A new fashion chain is coming to the Czech Republic. The German chain van Graaf will open its flagship at the bottom of Wenceslas Square. The company has announced the plan on its web site. The company will offer men’s and women’s clothing in 12, 000 square metres of space. “Van Graaf will reside in the recently reconstructed building Práce. According to the latest information, it should open in the autumn,” said Sylvie Samadi from international real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle. Van Graaf belongs to the Peek & Cloppenburg KG, which owns a number of shops and rents large retail spaces in shopping centres in Germany and in other European countries. The group has only been represented by theContinue Reading

A taxi ride in Prague should become more relaxed. No more old Škodas or Volhas. A new City Hall regulation allowing taxis to be no more than eight years old will come into effect on 1 January. The rules of the new Prague regulation are uncompromising: Those who want to park by the city taxi stands will need to have yellow, cars regardless of their company. The car has to fall at least within the lower-middle category, it must have at least four-seats, and it must be clean and have air conditioning. A number of taxi drivers have not yet changed their cars and are planning a protest in front of City Hall in January. The changes will also concernContinue Reading

The national library is not the only building on Letná opposed by Prague Mayor Pavel Bém and the majority of city representatives. Bém also doesn’t want a national football stadium there or a giant aquarium. “Letenská pláň will once again become a central city park, whose dominant feature is greenery,” Bém promised at a meeting of Prague councillors. But while Kaplický’s library had a big group of supporters, the football stadium and the aquarium never gained much public support. On the contrary. The civic group Zachraňme Letnou (Save Letná), backed by local Greens, has collected some 7,000 signatures from people opposed to both planned projects. Evan former president Václav Havel joined in. Upon receiving the list of signatures, Mayor PavelContinue Reading

City Hall is downsizing the planned D-metro line before the project even has chance to get off the ground, iDnes.cz reports. According to the city’s new zoning plan, which is to come into effect in 2010, the D-line will not extend to Žižkov, Prague 3, and Libeň, Prague 12, as originally planned. The city sections are not too pleased with these changes. The D-line metro, which was originally supposed to pass through Hlavní nádraží, will lead from Pankrác, to Novodvorsko, to Modřany and Písnice. “In the case of Žižkov this is a serious problem because this is an interesting location with the Nákladové nádraží project. Its development will be tied to good transportation connections and the value of property pricesContinue Reading

One year ago he was considered a hero after he rescued a newborn from a bin at Prague’s Spořilov. The story of an unknown homeless man touched the public in the Christmas atmosphere. However, Miroslav Szamszelli, the rescuer of baby Vendelín Čtvrtek, was easily forgotten after a couple of months. And it has now been two months since he died in Bohnice mental hospital.Continue Reading