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Valentine’s Day in Prague

The Valentine’s Day season is one of the most magical to explore in Prague.
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Surprise your other half with an unforgettable Valentine’s weekend! Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle to the romantic UNESCO town of Český Krumlov.

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Opera Ball

Your visit to Prague would not be complete without attending an opera at the State Opera, which features spectacular Neo-Renaissance settings.
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Valentine’s Day in Chateau Mcely

Spend this year’s Valentine’s Day in a fairytale style at the 5-star Chateau Mcely, which belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
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KVFF CULTURE TIP:

KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
June 28th– July 6th, 2013

One of the longest-running and most important film festivals in Central Europe takes place in the beautiful Spa town of Karlovy Vary located 2 hours west of Prague. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival features over 200 new films, documentaries and retrospectives from around the world. You can see plenty of Hollywood stars and attend fun events and parties.
www.czechtourism.com/e/international-film-festival-carlsbad

 

Mahler


MUSIC TIP:
MAHLER JIHLAVA MUSIC FESTIVAL “MUSIC OF THOUSANDS”
May 17th – July 7th, 2013

Mahler Jihlava Music Festival “Music of Thousands” takes place in the Moravian town of Jihlava. You will get a chance to listen to concerts in Jihlava’s Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and in Mahler’s hometown of Kaliste. Part of the program is also a fun cycling trip from Kaliste to Jihlava, where you can see a documentary films on Gustav Mahler’s life.

www.czechtourism.com/e/jihlava-mahler

Cesky Krumlov


FESTIVAL TIP:

FIVE-PETALLED ROSE CELEBRATION IN CESKY KRUMLOV
June 21st-23rd, 2013


Come to the UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov to relive someof the town’s traditions.The festival is named after the five-petalled rose that the noble Rosenberg’s family, who lived in the castle, wore on their coat during the late medieval and Renaissance periods. The festival’s highlights include swordplay demonstrations, procession of historic Renaissance costumes, historic craft fairs, banquets, medieval music, street dramas and medieval feast. Several events take place in the magnificent castle overlooking the picturesque town.
www.czechtourism.com/e/five-petalled-rose-celebrations-cesky-krumlov

Panorama


TRAVEL TIP:
PANORAMA TRAVEL: Charming Prague

Air inclusive / 7 Days and 5 nights in Prague from $ 1350 per person in double room

Panorama Travel’s “Charming Prague” package includes a round trip from New York to Prague and a 5-night stay in hotel Orion with daily breakfast. The package also offers a city tour of Prague. You will get a chance to discover the history and culture of Prague – “the city of hundred spires,” whose historic center has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. Travel must be completed by June 30th, 2013.
www.panoramatravel.com

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Nov 24-25th, 2012 Advent Festival at Nelahozeves Castle

Nelahozeves Castle

ADVENT FESTIVAL AT NELAHOZEVES CASTLE
November 24th
-25th , 2012

Come to celebrate Christmas in the picturesque Nelahozeves castle located 1 hours north of Prague. The two-day event boasts a full program of activities including tours of the Castle exhibition by guides in period costume, Advent concerts, children’s craft workshops, juggling shows and musicians. You will also get a chance to taste traditional Czech specialties.

http://www.lobkowicz.cz/en/Advent-Festival-86.htm

News From Czechtourism. August 2011 Issue

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Hotel Ibis

HOTEL TIP:

HOTEL IBIS

The newly opened 3-star Hotel Ibis is centrally located on the Wenceslas Square within a walking distance to the Old Town, National Museum and the Jewish Quarter. This good value hotel offers 181 air conditioned rooms, restaurant with a terrace and free internet access.

Ibis Hotel

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ATYPUS TRAVEL

Discover the picturesque regions of Moravia and Bohemia-a beautiful and still undiscovered corner of Europe! This superb adventure in the Czech Republic’s southern lands of Moravia and Bohemia offers a rare opportunity to explore a remarkable historical legacy of Baroque and Rococo castles, ancient but well preserved medieval towns, and centuries-old chateaus with impressive wine cellars. Further, you will get a chance to explore the scenic countryside in the Sumava National Park and its untouched wildlife and take a walk in the White Carpathian Mountains and the limestone Palava Hills, which are both UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

http://www.atypus.cz

Invisible exhibition

RESTAURANT TIP: 

