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Biologist Petra Nevečeřalová on her life...

Marine biologist Petra Nevečeřalová, who hails from the north-Bohemian town of Ústí nad Labem, has been obsessed with whales since early childhood. Today, she is part of an international team of scientists who study evolutionary genetics of the...

Major stars come out on Karlovy Vary opening...

The 57th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival kicked off in great style at the weekend. The major Hollywood stars Russell Crowe and Ewan McGregor both received awards – and wowed the crowds – at the start of the region’s...

Intersex, duels of honour, hellraising:...

The Karlovy Vary film festival is currently in full swing in the West Bohemian spa town. As every year, the region’s biggest cinema event offers extremely broad fare, from main competition films to fascinating documentaries – and all sorts of...

Czechs celebrate legacy of reformer priest...

July 6th is a public holiday in the Czech Republic marking the 608th anniversary of the burning at stake of reformer priest Jan Hus. Masses are celebrated around the country, among others in Jan Hus’ birthplace Husinec and at Bethlehem chapel...

Glass Palace -1930’s luxury apartment...

Built at the end of the 1930s, the Skleněný palác or Glass Palace is a late functionalist-style apartment building constructed for Prague’s middle class. With its groundbreaking design and plush amenities, the palace was extraordinary not just...

You’ve got a friend in me – making friends...

Making friends in a foreign city can take time. Kevin Loo collects anecdotes from foreigners and Czechs to find out what it’s like to find genuine friendship during life abroad. Making real, genuine friendships is challenging enough in ordinary...

Commissioner Soška met with the minister for...

The General Commissioner of Czech participation Ondřej Soška visited on 10-19 June 2023 Japan on a business trip. Together with entrepreneurs, representatives of universities, and the Union of Industry and Transport, he became part of the...

“We want to make expats lives easier”: The...

Lucia Legáthová is an economic diplomacy specialist for the City of Prague and also runs the Prague Expat Centre, located in the heart of downtown. I recently sat down with Legáthová to talk about what the Centre does to help newcomers, and the...

Dashenka, Czech literature’s most famous...

This year marks 90 years since the publishing of Karel Čapek’s children’s book Dashenka, which chronicles the life of a fox terrier puppy growing up in the famous writer’s household. To mark the anniversary, the Karel Čapek Memorial at Strž...

Czechs celebrate legacy of Saints Cyril and...

July 5th is a public holiday in the Czech Republic honouring the legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodius who came to Great Moravia in 863 to spread the Christian faith and lay the foundations of literacy with the Glagolitic alphabet. Thousands of...

To cycle or not to cycle, that is the...

Prague is home to beautiful cycle paths in quieter areas of the city, but when it comes to hopping on two wheels in the heart of the city centre, it can be a safety gamble with aggressive drivers behind the wheel of cars, coupled with narrow...

50 years since death of legendary Czech...

July 3 marks 50 years since the death of the phenomenal Czech conductor Karel Ančerl. Ančerl was a Holocaust survivor, artistic director of the Czech Philharmonic for 18 years, and later a 1968 emigré to Canada. Karel Ančerl’s career was...

Canada D’eh! Canadians in Prague on what it...

Since the fall of communism, Prague has seen a massive increase in foreigners, and part of this group of expats are Canadians – a close knit community here in Prague who meet a few times a year to share some memories and laughs, and...

Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto celebrates the...

Whether you are a shoe junkie or a history buff, this is a place that will stop you in your tracks. The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is the largest museum in the world entirely dedicated to the culture, traditions and styles of footwear. Created...

Eastern Baton Blue in My Butterfly Collection

I have collected some photos of butterflies during my walks around the zoo. When I looked at them yesterday, I realized that it is a decent collection and includes some very rare species. Even the experts, who determined the relevant species...

King’s Day

On the occasion of King‘s Day, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mr Daan Huisinga, and Mrs Anne Huisinga-Paret hosted a reception at the Ambassador‘s residence.

Discussion with the Czech Minister of...

The Prague Society for International Cooperation organised a Public Policy Discussion with the Czech Minister of Transport, Hon Martin Kupka. The event took place under the patronage of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mr...

Nordic-Baltic National Days Together

The countries of Nordic and Baltic regions - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden - hold their yearly joint National Days celebration together. Prague is the only place where this celebration has been...

