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700th Bohemian anniversary for the Luxembourgs

700th Bohemian anniversary for the Luxembourgs

At the end of this year, it will be 700 years since the Luxembourg dynasty first took over the Bohemian crown. Two exhibitions are now being prepared in Prague and Ostrava and both expect great interest on the part of foreign visitors. The grand exhibition that will be held in Prague will be called Royal Wedding – Eliška Přemyslovna and John of Luxembourg 1310. It will run from November 4 this year until February 2, 2011 and will be housed in the House at the Stone Bell (U Kamenného zvonu). It is thought that this building was part of the royal residence and that the young couple spent their first years here after coming to Prague. On display will be part of the Bohemian Royal Treasure, including a crown that was certainly worn by one of the queens of Bohemia at the end of the 13th century. The exhibition “Moravian-Silesian Borderland during the Times of John of Luxembourg” (December 15, 2010 – March 31, 2011) is being organised by Ostrava Museum. It will deal with the first half of the 14th century and will focus especially on the personage of John of Luxembourg. On display will be originals of period documents and seals, and a collection of John of Luxembourg coins. Visitors will be able to see the oldest preserved bell in the Czech Lands dating back to around the year 1300.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

A good night’s sleep in a medieval bed

A good night’s sleep in a medieval bed

The newly-opened medieval Hotel Dětenice offers honest-to-goodness medieval accommodation. The furnishing of the rooms is naturally also medieval so there are no electric lamps, but candles. Nor will you be tortured by any hypo-allergenic mattresses as you will sleep on a solid wooden bed. Don‘t look for a porcelain loo either, as you‘ll have to make do with the outhouse. You won‘t find a shower, but you will find a watering can, which will also do the job admirably. The hotel is the only one in the Czech Republic to belong to a chain of quite unique hotels. Despite its medieval simplicity, the medieval Dětenice is also keeping up with the times and offers barrier-free suites.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

Balneotherapy prevention and treatment of infertility

Balneotherapy prevention and treatment of infertility

Time passes and nothing. No sign of any storks. No indication that anything has changed in the womb. Even though the experts say that male and female infertility are on a par as regards the inability of couples to have children (40% in each case), and that a combination of the two is responsible for 20% of these cases, let‘s give priority to female curiosity in how spa balneology can help them carry out one of their natural functions – i.e. contribute to reproduction of the species.

Section: Health & Beauty, Author: Hanka Čermáková
29.6.2010

Brno Graphic Art Biennial

Brno Graphic Art Biennial

Every first Friday in the month, visitors can enter the permanent exhibitions of the Moravian Gallery housed in the Pražák Palace, Museum of Applied Arts and the Governor‘s Palace free of charge. In June this will also apply in the case of exhibitions accompanying the International Biennial of Graphic Art, which presents all that is new in the field of graphic art for posters, companies, information and advertising. These include the Surrealism and Graphic Design exhibition, the exhibition of the members of the international jury and others. The Moravian Gallery in Brno is the only art museum in the Czech Republic focussing on art in a comprehensive way from medieval art up to the conceptual art of today.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

BRNO the royal city where noon rings out at 11 am

BRNO the royal city where noon rings out at 11 am

Brno is a major centre of culture, art and education, the metropolis of South Moravia, a place visited by people from all over the world. Thanks to its exhibition grounds, it is a major trade-fair city of Central European significance with direct flights to London and Moscow. All this is Brno, the royal city on the route linking Prague, Vienna and Bratislava.

Section: Cities & Towns, Author: Brno City Council
29.6.2010

Culinary calendars. What about some truffle ice cream

Culinary calendars. What about some truffle ice cream

Unfortunately, articles about gastronomy don‘t smell like the food they are about. However, that‘s possibly a good thing. Imagine your nose being inundated by a veritable medley of aromas involving everything from vanilla blancmange and fried salmon to sauerkraut and freshly baked bread! Of course, if you are a hotel chef, it is difficult to avoid such manifold aromas. And it was with top hotel chefs that we spoke in our quest to find out something about their culinary programmes for the new season.

Section: Gastro & Accommodation, Author: Hanka Čermáková
7.6.2010

EuroAgentur has the first Czech kosher hotel

EuroAgentur has the first Czech kosher hotel

EuroAgentur Hotels & Travel has opened the Friendly Kosher Hotel Downtown in the centre of the Czech capital. This is the very first kosher hotel in the country with a synagogue, daily supervision by a rabbi and complete services for Jewish clientèle.

Adaptations were made to this four-star hotel to meet the needs of even the most demanding Orthodox Jewish clients. For instance major changes had to be made in the kitchen and dining room. Meals are prepared by foreign specialists in the kosher cuisine, who import some of the ingredients from as far away as Vienna and Paris.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

Home away from home

Home away from home

With its 84 rooms, the first-class Hotel Ametyst in Prague is not a big hotel. When you enter, you won’t find yourselves in any cavernous reception hall talking to the front desk staff through a mist of impersonality. The hotel is very elegant, but still maintains an intrinsically homely atmosphere, which is also a reflection of the character of its manager Wolfgang Teufl, a distinctly homely gentleman himself. I went to see him recently, when the Czech hotel industry as a whole was bearing the full brunt of the ongoing economic crisis. Gloom and doom is rampant among quite a few Prague hotel managers, but Mr. Teufl and his excellent hotel seem to be riding out the storm quite successfully.