INVISIBLE EXHIBITION
1 April 2011 – 1 April 2013

Could one hour of blindness open your eyes? Visit the “Invisible Exhibition” in Prague, offering a unique interactive journey to an invisible world, where in total darkness you find your way only by touch, sounds and scent. After visiting the exhibition you will be able to understand what life is like without sight. During the exhibit you will be lead by blind or partially sighted people on a journey that may change your perception on life.

http://neviditelna.cz/en/

   

Magical Christmas in the Czech Republic

Magical Christmas in the Czech Republic  The smell of mulled wine and Christmas sweets, the warmth of roasted chestnuts in your hands, the melody of carols, decorated streets, folk markets and Christmas trees on every square, that’s Christmas in the Czech Republic. Experience Christmas in the Czech Republic and let yourself be taken away by its festive, relaxed, and magical atmosphere. You certainly won’t regret it.  First comes Nicholas For Czechs, Christmas celebrations begin already on the first Advent Sunday, i.e. four Sundays before Christmas Eve. This year, Advent starts on 28 November. At this time, Christmas trees are lit up on town squares, cities are covered in Christmas decoration and the craft markets open. Kids’ endless waiting for Christmas and presents comes to an end with the visit of Saint Nicholas. In the Czech Republic, Saint Nicholas comes on December 5 accompanied by a devil and an angel. St. Nicholas gives nice children little gifts, primarily sweets, while naughty children receive a potato or piece of coal from the devil. Our tip: The Christmas tree at Prague Castle (www.hrad.cz) will be lit on 28 November by Livia Klausová, the Czech President’s wife. She will pass out little gifts to the children present.  Non-traditional gifts from traditional craft marketsYou can buy interesting, often very original gifts for your loved ones at traditional craft markets. Many old Czech crafts are usually being offered there. You will find various wood-carved sculptures, wooden kitchen utensils, straw Christmas ornaments and straw dolls, pottery, beeswax candles, original jewellery, and glass Christmas-tree decorations. You will certainly want to choose a little bell from one of the blacksmith’s stalls for the Infant Jesus to ring. The smith will make it on the spot right before your eyes. Should you become hungry while shopping, you will be able to taste several traditional delicacies. Those with a sweet tooth will savour the “trdelník” (sweet pastry made from rolled dough usually topped with sugar and walnut mix) or a brandy snap coated in cinnamon and sugar. Visitors preferring something savoury will find a rich offer of sausages and other pig-slaughter delicacies to choose from. Roasted chestnuts are also sure to please your taste buds. And finally, you will certainly be able to keep yourself warm with a cup of mead, mulled wine or punch. Our tip: The most beautiful Christmas markets in Prague are on Old Town Square and will be open from 27 November until 1 January next year. Smaller markets also can be found at Náměstí Míru (Peace Square) and Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square). A traditional Christmas fair is being prepared for the second and third weekends in November in the courtyard of the baroque Kuks chateau (http://www.ceska-apatyka.cz/). There will be a rich accompanying programme, too. Be sure not to miss the Old Czech Christmas markets in Český Krumlov (http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/cz/atr176.xml), which take place every Advent weekend. Czech Republic – a country of nativity scenes Czech people have a special liking for nativity scenes, and thus you will find hundreds, possibly even thousands of them. On the squares, near the Christmas markets, you will find directly under the tree live nativity scenes created especially for children. There, young visitors will be able to pet a donkey, lamb or perhaps a goat. During the Christmas holidays, nativity scenes are of course displayed in every church. The Czech Republic, though, also has several museums that specifically focus on nativity scenes. Probably the most famous “Mecca” of nativity scenes is Třebechovice pod Orebem (http://www.betlem.cz/cs/). The collections of this museum include over 300 nativity scenes created from various materials, the most prized of which is Probošt’s mechanical nativity scene. It is created from more than 2,000 mechanical parts. The Museum of Paper Crèches in Zábrdí u Husince in Southern Bohemia is undoubtedly worth seeing (http://www.papirove-betlemy.cz/). There are around 800 paper crèches created all around the world. The biggest crèche measures almost 4 metres, while the smallest can fit in a matchbox. The museum is open all year round and admission is free. Our tip: Near Prague, you can visit the Nativity Museum in Karlštejn (http://www.betlemykarlstejn.cz/). Apart from mechanical crèches, you also will see such rarities as mangers made from sugar or bread. Czech Christmas music Christmas in the Czech Republic also means listening to Christmas and Advent melodies. This year, people will sing carols together on Pilsen’s main square on 15 December (www.plzen.eu). As with every year, it will be the largest mass carolling in the Czech Republic. Czech Christmas is inherently connected with the Czech Christmas Mass by Jakub Jan Ryba, Czech composer from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Estates Theatre in Prague (http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz/) will present this work, also known as Hail, Master!, on 19 December. On 25 December, you will have the opportunity to listen to the Czech Christmas Mass played by the Prague Chamber Orchestra in the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude on Dušní Street in Prague (www.fok.cz). The Prague State Opera (www.opera.cz) also will be performing classical Czech Christmas pieces for its audiences. The Kühn Children’s Choir will sing songs from the works of Bohuslav Martinů, Vítězslav Novák, Zdeněk Lukáš, Petr Eben and Václav Trojan. Christmas in castles and chateauxYou can make your Christmas holiday more pleasant with a visit to some Czech castles or chateaus. Křivoklát castle, for example, is open to visitors the first two weekends in December and from December 26 through the end of the year (http://www.krivoklat.cz/). On December 18, you can experience Wallenstein-style Christmas at the Mnichovo Hradiště chateau (http://www.mnichovo-hradiste.cz/kulturni-prehled/), where you will be enchanted by the Baroque atmosphere. Special Christmas tours are prepared for interested parties from 26 to 31 December at the chateau in Horšovský Týn (http://www.horsovsky-tyn.cz/). From the first of December, visitors will also be able see the Museum of Nativity Scenes. You can enjoy the festive atmosphere at Loket Castle as well (http://www.hrad-loket.cz/). On 10 and 11 December, the castle’s courtyard will come to life with craft markets and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the exhibits.  Our tip: Christmas tours are also held on the first three Advent weekends at the Hořovice Chateau (http://www.zamek-horovice.cz/). You will be welcomed by guides in costumes who will relate to you the history of Christmas, its traditions, and Advent.  Mysterious Christmas customsChristmas, whether as a celebration of the solstice or the birth of Jesus Christ, typically was a time of contemplation on what the future has in store and is therefore connected with a number of customs by means of which our ancestors hoped to ensure a bright future. Many of these are still observed today. What awaits you in the next year is decided – according to old customs – by lead casting or apple cutting. If the shape of a star appears inside the apple after slicing it in half, you can expect sweet tomorrows. If you want to have more money next year, do not forget to put a carp’s scale under your Christmas dinner plate. The bravest among us may fast the whole day and perhaps see a golden piglet. If you wish to keep your family together, tie the legs of the table with a chain. If you want to get married, toss a shoe over your shoulder – if the toe is pointing away from you, your wish will be granted. Under no circumstances should you have poultry for the festive dinner, as luck would then desert you.  Carp and the Infant Jesus  The Christmas Eve menu and Christmas Day festivities receive great attention long in advance. Women bake Christmas sweets several weeks ahead. Lunch on Christmas Eve is usually simple, and some will even fast to see the golden piglet. In some Czech families, people have lentils for lunch as the tradition is it will improve their financial situation, while in others an Old Czech meal called “kuba” made of barely and mushrooms is served. After lunch people go to church to receive the eternal light and bring it home in little lanterns, and carols are often sung on the squares. The holiday dinner consists of South Bohemia-style fried carp with potato salad. In some households, fish soup is served before the main course. After the carp is finished, the Infant Jesus usually comes with gifts. He always announces his arrival by ringing a bell but then quickly disappears. Czech people thus open gifts in the evening on 24 December. Some families then go to church for midnight mass. The following festive days are marked by visits to relatives and friends.  New Year’s Eve Entertainment After the Christmas holidays, which are often in a gastronomic spirit, follows New Year’s Eve. In the Czech Republic, there are many possibilities for celebrating the arrival of the New Year. You can celebrate, for example, in the mountains where you can go skiing or sledging to shed those recently acquired extra kilos. The most popular Czech mountains are certainly the Giant Mountains, the Bohemian Forest and the Jeseníky Mountains (www.ceskehory.cz). On New Year’s Eve, you will certainly not be bored in the city either. Many clubs, discos and hotels in Prague and elsewhere – such as Roxy (www.roxy.cz), Lucerna music bar (www.musicbar.cz) and the music club Lávka (www.lavka.cz), to name just a few – have special New Year’s Eve programmes prepared. Theatres also are open. On New Year’s Eve, the Estates Theatre in Prague (http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz/) presents the comedy entitled A Tea Party at the Senator’s, while the Jiří Miron Theatre in Ostrava (http://www.ndm.cz) has prepared for its audiences a performance entitled “New Year’s Eve with Operetta and Musical”. The Brno City Theatre (http://www.mdb.cz/) shall please its devotees with the comedy Eine gute Partie (“A Good Party”). Our tip: You can celebrate New Year’s Eve directly on city squares. In Prague, these celebrations usually take place on Wenceslas Square.  Festivities in the Czech Republic don’t end with Christmas and New Year’s Eve, however, and you can receive your regular dose of information about what’s happening in the Czech Republic and where to go at www.kudyznudy.cz/en.