Thailand is not only Bangkok

It’s not a big secret that I love Thailand. I have visited this beautiful country several times, and have explored its beauty from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north to Phuket and the islands in the south. This time, we decided to have a...

A brief introduction to Apostolus and...

In 2016, a cooperation project was launched between the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of...

Singer Marek Ztracený sets Czech record with...

Czech singer songwriter Marek Ztracený is currently at the height of his career. Earlier this month, he sold out Prague’s Eden stadium three times in a row, attracting a domestic record of 100,000 spectators. Ztracený was born in a small...

A slice of Czechia and Slovakia in Toronto:...

Established in 1945 by members of the Czech and Slovak community, the Masaryk Memorial Institute, a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada, provides a space for young and old to celebrate their Czech and Slovak heritage. Czech and...

Taste of Prague’s Jan Valenta on Prague’s...

Taste of Prague is an Instagram page, food tour business, and now a bistro run by husband and wife duo Jan Valenta and Zuzana Valenta Daňková. I spoke with Jan to talk about how the business has grown over the years, and how Prague’s food scene...

June 2013: Czechia’s tallest building opens...

At 111 metres, Brno’s AZ Tower remains Czechia’s highest building a decade after it officially opened in June 2013. The idea of outdoing the hitherto tallest building in the country, the City Tower in Prague, came from Brno’s leaders; the AZ...

No porn and vibrators, but still happy

Pornography, sex shops and prostitution were all taboo in communist Czechoslovakia. And there was no sex education of any kind, neither in schools nor in teen magazines. So how did Czechs live without all that? With no official sources, young...

Foreign Minister Lipavský: struggle for...

As the turbulent events of the past weekend unfolded in Russia, world leaders braced for potential civil war that could turn the tide of history within the space of hours. The Czech foreign ministry warned Czech nationals against travelling to...

The two-day visit of President Petr Pavel...

The presidential couple started the first day with a visit to Cimburkova elementary school: They proceeded to a memorial service to honor the memory of the victims of communism: Full speech can be found here ( in Czech ). After the lunch of the...

“Ukrainians are fighting for our common...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Czechia has deployed a mobile ICU bus to be used across Ukraine to provide medical aid to those in need. I spoke to Petr Gandalovič, Director of the Department of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid...

Milada Horáková: Politician and...

Czechs are marking 73 years since the death of Milada Horáková, a democratic opposition leader who was sentenced and executed in a communist show trial on June 27, 1950. A host of events is taking place around the country in honour of the brave...

Lucerna Cinema on making Czechoslovak film...

Lucerna Cinema, built in 1909 by the grandfather of the late Czech president Václav Havel, is one of the oldest cinemas in Europe. While they screen both Czech and international films, their monthly series Made in Czechoslovakia spotlights a...

Kvitová makes comeback in Berlin

Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová will be bringing home yet another trophy after Sunday’s German Open final in Berlin. The current top-ranked Czech tennis player in the world cemented her position by beating the Croatian Donna Vekic without...

“They signified America”: Prague exhibition...

It is well-known that jeans – a symbol of the West – were a highly sought-after commodity in the final decades of communism in Czechoslovakia. How did people manage to obtain them? And what imported brands were even available? I visited a new...

Czechia slides down global gender equality...

Czechia has slipped down the World Economic Forum’s rankings for gender equality. The country is currently ranked 101st out of 146 countries, 25 places lower than it was last year. I discussed the situation with Johana Jonáková, head of...

“More empathy would go a long way”: NGO...

Homelessness is a significant problem for both men and women in Prague, but women have specific issues and vulnerabilities they face on the streets. Olga Pek, an employee of the NGO Jako Doma, is working to raise awareness around these issues...

Minister Lipavský: Czech economy must move...

Over 150 Czech economic diplomats based the world over met in Prague this week for consultations on how to further the country’s economic interests. Addressing the gathering, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský stressed the need to transform the...

Back with Basic: award-winning artist dné...

Czech electronic music artist dné released his debut LP several years ago, picking up multiple domestic awards and millions of streaming plays. Now dné, known to his friends as Ondřej Holý, is back with a long-awaited follow-up, Basic Living...

Speaker of the House of Representatives in...

The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, led a delegation on an official visit to the State of Israel. In the Knesset, she negotiated with her Israeli counterpart, Amir Ochana...

THE FIRST FOAL OF THE PREVALSKY HORSE AT...

