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Summer Return to the Valley of Monasteries

Whenever we release in western Mongolia Przewalski’s horses transported from Europe, I experience a feeling of satisfaction. Of course… However, I had a similar feeling also last week, when we returned to the East of Mongolia, the Valley of...

Ryan Gosling, Barbie – and Prague’s Karel...

The new movie Barbie is currently doing incredible box office around the world. And the film’s male lead Ryan Gosling has delighted many Czech fans by saying that the way Barbie was made reminded him of the work of the pioneering 1950s and...

INTERSPECIES FOSTERS AT THE PRAGUE ZOO

In the enclosure of Cuban flamingos in the lower part of the Prague Zoo, visitors can observe a few remarkable foster children these days. An experienced pair of Cuban flamingos took in a baby of another species – a pink flamingo...

The Wallenstein garden: where history and...

The second largest park in Prague’s city centre, the Wallenstein garden was built by Albrecht von Wallenstein and modelled after an Italian mannerist garden. Visistors can enjoy beautiful flower beds, fountains, and of course the famous...

Title for Vondroušová peak of Wimbledon to...

Czech tennis has just enjoyed an unforgettable weekend. Markéta Vondroušová became the first ever unseeded champion of Wimbledon in women’s singles, while Barbora Strýcová lifted the women’s doubles titles in her last appearance at the All...

Summer Festivities of Early Music kick off...

The annual Summer Festivities of Early Music get underway in Prague on Tuesday evening, bringing historical music to unique venues around the Czech capital. I discussed the event with its director Josefína Knoblochová and I first asked her...

EP79: Ethan Scheiner

California-based author Ethan Scheiner discusses his new book Freedom to Win, centred on Czechoslovakia’s 1969 ice hockey wins over the USSR, and the riots that followed. See the rest here. Author: Ian Willoughby

Exhibition marking 100 years of Czech Radio...

An exhibition marking 100 years since the start of regular radio broadcasting in Czechoslovakia will get underway at the Czech Center in New York this coming Monday. The commemoration will also feature a concert, live broadcasting from the US...

The presidential couple ended their visit to...

President Petr Pavel and his wife Eva ended their trip to South Bohemia with rescuers at the Lipno reservoir. The visit to Dolní Vltavica was intended to draw attention to the importance of volunteer work, prevention and education. During the...

Unexpected Prague attractions going viral on...

Prague’s best-known attractions are familiar to millions around the globe. But now unconventional sights and secret corners of Prague, far from the usual tourist spots, are gaining online fame as a young generation of travelers seeks new...

Myslbek – one of Prague’s youngest modern...

The Myslbek Palace on Na Příkopě street is one of Prague’s newest modern palaces. Constructed in the late 1990s, the building connects two historically distinct areas of Prague, the city’s main shopping boulevard and the Old Town behind it. In...

Pop legend Karel Gott speaks from beyond the...

To celebrate Czech Radio’s centenary, its creative team wanted to highlight not only its vast historical archives, but also its future. And so the idea was born for Gott Forever, a project to recreate the speaking voice of Karel Gott, who...

“A replay of a lost war”: New book explores...

Czechoslovakia’s victories over the USSR at the 1969 ice hockey world championships – just a year after Soviet tanks had rolled into the country – represent a famous moment in the country’s modern history. Those games, and the riots they...

Number of foreign workers continues to grow...

The number of foreign workers coming to Czechia continues to grow, as new data compiled by the Czech Statistical Office shows. To understand these new trends, we spoke with Dalibor Holý, Director of the Labour Market and Equal Opportunities...

Beyond traditional travel destinations:...

Under the communist regime, Czechs were limited to say the least in terms of their travel destinations. Those who were able to get permission often went to the then Yugoslavia – and Croatia remains the leading summer holiday destination for...

Burna Boy, Gilberto Gil and other...

Colours of Ostrava is set to take place in the Moravian city on Wednesday through to Saturday, bringing together a wide variety of musical performances and other entertainment. We spoke to Jiří Sedlák, coordinator of the festival, about what to...