The Praue Orloj celebrates 600 years!

The Prague Orloj celebrates 600 years  One of the most admired technical and historical monuments in the Czech Republic, the Prague Orloj, or Prague Astronomical Clock, celebrates its 600th anniversary this year. The pride of the Old Town Hall was designed by Mikuláš of Kadaň at the request of the town councillors in 1410 and is unique around the world.  Thanks to the astronomical clock, it was possible from that time on in a multicultural city, which Prague undoubtedly was, to read the time using an alternate method. With the unveiling of the astronomical clock, Prague took its place among such Medieval metropolises as Padua, Bern and Strasbourg. The astronomical clock has been improved and repaired several times throughout its existence, as it has certainly been through its fair share of hardships. In the 18th century it was nearly lost forever to the scrap heap, while the most recent great misfortune came at the very end of the Second World War when the Old Town Hall was bombed out. It was, nevertheless, successfully repaired in the end. With about three quarters of the old original parts, it is still functional and is thus the most well preserved of its kind across the globe.  What exactly does the clock display? The clock’s key component is its astrolabe, an astronomical instrument with the help of which astrologers and mariners since the Middle Ages have determined the positions of the stars, the Sun and the Moon. It also served for determining local time as well as for navigation. The astrolabe comprises a large brass ring consisting of two circular components joined in the middle by a peg. By setting the relative positions of these circular components, it is possible to depict the position of the stars in the sky. The Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer are represented on the astrolabe by circles, though the equator is not marked. The signs of the zodiac can be seen around the astrolabe’s perimeter.  On the outer ring of the clock, golden numerals indicate Old Czech Time (or Italian time), according to which the day began at sunset. Central European Time (or Old German Time) is indicated by the golden hand. Essentially, this is the time by which we order our day, though the clock did not sound the time until after the post-war reconstruction of 1948. A unique feature of the Old Town astronomical clock is that it shows Babylonian time, which was calculated from sunrise to sunset and thus the duration of hours changed with the seasons, i.e. longer in summer than in winter. The Prague Orloj is the only one in the world that measures this time. The lower part of the clock features a calendar dial which shows the day and its place in the week as well as the month and year. Two hands of the clock deserve particular attention. One, with an icon of the Moon, shows the phase of the Moon (i.e. its waxing and waning). The second, with an icon of the Sun, is the most important part of the clock as the astrolabe is adjusted according to local solar time. The Sun is located on the same arm as the golden hand indicating the time.  Let’s not forget the Apostles Another feature of the Prague Orloj is the procession of the Apostles. At the top of every hour from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Apostles appear in the clock’s upper windows with their special attributes in hand. The procession was fabricated by the sculptor and woodcarver Vojtěch Sucharda – twice! The first time in 1912, and again after the clock was damaged by fire at the end of the Second World War. A small figure of a rooster, symbolising life, is placed above these windows. Its crow always concludes the parade of the Apostles. Flanking the clock, you can see four animated figures. On the left side, Vanity is represented by the figure holding a mirror. The wooden statue nods its head while admiring himself in the mirror. The Miser holds in his hands a cane and a purse which he waves while shaking his head disapprovingly. Both figures were destroyed during WWII and were replaced with copies from the mid-20th century. The figure of Death, or the Skeleton, survived the Old Town Hall fire and has been part of the clock since the 15th century. The Skeleton turns an hourglass with which it counts down human life, thereby reminding us with its chime and concurrent oscillation of our inevitable fate. The figure of the Turk is depicted with a lute and symbolises profligacy and lust as human vices. The clock also bears statues of Michael the Archangel, a Philosopher, an Astronomer and a Chronicler.  The little brothers Though the Prague Orloj is the most famous and oldest astronomical clock in the Czech Republic, lovers of complex clockworks can find items of interest elsewhere as well. The northern façade of the Olomouc Town Hall (http://www.tourism.olomouc.eu/) is graced by an astronomical clock dating back to the 15th century. During WWII, however, it was so heavily damaged that the Olomouc councillors decided to replace it with a new model in the spirit of the then popular aesthetic, i.e. in the style of socialist realism. A secessionist astronomical clock from the start of the 20th century also can be found on the town-hall tower in Litomyšl (www.litomysl.cz). The astronomical clock on the New Town Hall in Prostějov (www.mestopv.cz) also originated in the same period. For something different, visit the Ostrava Municipal Museum (www.ostrmuz.cz), which houses an indoor astronomical clock. It was constructed by Jan Mašek, an officer of the Vítkovice steelworks, during the first third of the 20th century. You can admire yet another specimen of human creativity at the Jan Amos Comenius Museum in Uherský Brod (www.mjakub.cz/), which houses the so-called Nivnice Orloj, constructed by local carpenter Josef Lukeš 90 years ago for the residents of Nivnice.     