The first foal was born in the paddock of Převalský’s horses at the Maiden’s Castle in Prague. It is also the first addition of this species to the Prague Zoo this year. The mother is the five-year-old mare Khamiina, the father is...

PUPPIES OF THE FOREST DOG RUN IN FRONT OF...

Forest dog puppies were born at the Prague Zoo. Visitors can now observe the pair of cubs in the outdoor enclosure. These South American beasts managed to breed here after five years. This is the first litter of a newly assembled pair of these...

THERE IS A NEW FEMALE ROCKER ON THE AFRICAN...

A new female Cape grebe has arrived at the Prague Zoo. Almost six-year-old Sabi forms a breeding pair with fourteen-year-old male Draco. Visitors can now observe the new couple in the African House. “Breeding Cape grebes in human care is...

UNESCO weighs in on Vyšehrad railway bridge...

Prague’s Vyšehrad Railway Bridge, built in 1901 and granted national monument status in 2004, has long been in need of repair. But the dispute over how those repairs should be carried out have intensified since an architectural competition to...

Czechs in “information war” with Russians...

An international conference on Ukraine organised by Czech Radio on the occasion of its 100th anniversary took place in Prague on Thursday. The event, focusing on the role of public media in covering the events in Ukraine was attended by, among...

Touchdowns in the heart of Europe: American...

If you’ve heard the roars of a crowd at Prague’s Viktoria Zizkov stadium, there’s a chance it’s been fans of the Prague Lions, the American football team who recently qualified for the European League of Football (ELF) this season. This past...

Steroid abuse among young people in Czechia...

According to the Czech police, there has been a sharp increase in the number of young people taking steroids over the last few years. Experts say that social media and the pressure to achieve the “perfect body” play a significant role. Police...

Czech NGOs fear stricter legislation will...

This Tuesday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day, held to honour people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes in the face of conflict and persecution. In connection with the annual day, the Czech office of the UN Refugee...

Pavlína Adam on hiking the Great Himalaya...

Pavlína Adam, a biologist and adventurer, recently became the first Czech woman to complete the Great Himalaya Trail, one of the world’s most difficult treks, stretching 1,700 kilometres across the Himalayas, with an approximately 240,000...

“He has returned a degree of dignity to the...

Saturday marks Petr Pavel’s first 100 days as president of Czechia. What have been his biggest successes – and his biggest failures? I spoke to political scientist Jiří Pehe about how he would rate how the fledgling president is doing so far...

Founder of world-famous luxury glass company...

Ludwig Löwi Moser supplied the courts of emperors and monarchs such as Franz Joseph I, the Persian Shah and the British King Edward VII with his elegant creations. The founder of the global brand Moser was not only a skilled craftsman, but also...

Compilation of Czech rock great Mišík...

Špejchar 1969–1991 I–II is the title of a compilation by the great Czech singer and guitar player Vladimír Mišík. The double album, which has now been rereleased by the label Supraphon, contains many of the popular artist’s best-loved songs...

“It’s quite an amazing year”: Robin Wright...

The organisers of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival have just revealed that actress Robin Wright will appear this year. She joins other star names, including Russell Crowe, whose band will perform for the public on the opening night...

Metronome festival to spotlight Czech and...

On Wednesday the sixth edition of the Metronome festival will kick off in Prague, ushering in four days of international musical programming and cultural events. I spoke with David Gaydečka, the founder of the festival, about the development of...

Koruna Palace: The “Crown” of Wenceslas...

Although perhaps not as well-known as the nearby Lucerna, the Koruna Palace is an architectural masterpiece. With its unique blend of function and style, the palace has been an important Prague feature for over a century. The Koruna, or...

Prague street called after Soviet general to...

In the latest in a series of moves by the city to rid itself of reminders of its decades of Soviet occupation and oppression, Prague City Hall voted on Monday to rename Koněvova Street, which is called after the controversial Soviet military...

Why did Czechoslovakia decriminalise...

Czechoslovakia decriminalised homosexuality in 1961, earlier than many Western European countries. Why was it that the generally repressive Communist regime showed such tolerance? And what was like life for gay people under communism? The...

A day for dads: But are Czech fathers active...

Father’s Day is this Sunday, but are Czech dads actively involved in the day to day domestic duties of running a family amongst heterosexual couples, or are mothers still bearing the brunt of the workload? I asked Dr. Jana Klímová Chaloupková...