Bohemia Jazz Fest bringing world-class jazz...

The Bohemia Jazz Festival was launched in 2006 by the acclaimed jazz guitarist Rudy Linka with the aim to bring world-class jazz to the Czech Republic. Over the years, it has become one of the biggest and most popular jazz festivals in Europe...

Empanadas for dogs? Argentinian bistro...

When one door closes, another opens. At least, that seems to be the case in Prague 6’s Dejvice district. Just as one establishment in the neighbourhood closed down – the legendary A Maze in Tchaiovna, a quirky meeting point that fused British...

July 1933: Czechoslovak Letov Š-328 bomber...

The Letov Š-328, Czechoslovakia’s most common single-engine bomber and observation plane in the interwar period, made its first flight 90 years ago, on July 19, 1933. The Š in the name Š-328 was the initial of the plane’s designer, a man named...

OPENING OF THE NEW SZECHUAN AVIARY

On Saturday, July 22, visitors to the Prague Zoo will be treated to a ceremonial opening of the aviary at the Sečuán pavilion. The newly built exposition will allow the rare birds of the Himalayan foothills to inhabit outdoor spaces as well...

WEEKEND OF INSECT CARNIVALS AT THE PRAGUE ZOO

Insect poke bowl, crickets on garlic, or locusts in banana batter – you can come and taste all this weekend at the Prague Zoo. The popular insect festival will offer non-traditional gastronomic experiences, special commented feeding of...

Czech companies eager to take part in post...

One of the topics on the table during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Prague last week was the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, in which hundreds of Czech companies are eager to partake. Tomáš Kopečny, the government’s...

Expert: New national strategy sees citizens...

The Czech government recently approved the country’s first new National Security Strategy since 2015. Unsurprising, the plan of action is influenced by Russia’s war on Ukraine. But how? And what else is different? I spoke to Petr Tůma, visiting...

“It’s really big”: Czech authorities...

A Czech-based, Russian-owned company is under investigation on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by exporting heavy machinery to Russia, news outlet Deník N reported on Thursday. The case is being described as potentially the country’s...

President Pavel ended his participation in...

He announced that the Czech Republic will join in further supporting Ukraine Today, President Petr Pavel participated in the second day of the NATO summit in Vilnius. In addition to the heads of state and government meeting and the first ever...

The Svět Palace: Libeň’s decrepit famous...

The constructivist Svět Palace was for many decades the focal point of community life in Prague’s Libeň neighbourhood. Known as Libeň’s answer to the Lucerna Palace, Svět appeared in several works by the famous author Bohumil Hrabal, who was a...

Czechia voices support for Ukraine ahead of...

The eyes of the world are on Vilnius where NATO is debating Ukraine’s increasingly pressing demands to be allowed to come under NATO’s protective umbrella and new defense plans for the alliance. Czechia has made it clear that it supports...

Huge loss for world literature: Head of...

The internationally renowned Czech-born writer Milan Kundera has died at the age of 94. He was the best-known contemporary Czech novelist in the world, authoring books such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being, which became famous the world...

How good has 57th edition of Karlovy Vary...

The 57th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival comes to a close on Saturday night with the traditional glitzy awards ceremony. But what have been the best films in the main Crystal Globe competition? And what has been the overall standard of...

Blaga’s Lessons wins Karlovy Vary as Robin...

The big winner at this year’s Karlovy Vary film festival, which culminated on Saturday night, was Blaga’s Lessons, with the Bulgarian film taking the Best Film and Best Actress prizes. Meanwhile, star Robin Wright brought Hollywood glamour to...

50 years of Ještěd Tower

50 years ago, the Ještěd Tower, a television transmitter also housing a hotel and restaurant on top of Mount Ještěd near the North Bohemian town of Liberec, opened to the public for the first time. Architect Karel Hubáček and structural...

Janáček and Luhačovice Festival enters its...

The great Czech composer Leoš Janáček was a regular visitor of the Moravian spa town of Luhačovice, and composed a number of his works there. However, only one of his musical compositions is actually set in Luhačovice – the opera Osud (Destiny...