 

  

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Trosky Castle and other mystrious places in the Czech Republic. September 2010 news

The most mysterious place in the Czech Republic is Trosky Castle

 What place is the most enigmatic, is woven with legends, and hides great mystery or the occult within? In a vote, readers selected several places that are sure to send shivers down your spine. Among them, for example, are the luminous passageway and phantoms of the Jihlava underground, the Býčí skála (“Bull Rock Cave”) for its connection with ritual sacrifices, and Houska Castle with its gateway to hell. Vampire lovers also are sure to be rewarded. Through its website www.tipsfortrips.cz, CzechTourism announced an opinion poll in which readers could vote between 3 and 19 July on the top nine most mysterious places in the Czech Republic. First place went to Trosky Castle with 28% of votes, while in second place was the Jihlava underground with 15%. The Rabštejn underground factory takes bronze as it is regarded as the most mysterious place by 14% of the 904 voters.  

1. Trosky Castle

Trosky is one of the dominant features of Bohemian Paradise. The castle is comprised of two towers, Baba (“The Crone”; 47 m) and Panna (“The Virgin”; 57 m). A legend tells of architect Čeňek of Wartenberg, who had underground passageways and caverns constructed for the purpose of secret supply to the castle and the possibility of escape. Many warning signs, some written even in Gothic script, can be seen in the passageways. According to the testimony of the occupant prior to the Second World War, the passageway leads to an underground lake. Beyond the lake are said to be low, ironclad doors leading to undiscovered treasures. To this day, the castle’s underground is believed to conceal valuable items of the robber barons Šof and Švejkar as well as Otta of Bergov, who in 1415 was involved in the looting of the Opatovice Monastery. Access to the underground from the castle, however, is concealed very well and to this day has not been discovered.