“The main theme of the paintings is the...

On Tuesday evening at the Platforma 15 gallery in Prague, Czech artist Renata Machýčková will debut her first show in 10 years in her native country. The exhibition titled “Blades on Heels” showcases her paintings as well as paper carvings that...

“Everything started with the Queen Mother”:...

František Bělský is largely unknown in his native country. However, the Czech, who was born in 1921, achieved great success in his adopted UK, becoming the only sculptor ever to create busts of four generations of the royal family. Bělský’s...

A Contemporary of Dinosaurs in Darwin Crater

In Darwin Crater we have recently introduced Winkleigh, the wombat female, to the public. Now we are expecting the arrival of the breeding group of Tasmanian devils. And between these two major events, one more has been squeezed in: We now have...

Lenka Lichtenberg on setting her...

Lenka Lichtenberg is a Prague-born singer and composer living in Toronto. She has recently won the Juno Award, Canada’s highest music prize, for Thieves of Dreams, an album based on poetry written by her grandmother in Terezín during the...

How Czechs became experts on the female...

In the 1950s, during the darkest phase of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, Czech sexologists started to research the female orgasm, outpacing most of their colleagues abroad. What triggered their interest in the topic and what exactly...

Two north-American pilgrims walk across...

Two pilgrims from the United States and Canada have just covered over 700 kilometres across Moravia on foot. They were tracing the footsteps of their distant ancestors from the Hutterite community, who were driven out of Europe in the 18th...

A hidden gem in Prague: Troja gardens open...

The Open Gardens festival will be taking place across Prague this weekend, with different gardens scheduling unique programming. The festival is the perfect opportunity to learn about the unique art and architecture featured in gardens...

Jakub Cigler: Demolition of Brutalist...

Jakub Cigler is perhaps THE architect of post-1989 Prague. His Jakub Cigler Architekti are behind the ongoing remodeling of Wenceslas Square and have also designed such buildings as Quadrio, Florentinum and The Park in Chodov.

81 years since Lidice massacre: the village...

Hundreds of villages in the European military theatre of World War II became the target of Nazi massacres, where entire populations of inhabitants were systematically murdered and the villages razed to the ground. But perhaps none became more...

June 1888: founding of Czech Hiking Club by...

The Czech Hiking Club was born 135 years ago in June 1888, established by a group of travel enthusiasts. Its chairman, Vojtěch Náprstek, came up with a unique hiking trail network that serves tourists and hikers to this day.

Lenka Lichtenberg’s Juno awarded album...

Lenka Lichtenberg is a Prague-born world-music artist based in Canada. Her most recent album, Thieves of Dreams: Songs of Theresienstadt’s Secret Poetess is based on poetry that her grandmother wrote in the Terezín concentration camp during the...

Same-sex stork couple from Czechia makes...

A pair of white storks from Czechia have recently made international headlines. The unusual couple, consisting of two females, have been nesting on a chimney in south Bohemia, taking turns in caring for their two chicks. According to...

A hopping good time: Prague Castle festival...

The annual microbrewery festival took place this past weekend in the Prague Castle gardens, highlighting 50 of the best microbreweries from every end of Czechia. Each year, the festival draws in thousands of beer lovers, local and tourists...

“We offer equal partnership,” says Lipavský...

The Czech foreign minister, Jan Lipavský, has just kicked off a working trip to Angola and Zambia. Czech foreign policy is increasingly focused on Africa and Mr. Lipavský says Europe needs to “bring a better offer” if it is to weaken Russian...

Sharing food with strangers: Tables in shape...

Hundreds of people gathered at Prague Castle on Monday evening to break bread with their neighbours. Long tables were arranged in the shape of a heart around St. Vitus Cathedral for people to sit and share a communal feast together.

Remains of dozens of communist-era political...

Researchers have announced a gruesome find at Prague’s Pankrác jail: the cremated remains of 80-plus communist-era political prisoners. The dead included executed opponents of the regime, though much remains unclear about the victims’...

The Platýz Palace: An oasis of calm in the...

The Platýz Palace is a grand building located on Prague’s Národní třída, not far from Jungmannovo náměstí. During its long history the palace served as a noble residence and an inn, before later becoming one of Prague’s first apartment...