Olga is here with us – a reminder of...

Holy Mass for Olga Havelová On the anniversary of Olga Havel’s 90th birthday, on July 11, a Holy Mass open to the public was held in the Týn Church on Old Town Square in Prague. Msgr. Václav Malý, a member of the board of directors of the...

Franciscan gardens: tranquil oasis in...

Did you know there’s a hidden garden right in the centre of Prague? The Franciscan gardens are located in between Wenceslas and Jungmann square, providing a tranquil oasis for visitors in the bustling city centre. Authors: Barbora Navrátilová...

Czechia to Zelensky: Ukraine will not remain...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Prague on Thursday for talks aimed at drumming up support for his country’s fast track admission to NATO ahead of next week’s summit in Vilnius. He received assurances from the president and...

Zelensky’s chief of staff: We Ukrainians...

Andriy Yermak, known as Volodymyr Zelensky’s right-hand man, is the Ukrainian’s president’s chief of staff and liaison officer on key issues. He negotiates with the Russians on prisoners of war or with the Americans on key arms supplies. Andriy...

Český Malín: The Czech village in Ukraine...

Some 374 Czechs and 26 Poles were murdered by Nazi soldiers in the village of Český Malín in the Volhynia region of western Ukraine on 13 July, 1943. The reason for the massacre still remains unclear to this day. Even now as the Russian...

New book highlights work of unknown...

Karel Bucháček was a keen amateur photographer who captured everyday life in Prague in the final decades of communism, as well as the dramatic events of the 1968 invasion. A new book called Stifled City aims to bring fresh attention to this...

KoresponDance festival will visit Žďár nad...

The main part of the KoresponDance festival will visit Žďár nad Sázavou in just a few days. Most of this year's performances will take place at the local castle, Dolní hřbitov and Zelená hora between July 13 and 16. The introductory part in...

THE FIRST EUROPEAN Baby Pangolin BENEFITS...

The five-month-old cub of Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) – female Šiška – is increasingly active, has almost switched to “solid” food, and weighs close to 1,600 grams. The Prague Zoo thus came close to historic...

The Office of the General Commissioner and...

Prague 30 June 2023: The Office of the Commissioner General and the House of Lobkowicz hosted a meeting of EXPO 2025 partners and supporters on Monday, June 26, 2023. Despite the steamy weather, two hundred guests arrived, including the...

Historic meeting took place at the office of...

On Tuesday 4 July 2023, a historic religious meeting took place at the office premises of Humanitas Afrika in Prague. In an extraordinary move, which could be described as the first of its kind in the Czech Republic, Kofi Nkrumah head of...

Žďár nad Sázavou site of 20-metre-tall...

Žďár nad Sázavou in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic recently had the unusual honour of becoming the site of a 20-metre-tall cardboard structure inspired by the works of Czech architect of Italian descent Jan Blažej Santini, whose...

Experience the beauty of Mala Strana in...

Prague is home to many beautiful gardens, but the Vrtba, located in Prague’s Mala Strana neighbourhood, is one of the most striking. Featuring a bird aviary, colourful flowers, and terraces that overlook the historic old town, it’s surely a...

Třebíč commemorates 20 years since UNESCO...

The Basilica of St. Procopius and the Jewish Quarter in Třebíč attract thousands of visitors every year to the picturesque town located at the foothills of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. Other than Jerusalem, Třebíč’s Jewish landmarks are the...

Czech-born jazz singer Barbora Tellinger on...

Barbora Tellinger is a Czech-born jazz singer, composer and music teacher who spent most of her life in South Africa, only returning to her native Czechia shortly before the covid pandemic broke out. After a successful career in the South...

Medieval glass mosaic at St. Vitus Cathedral...

One of the most valuable medieval monuments at Prague Castle, the glass mosaic of the Last Judgement at Saint Vitus Cathedral, is undergoing a close inspection. Two decades ago, the 650-year-old glass mosaic of the Last Judgement was completely...

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...

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...

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...

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...