see the 19th Century Art exhibition.

The other is the chateau at Žďár nad Sázavou in the

Vysočina Region, where visitors can see a representative

exposition of Baroque Painting and Sculpture

from the National Gallery in Prague collections.

www . ngprague.cz

The Veletržní Palace is architecturally unique.

It is one of the first and also the largest functionalist

buildings in Prague. Veletržní Palace was built for the

company Prague Trade Fairs from 1925 to 1928 using

the plans of Josef Fuks and Oldřich Tyl. The extensive

building has eight above-ground floors and two

underground floors. Under the entrance hall which

gives access to all floors and is bordered by galleries,

there is a cinema. The upper storeys, which have an

unusual view of Prague, used to house a restaurant and

cafe. In 1928 the famous modern architect Le Corbusier

visited Prague and poured praise and admiration on

the building.

Veletržní Palace was used for organising trade fairs

until the 1950’s. It then became the main office of

businesses involved in foreign trade. On 14 August

1974 there was a fire and the monumental building

almost burnt to the ground. For some time demolition

was considered, however at the end of the

1970’s the National Gallery acquired Veletržní Palace

with the aim of creating a permanent exhibition

of modern art. After a long and costly reconstruction,

which was completed in 1995, the palace was

opened to the public and the collection of modern

and contemporary art was put on display.

The exposition also includes examples of architecture,

furniture, design, fashion and crafts from the

19th – 21st century. Currently Veletržní Palace is

hosting Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic a cycle of large

format paintings.



Strahov Monastery is the oldest

Premonstratensian monastery

Visit the second oldest monastic library

in the country.

Peruse one of the best kept collections

of historical books, manuscripts and

first editions in Central Europe.

Pore over the maps and globes and be

astounded by the unique decorations in

the Philosophical Hall, the Theological

Hall and by the frescoes and the exhibits

in the cabinet of curiosities.

Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1

Open daily: 9 – 12 a.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.

tel. +420 233 107 749

Private tours: tel. 602 190 297


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Come and see the Bethlehem Chapel,

a place where history was made, where Master Jan

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The National Cultural Monument, reconstructed and

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Spas - when you want to relax

With regards to the occurrence of a large amount of

sites with mineral and thermal water sources, peat deposits,

bogs and therapeutic mud, the Czech Republic

has a long history of spas. Above all, in the last century

the West Bohemian spas were known throughout

Europe hosting many well-known personalities.

Our spas offer both unique therapeutic spa methods as

well as regeneration and wellness stays, their offer is truly

extensive. In Czech spas you can enjoy a varied cultural

life, admire the interesting architecture and history of the

spa towns, relax whilst walking around the picturesque

countryside or make use of the many sporting possibilities.

You’ll find you always come back to the Czech spas.

Many of the spa establishments are also easily accessible

from Prague.

Poděbrady spa, is about an hour by train from Prague

and has been popular for over a century thanks to its

therapeutic cures primarily focussing on diseases of the

circulatory system. In Poděbrady there is a wide range

of cultural events, from balls in the winter to promenade

concerts in the spring , in the summer you can

visit the Ludvík Kuba Gallery or take in a play and much

more besides.

www . lazne-podebrady.cz

If you are travelling to the south of Bohemia, don’t

forget to pay a visit to the charming town of Třeboň

– winner of Spa Town 2011. In Třeboň they focus on

treating the locomotory apparatus using peat and

water treatments. Here guests can fully enjoy the

town’s historical feel as well as the glorious South Bohemia

countryside with its silver ponds and rustling

forests. Among other things, cycling around Třeboň

is exceptionally good.

www . lazenskepobyty.cz/lazne-trebon/

Without doubt the best known spa town is West

Bohemia’s Karlovy Vary. It is the oldest in Bohemia

founded over 600 years ago by the King and Emperor

Charles IV. It lies on the confluence of the Teplá and

Ohře rivers and primarily treats diseases of the digestive

tract and metabolic disorders and glandular disorders

with internal secretion. Karlovy Vary is the site

for the International Film Festival, which will be held

for the forty-eighth time at the end of this June. There

is an interesting programme for spa guests in their

free time, in July it is also possible to go to the races

and try your luck on the gee gees.

www . karlovyvary.cz

And the third from West Bohemia - in Františkovy

Lázně, where the first spa hotel was built in 1793, they

use peat and gas for their treatments as well as 20

mineral springs. Over time Františkovy Lázně has entertained

a host of famous people such as Johann Wolfgang

Goethe, Prince Metternich, Ludwig Beethoven,

Johann Strauss or Franz Kafka who have all stayed here

and both Czech presidents, Václav Havel and Václav

Klaus, have paid it a visit. The town has a unique historical

feel and sits in beautiful countryside with clean

and healthy air – it’s an ideal place for relaxing and

recharging your batteries. www . franzensbad.cz

Without doubt the most popular spa in Moravia is

Luhačovice. It has over three hundred years of tradition.