Prague march to highlight violence against...

A march set for Prague on Thursday aims to show solidarity with victims of sexual and domestic violence in Czechia. The organisers are also demanding change – specifically for the Czech government to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Navrátilová: I’m happy today’s children...

Czech-born all-time tennis great Martina Navrátilová has just received an award in Prague, the silver medal of the president of the Senate. The 66-year-old said she was happy to be back – and glad that today’s young sports people don’t have to...

Cities sign international commitment for low...

At the launch event of the new 'Eurocities Lille Call to Action for low carbon and more inclusive culture', 24 cities already signed the document and many more have pledged to. This new initiative, led by the city of Lille and Eurocities...

Mayor of Leipzig elected new Eurocities...

The Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, will represent major European cities in the coming two years, as President of Eurocities. He succeeds the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nordella, and is joined by the Mayor of Ghent, Mathias De Clercq, who will...

A COUPLE OF WOMBATS ARE ALREADY USED TO EACH...

After the wild pairing, the atmosphere in the common wombat exhibit is noticeably calmer. Biting, gnashing of teeth, and loud yelling have been replaced by regular meetings and obvious interest in each other. Visitors can get to know the first...

Dozens take part in traditional scythe...

Several dozen people gathered in Prague’s Stromovka Park at sunrise on Friday morning to take part in the annual scythe mowing event, during which they cut down a wild flower meadow to the sound of folk music. The traditional scythe mowing...

Prague Quadrennial presenting scenography...

Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the largest festival of its kind in the world, gets underway in Prague on Thursday. Located in various venues around the capital, it will explore scenography in its broadest sense, from scenic...

The President of the Republic Petr Pavel...

The President of the Republic, Petr Pavel, was on a working visit to Slovakia on June 6 and 7. He attended the meeting of B9 presidents in Bratislava and visited the soldiers of the Czech contingent at the training center in Lešt.

Capturing the soul of Prague: The Prague...

At CAMP, the Centre for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning in downtown Prague, a new exhibit presents a mosaic of everyday life in the city through the eyes of Dutch photographer Iwaan Baan. The exhibit features thousands of images of...

The Speaker of the House discussed Czech...

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarová Adamová held talks on 7.6.2023 with her Korean counterpart Kim Jin-pyo in Prague. The main topics were Czech-Korean cooperation in the political and economic fields. The President, who visited...

Speaker of the House: Georgia’s future...

June 6, 2023 – Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarová Adamová, Speaker of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka and Speaker of the Slovak National Council Boris Kollár jointly made a two-day working trip to Georgia. In the...

Night of Open Churches opens 1,800 houses of...

More than 1,800 churches, temples and religious sites will open their doors to the public within the 15th annual Night of Open Churches on Friday, June 2. The event includes concerts, exhibitions, and access to houses of prayer otherwise closed...

“The magical thing” about Prague in the 90s:...

Immersion, translated into Czech as ‘do hloubky’, is the new and cool-looking graphic novel by Adam Trachtman that details his adventures – linguistic, itinerant, and sexual – as he joins the hordes of young Westerners heading east in the early...

June 2020: Marian Column returns to Old Town...

A replica of a Marian column torn down in 1918 was erected on Prague’s Old Town Square three years ago, in June 2020, after years of often turbulent debate. A group called the Society for the Restoration of the Marian Column lobbied for the...

Lucerna Palace: a modernist Prague icon

Located just off Wenceslas Square, the Lucerna Palace is an iconic building. Its rooftop terraces and passages are unique even for the historic centre of Prague. Interestingly, the palace was originally planned to be one storey higher and have...

Lipno: South Bohemia’s “sea” surrounded by...

If you ask a Czech for a good summer getaway, it is quite likely they will mention the Lipno reservoir. Built during the 1950s it is not only the largest reservoir in Czechia, but it also borders the beautiful Šumava Natural Park. Despite being...

Less freedom, more sex

There were no goods in shops. You weren’t allowed to travel. Rock stars didn’t come to the country to perform. So how else were Czechs supposed to entertain themselves? “Sex was one of the few pleasures that were available back then at the same...

People in Need helping in dam-flooded...

In the wake of the Kakhovka dam flooding, the Czech government and NGOs have joined the humanitarian aid effort. The Czech Defense Ministry is preparing a consignment of tankers for the distribution of drinking water, life vests and water pumps...