2. Jihlava underground

Luminous passageways, eerie shadows, dreadful cold and phantoms all can be found in the Jihlava underground. The passageway luminesces most during autumn rains and the spring thaw. The question remains whether the luminescence stems from phosphorus seeping from the skeletons of monks buried above the passageway or from radioactive minerals. The catacombs are 25 km long and 13 metres across at the widest point. It is thus clear that after the Znojmo underground this network of underground passageways is the second largest in the country. The passageways are the result of the connection of cellars that had been carved out of the rock since the end of the 14th century. 3. Rabštejn underground factoryA collection of underground premises can be found in the surrounding area of Česká Kamenice and Jánská. The factory was formed through an excavation of sandstone and was used together with the surrounding surface structures during the Second World War by Nazi Germany for military aircraft production. From August 1944 to April 1945, prisoners excavated around 17.5 km3 of underground spaces. According to Nazi figures, 80 people lost their lives working on the excavation. The actual number of labourers who died here, however, will probably never be uncovered. 4. Bull Rock Cave in the Moravian KarstIf you are intrigued by places with negative energy where ritual sacrifices have been performed, then visit the Bull Rock Cave. The cave is distinguished for the so-called Hallstatt burial ground discovered by Dr. Jindřich Wankel in the 19th century. It is a burial ground dating from the 5th century BCE for a nobleman accompanied into the afterlife by 40 young women, servants and horses. The body of the deceased was burned on a funeral pyre; the others were put to torture. The cut-off hands of some of the maids were found on a stone altar, while others were beheaded. The dead bodies were left where they fell. Today, some two thousand bats hibernate in the cave. 5. Potštejn castle ruinsThe castle was built around 1287 at the order of Půta of Potštejn. Potštejn consists of the inner residential buildings, the actual castle and three horseshoe-shaped ramparts. The Baroque Chapel of the Holy Stairs, which was later consecrated by St. John of Nepomuk, and a chapel devoted to the final station of the cross also can be found here. According to legend, the robber baron Mikuláš is supposed to have hidden his spoils here in the 14th century. For 35 years, Count Chamaré later searched for the treasure in the derelict castle so strenuously that the castle collapsed. The search for the castle treasure, which has still not been found, inspired the writer Alois Jirásek to write the novel “Poklad” (“The Treasure”). 6. Kounov standing stonesThis sight, located between Rakovník and Louny, features two and a half thousand large stones piled into parallel rows. Fourteen nearly full rows of stones, the longest measuring 350 metres, cover an area of approximately 11 hectares. The stones, which in their arrangement remind one of the celebrated menhirs in Carnac, Brittany, were discovered on Rovina Hill north of Kounov in 1934 by the teacher Antonín Patejdl. His interest was captured when he felt a shiver down his spine while counting them. The origin of these structures is dated roughly to the 7th century BCE. But what was their purpose? Did the Kounov stones serve as a temple for worshipping the Sun, a pagan calendar, a system of field demarcations or a UFO navigational system? Experts have yet to agree on the answer. What is clear is that they must have been transported to the site as they are of a much older origin than the hill. 7. Rosa Coeli ConventOne of the most important ecclesiastic high Gothic constructions in Central Europe, Rosa Coeli is located in the valley of the Jihlava River. The convent was founded in 1181 by Vilém of Pulín of the Kounic noble family as a penitence for ruined church property in Austria. The “Rose of Heaven” is exceptional for its magic energy which is beneficial for the human body. It is no wonder, then, that after staying in Rosa Coeli novelist Jan Skácel wrote a poem of the same name. Today, the premises are used by the Brno bishopric and the town Dolní Kounice for holding cultural events. 8. Dolní hřbitov in Žďár nad SázavouDolní hřbitov (“the lower cemetery”) is a Baroque structure built by Jan Santini in 1709 due to the impending pestilent epidemic. In the 19th century, Alois Ulrich, who serfs feared for his cruelty, took over the trusteeship in the large estate of the Žďár chateaux. They did not achieve peace even after his death, however, as the dead caretaker stalked the surrounding area as a vampire. The people thus called on an executioner who ordered that the grave be dug up. Ulrich came to life and began to rise. The executioner knocked him back down into the coffin and cut off his head. He then filled the mouth with poppy and ordered that they cover him with unslaked quicklime. Ulrich’s ghost has not appeared since. 9. Krudum Mountain in Slavkov ForestThe Church of St. Nicholas on Krudum Mountain in Slavkov Forest was for many years hidden under the earth’s surface. In 2002, a detailed archaeological survey was conducted during which archaeology students discovered the remains of a late Romanesque structure. The church was visited primarily by miners who were mining for amethyst there, and thus it earned the reputation as a church for miners. As interest in amethyst declined, the church gradually became overgrown until it eventually disappeared into the heart of the mountain. According to legends, the lost village hides a great fortune and the spirits of miners still meet for mass at St. Nicholas to this day. Voters themselves also recommended other mysterious locations. Houska Castle, which is woven with legends of a gateway to hell and a convict who was lowered into it, appeared most often in readers’ tips. It is still not known where this gateway is located. According to legend, it is guarded by a gruesome, faceless monk. Another interesting location is the Znojmo underground, one of the most extensive underground labyrinths in Europe. On the newly created sightseeing route, you will find fairy-tale characters, an alchemist’s workshop, rocks brought to life as well as prison dungeons. The Macocha Abyss bears a sad but true history. It is named for a stepmother who threw her husband’s son into the gorge. By whose hand she was made to pay for her horrible deed, however, we can only guess. Some say that when the stepmother later realised what she had done she returned to the abyss and jumped herself. The son, who managed to catch hold of a tree branch, was hoisted out of the gorge by his father, who had gone in search of him. In other tales, we learn that after getting Martínek out of the gorge the people of Vilémovice threw the stepmother down.

