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Czech Alcohol Ban Could Last for Weeks

September 20, 2012

Following a series of methanol poisonings from illegally made alcohol, the Czech government instituted a widespread ban on the sale of liquor with an alcohol content of more than 20%. The ban went into effect on September 14 and may last for weeks or even months as Czech police try to find the source of [...]

Vinobraní and Burčák 2012

September 14, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Vinobraní, the annual Czech wine festival, where you can enjoy singing and dancing, food and wine is in full swing. A semi-fermented young wine called burčák is always one of the big attractions. Last weekend a wine festival was held in Mikulov and today festivals kicked off in Znojmo [...]

Prague Castle Southern Gardens Reopened after Reconstruction

June 23, 2012

The Southern Gardens below the Prague Castle reopened on June 20, 2012 after a 2.5-year reconstruction. The gardens offer one of the most beautiful views of Prague, so they’re definitely worth a visit. They were originally designed by Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik in the 1920s while he was working on numerous projects at the Prague [...]

Matějská pouť (St. Matthew’s Fair) 2012

March 7, 2012

Prague’s renowned Matějská pouť (St. Matthew’s Fair) started on March 3 this year. The fair is a Prague institution and the tradition can be traced back to 1595. The Matějská has had its home at the Prague Výstaviště in Holešovice since 1963. With some 130 attractions, it is the largest fun fair in the Czech [...]

Hromnice 2012

February 2, 2012

Today is Hromnice, which is an important day for Czech weather-related folklore. It falls on the same day as Groundhog Day because both are based on the same ancient Celtic tradition. Today was sunny and clear in Prague, so we expect winter to linger. See our site for more on Hromnice: http://www.myczechrepublic.com/czech_culture/czech_holidays/hromnice.html