Author: Bedřich Havran
29.6.2010

Horologe with a history

Horologe with a history

The Prague astronomical clock on the building of the Old Town Hall is a unique monument dating back to the 15th century. It also constitutes a cunning instrument not only for telling the time, but also for perceiving it. If you have enough time yourselves while in Prague, it is very worth your while taking a closer look at the astronomical clock, which will show you that time is a very relative thing.

Section: Culture & History, Author: Hanka Čermáková
9.6.2010

Hrubý Rohozec – life in the 18th century

Hrubý Rohozec – life in the 18th century

The exposition that showed development in styles from the Renaissance up to Art Nouveau in the rooms of the stately home at Hrubý Rohozec in Liberec Region is gradually returning to the time when our grandmothers and great-grandmothers were young. Visitors can not only see grandiose rooms designed for entertainment and representative purposes, but also the baroque chapel of the Holy Trinity, the library with family picture gallery and a neo-Gothic dining room. They can also get a glimpse of the more private side of the life of the owners. Each of the guest rooms on the second floor tells a story concerning the life of one of the members of the family, relatives, friends or their entourage. You can enter the realm of the youngest inhabitants of the stately home, to the the playroom and bedroom of the little counts and see into the neighbouring chamber used by their governess. The stately home is open all year round to groups that order tours in advance.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

Mining museums attract more tourists

Mining museums attract more tourists

Taking trips down mines is not only a matter for a a limited number of enthusiasts. Mines that have been opened up as museums are attracting increasing numbers of tourists. According to a survey conducted by Mag Consulting, the number of people visiting such museums has increased four-fold in the last ten years. Last year, the number stood at 450,000. Interest will very likely continue to increase as such museums have plenty of scope for innovation. One example is the new Rope Centre at the OKD Mining Museum in Ostrava. The Mining Museum in Příbram also offers its visitors an exceptional experience. Visitors can go down into the Drkolnov mine in the same way as the miners used to, i.e. down the shaft along a fifty-metre slide. The most visited attractions include the Silver Mine in Kutná Hora and the Mayrau open-air museum in Kladno.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

Open in winter

Open in winter

Almost two hundred tourist attractions are open this winter. This includes historic buildings and other sights where visitors have to book in advance. Here we present six tips on where you can go no matter what the weather. The first is Dobříš Château not far from Prague. It is open to the general public all year round, including all its expositions and the French-style park. The château also offers accommodation and the arrangement of social and other events like weddings, family celebrations, seminars and conferences. The neo-Renaissance stately home of Stránov is located in the village of Jizerní Vtelno in the Central Bohemian region. You can find out for yourselves why the stately home has been described as being one of the most fairy-tale châteaus in the Czech Republic. You can also visit Sychrov, which offers three tours for visitors, night tours, falconry displays and concerts. The castle of Český Šternberk has been towering above the River Sázava for 760 years. During the winter, they also have a tour of the castle taking in 15 of its richly furnished rooms. The romantic stately home of Loučeň has an extensive park, a set of ten labyrinths and mazes and all sorts of other interesting attractions. You can see here an exhibition about the Bohemian branch of the Thurn-Taxis family. Mělník Château with its superb Lobkowicz wine cellars also keeps its doors open to those that are willing to brave the cold weather.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

The world of wooden toys

The world of wooden toys

The Detoa company that produces wooden toys in Albrechtice, which is in the Jizera Mountains in Liberec Region, is opening its doors to tourists. From March this year, they can take a tour of the century-old factory, during which they will see how a lifeless piece of wood is transformed into a yo-yo, a tank engine or a building set. The tour takes them into the design workshop. Detoa is one of the last manufacturers of wooden toys not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Europe, as practically all the other brands are now made in China. When you buy a Czech wooden toy you can be 100% sure that it has been thoroughly tested to ensure it meets all the health and safety regulations, that the toy will help develop a child‘s motoric capabilities, aesthetic sense and positive relation to natural materials.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
28.6.2010

Tipsport Laguna Beroun

Tipsport Laguna Beroun

All the fun of water attractions for big and small, young and old, for sports people and those that just like water. You will find all this at the aqua park in Beroun.

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28.6.2010

Ústí Region how to let your emotions out

Ústí Region how to let your emotions out

In Ústí Region you can laugh until your sides split, or you can just snooze and purr like a contented fat tomcat. You can also shake with fear, cry and scream, but one thing is sure. You will never forget such a holiday.

Section: Regions, Author: Hanka Čermáková
29.6.2010

When the Earth behaves badly

When the Earth behaves badly

Just like all of us the Earth can‘t be on its best behaviour all the time, and especially not in the Czech Republic where it has the habit of spewing, spitting and hissing. Indeed, its behaviour will sometime take you aback.

Section: Regions, Author: Hanka Čermáková
29.6.2010

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