The treatment procedures are based on water and

electro-treatment. Lovers of architecture will be delighted

by a number of Luhačovice’s buildings inspired by the

vernacular buildings of the Valašsko Region, which were

designed by the well-known Dušan Jurkovič.

www . lazneluhacovice.cz

Toušeň spa, which was founded in 1868 on a ferric

spring, now specialises in peat baths. It is just 25 km

from Prague.

www . slatinnelaznetousen.cz

Mšené spa is around 40 km from Prague, apart from

treatment of the locomotory apparatus it offers a number

of relaxation stays. From Mšené you can also set off

on a trip for the nearby Říp a mountain of legends.

www . msene-lazne.cz

Not far from Karlovy Vary lies Mariánské Lázně, with

forty mineral springs used for treating a wide spectrum

of health problems. Mariánské Lázně is considered the

most beautiful spa town in the country. Here you’ll find

gorgeous parks, romantic colonnades and charming

spa pavilions with cosy little cafes. You can taste the

unique atmosphere of a spa and pleasantly spend your

free time either by relaxing in the spa or with active


www . marianskelazne.cz

Kutná Hora - a trip into history

The gorgeous historical town of Kutná Hora lies in the Central Bohemia Region about 80 km east of

Prague. Since 1995 its urban conservation zone has been entered on the UNESCO world cultural heritage

list. It is a town where history breathes on every visitor.

The Czech name for the town refers to mining for silver

ore, deposits of which were discovered in these sites in

the 10th century. The town evolved with the development

of a monetary economy in the 13th century.

In 1300 King Wenceslas II granted the local settlements,

which later developed into today’s town, the

mining statute Ius regale montanorum, a document

that set out the organisational and technical conditions

essential for the formal operation of the mines.

After 1300 the state mint was transferred to the Italian

Court (Vlašský dvůr) where minting of the Prague

groschen began. Soon afterwards it became a widely

used currency throughout Central Europe. Kutná

Hora was aided by various regal privileges becoming

the second most important medieval town in

Bohemia after Prague. The town’s development was

interrupted for a time by the Hussite wars and later

by the social unrest among miners, however by the

start of the 16th century Kutná Hora’s original lustre

had returned. Not, however, for long; the ore deposits

slowly began to be exhausted, minting of the Prague

groschen was halted and in the 17th century the

town was appreciably affected by the privations of

the Thirty Years War, the hard post-war years and,

last but not least, the Swedish invasions in the 1740’s.

Despite later efforts, mining activities could not be

revived, the mint was closed in 1727 and Kutná Hora

began to lose its importance.

Nowadays Kutná Hora is a cultural town with an

unprecedented number of historic sights. The best



known and most alluring is probably St. Barbara’s

Cathedral, a breathtaking five-nave cathedral. Work

began on it in the 2nd half of the 14th century,

initiated by the town’s burghers. Nearby is the

inconspicuous Chapel of God’s Body (Kaple Božího

těla) – recently sensitively restored and now used for

cultural events. Just a little further on tourists can visit

the Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, which

is located in the former Jesuit College.

Another place that is well worth a visit is the aforementioned

renovated neo-Gothic Italian Court.

The Czech Museum of Silver displays its exhibits in two

of Kutná Hora’s buildings. The first is Hrádek, where

you can find out about Kutná Hora’s development from

its beginnings until it became the second most important

town in the kingdom as well as the minting of

silver coins. The museum’s other building is probably

the best known house in Kutná Hora, the Stone House

(Kamenný dům), where you can peruse stone statues

and architectural components from Kutná Hora’s most

important gothic monuments and an exhibition

entitled the Royal Mining Town. The Czech Museum

of Silver is always open from April 1st.

Besides these monuments and sights there is much

more awaiting you in the historical town of Kutná Hora.

There is a direct bus to Kutná Hora from Prague’s Florenc

bus station or you can go by train from the Main Railway

Station. In this case, however, it is necessary to change

for Kutná Hora město (centre) at Kutná hora hl.n. (Main

St.), but the connection always waits. The journey takes

about an hour. Another way to get to know the town is

to use the services of one of the many travel agencies

that organise one-day guided tours around Kutná Hora.

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Useful information

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic.

It has approximately 1.3 million inhabitants,

on an area of some 500 sq km (193 sq mi).

It originated around 1000 A.D. and for many years

remained a group of independent villages.

Under the rule of Charles IV (14th century) medieval

Prague experienced its greatest development.

At the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries the city

gained further renown owing to Emperor Rudolf II.

Between 1918 and 1992 Prague was the capital

city of Czechoslovakia and since January 1993

has been the capital of the independent Czech


Since 1 May 2004 the Czech Republic has been

a member of the European Union and on 21 December

2007 it became part of the Schengen Area.