Czech Republic is on Discovery Channel. August 30-31st, 2010

Dear friends, collegues and supporters of the Czech Republic,We are pleased to inform you, that CzechTourism has been assisting Discovery Channel with the MegaWorld Czech Republic episode and NOW – you can see the outcome… 

The “MegaWorld Czech Republic” episode airs next week on Discovery Channel Canada at the following times: 

Monday, August 30th       at 7:00pm EasternMonday, August 30th       at 11:00pm Eastern Tuesday, August 31st      at 9:00am EasternTuesday, August 31st      at 12:00pm (noon) Eastern 

(For people outside the Eastern time zone, please check your local listings) Web: www.discoverychannel.ca 

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Enjoy the MegaWorld Czech Republic episode 

Warm regards 

What’s in Zurich this Summer?

 
Zürich Tourism Newsletter | July 15, 2010
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> Opening of Viaduct Market Halln
> Zürich – Compact and Informative on Your iPhone
> New: Mobile Guest Information for Tourists in Zürich
> Zürich – A Paradise for Hikers and Nature Lovers
> Agenda
 
 
 > Switzerland’s first covered market hall opens in Zürich
 
 
Opening of Viaduct Market Halln
 
On September 4th 2010, Switzerland’s first covered market hall is opening its doors in a unique ambience in the heart of Zürich. The VIADUCT MARKET HALL is sure to find fame as a place where you can find high-quality gourmet food items, as well as both a permanent full range of products and an interesting selection of market stands representing the diversity of local producers and their products.
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 > Interactive sightseeing and more
 
 
Zürich – Compact and Informative on Your iPhone
 
Zürich Tourism is now offering Swiss and international guests a very special city guide. With the new, free iPhone app “City Guide”, you can explore Zürich all on your own. When you download the app, the map information is sent at the same time, meaning no more roaming fees for foreign visitors. All content is available in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Download & more information at the Apple iTunes store.
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 > In-depth information “on the go”
 
 
New: Mobile Guest Information for Tourists in Zürich
 
The new mobile guest information from Zürich Tourism is environmentally friendly, innovative and directly accessible for tourists. During the summer months, two members of the Tourist Service Team ride through Zürich’s city center on Segways to provide local and international visitors with helpful tourist tips.
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 > A cool break from summer’s heat
 
 
Zürich – A Paradise for Hikers and Nature Lovers
 
Experience and enjoy Zürich’s natural beauty and hiking opportunities. Choose from lush parks, gardens open to the public, nature adventures such as Zoo Zürich, a cruise on Lake Zürich or a hike to a lake or river, through forests and over hills and valleys.
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 > Agenda
 
Street Parade 2010 Saturday, August 14, 2010
The most colorful house and techno party in the world draws hundreds of thousands of dance fans to Zürich’s lakefront area each year.
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Zürich Theater Spektakel Thursday, 08.19.2010 – Sunday, 09.05.2010
As the summer draws to a close, the Zürich Theater Spektakel presents highlights of the magical open-air season one more time.
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Zurich Film Festival Thursday, 09.23.2010 – Sunday, 10.03.2010
During the 11-day Zurich Film Festival, visitors and filmmakers can view domestic and foreign films, new discoveries and classics. The centerpiece of the festival is the international competition for the “Golden Eye” film prize (Goldene Auge).
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Freestyle.ch Friday, 09. 24.2010 – Sunday, 09.26.2010
Freestyle.ch is the largest freestyle sporting event in Europe. International superstars perform daring tricks and provide thrilling action during the competition.
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Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich Wednesday, 11.03.2010 – Saturday, 11.06.2010
Discover the fascination of “Prêt à Porter“. The Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich will turn the Swiss metropolis into one of the hot spots of fashion this fall!
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