The final preparations were being completed today on the Christmas market on Peace Square (Náměstí Míru) in Prague. The market starts tomorrow and traditionally is the first one in Prague to open for the holiday season. The two largest Christmas markets take place on Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) and Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí).
Vinobraní, the annual Czech wine festival, takes place around the country in September. A semi-fermented young wine called burčák is always one of the big attractions. Here are some pictures I took this year at the popular festival on Náměstí Míru in Prague.
Red Tails, a George Lucas production that was filmed in the Czech Republic, now has a release date of January 20, 2012. You can watch the movie trailer below and read more about the film.
Today is the last day that the 50 Czech Crown (CZK) bill is valid for payment. As of April 1, only the 50 CZK coin will remain in use due to the much higher cost of keeping the bills in circulation. The bills can be exchanged free of charge at Czech banks for one year. The Czech National Bank will exchange the bill for a total of six years.
Starting tomorrow, the valid Czech banknotes are 100 CZK, 200 CZK, 500 CZK, 1,000 CZK, 2,000 CZK and 5,000 CZK. The coins in circulation have the denominations 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50.
For more information, see the press release on the Czech National Bank web website.
Images from cnb.cz