◗ Bank holidays in the Czech Republic:

1 January – New Year, Easter Monday, 1 May –

Labour Day, 8 May – Liberation Day, 5 July – The Day

of Missionaries and Saints Cyril and Methodius, 6 July

– Jan Hus (John Huss) Day, 28 September – Czech

Statehood Day, 28 October – Independence Day,

17 November - Struggle for Freedom and Democracy

Day, 24 December – Christmas Eve, 25 December –

Christmas Day, 26 December – Boxing Day.

◗ Traditional Czech dishes are a meal of braised

beef with cream sauce and bread dumplings and

roast pork with dumplings and cabbage, while the

traditional Christmas meal is carp. Main courses in

restaurants usually cost (depending on location)

from CZK 150 to CZK 300.

◗ Popular souvenirs purchased in the Czech Republic

include Czech cut glass, porcelain, traditional

liquors (Becherovka – herbal bitters, mead,

Slivovice – plum brandy), Bohemian garnets,

amber, wooden marionettes, art and design

pieces, folk art pieces, spa wafers and typical spa

drinking cups, etc.

◗ The majority of shops open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on

workdays. It is, however, easy to do one’s shopping at

weekends as well, primarily thanks to numerous shopping

centres (e.g. Palladium near metro station “Náměstí

Republiky”, Nový Smíchov near metro station “Anděl”,

or Centrum Chodov at metro station “Chodov”).

◗ Currency exchange rates

One US dollar buys approximately 19 CZK, one Euro

approximately 25 CZK, and one pound sterling

approximately 30 CZK.

◗ Postal services

The main post office is open daily from 2 a.m.

until midnight. It is located at 14 Jindřišská Street

in the very centre of the city, near metro station

“Můstek”, the interchange metro station for the

A and B lines.

◗ Banks

Most banks are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Public transport


◗ There are three underground (metro) lines

operating in Prague – green (A), yellow (B) and

red (C). The metro system interconnects all the

important places around the city, with tram and bus

connections to destinations where the metro does

not reach. The public transport network is reliable

and covers the city thoroughly. The metro operates

daily from 5 a.m. to midnight. After midnight, public

transport is ensured by night tram and bus lines.

Important telephone numbers:

The EU universal emergency telephone number


Fire Brigade emergency number


Emergency medical service number


Useful links:

www . czech.cz

official website of the Czech Republic

www . praha.eu

web portal of the City of Prague

www . praguewelcome.cz

Prague tourist web portal



◗ Public transport fares



Children up

to 15 years

Basic 90 min. CZK 32 CZK 16

Short-term 30 min. CZK 24 CZK 12

1 day 24-hour CZK 110 CZK 55

3 days 72-hour CZK 310 -

Airport Express (AE) CZK 60 CZK 30

◗ Public transport links to Václav Havel Airport

Prague (Letiště Václava Havla)

Bus 119 – “Dejvická” (metro line A) – “Letiště Václava

Havla” – 22 min.

Bus 100 – “Zličín” (metro line B) – “Letiště Václava

Havla” – 16 min.

Bus 179 – “Nové Butovice” (metro line B)

– “Letiště Václava Havla” – 38 min.

Airport Express Bus – Prague main railway station

“Hlavní nádraží” (metro line C, with SC, EC, IC

and EN type rail links) – “Letiště Václava Havla”

– 33 min.

Municipal police emergency number


Emergency number of the Police


Information line (telephone numbers,

traffic information, information on cultural

events, etc.)


Useful Czech telephone numbers


Prague contact centre


Roadside assistance


Airport information – nonstop line

220 111 888

International country calling code

for the Czech Republic

+420 (00420)

www . czechtourism.com

official travel site of the Czech Republic

www . kudyznudy.cz

ideas for trips

www . florenc.cz

website of the Florenc coach terminal

www . cd.cz

Czech Railways website

www . prg.aero

Prague Airport website

www . dpp.cz

website of the Prague public transport operator

www . idos-jizdni-rady.cz

website timetables of trains, buses and public transport

in the Czech Republic and Europe, plane ticket


www . chmi.cz

website of the Czech Institute of Hydrometeorology

– information on weather in the Czech Republic

Daily operation, January 2013

Transportation map 17

Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy, a.s.


• Old-Town Hall

• Main Railway Station

• Rytířská 31

• Václav Havel Airport Prague

– Transit area




• Airport Terminal 1 and 2

Prague City Hall,

Jungmannova 29/35, Prague 1

Metro stations:

• Muzeum

• Anděl

• Nádraží Holešovice



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i-Prague 1/13

Quarterly journal

75,000 copies in English and

75,000 copies in German

Editor: Milan Beniš

Photos: Czechtourism, VitVit, Jirka23

National Gallery Prague

Design: AlineaPrint

MK ČR E 20878

Owing to the ongoing construction

works, the public transport

connections as depicted on the map

may change.

Please read the information at stops

or call the info line +420 296 19 18 17.



Railway station

Owing to the ongoing construction works in Letná, the public transport


connections Tram as routes depicted on the map


Bus routes

will probably Tram change. route out of order


Please read the information at stops

AE Airport Express bus

The stop is closed

to the airport

or call the info line 800 19 18 17.



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