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TRAVEL TRADE GAZETTE vydání Česká republika
Tradition does
not mean that
the living are
dead, it means
that the dead
are living.
(Harold MacMillan)
This issue of ttg czech luxury is full of traditions.
Be it the tradition of Czech spa industry, the
tradition of Czech porcelain and glass production
or the golf tradition – after all, the Czech Republic has one of Europe’s oldest golf courses. Or
Becherovka, the medicine turned liqueur, poular
not only among Czechs but also abroad. (And
don´t worry, what Frank Sinatra said does not
apply here, if you drink responsibly: I feel sorry
for people who don’t drink. When they wake up
in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to
feel all day.)
And although Czech Republic is not exactly the
cradle of civilization, the Czech state has a long
tradition dating from the 9th century and thanks
to its location at the crossroads of Central Europe, a broad spectrum of cultural, religous and
political influences has created a rich culture
here. Definitely worth experiencing.
So we hope that as you leaf through this issue,
you may get some ideas on how to spend your
next vacation. And mind you, the Czech Republic is not a big country and everything within is
reachable in a couple of hours at the most, so
once you are there you can
see a lot. This issue of the
magazine brings you just a
small part of it. But there will
be next issues, after all…
Naďa Rybárová
editor’s letter
Czech Airlines
in the winter season
New recipes and more flights to Western Europe
O ALSO LIKE TO GET pampered while onboard? Are you
one of those who like to sample
unusual meals, choose from interesting recipes, delicious cheeses and
several kinds of desserts in the air?
Delicacies are no longer reserved
just for long-distance flights to exotic
destinations. Now you can enjoy
interesting meals inspired by Thai
or Arabic cuisine onboard Czech
Airlines. Enchant your taste buds on selected Czech Airlines flights with menus
prepared by the Chef of the Prague
Kempinski Hotel, Marek Fichtner. Passengers will able to sample his culinary skills
and new, original ideas in the upcoming
winter season on regular Czech Airlines
flights to Abu Dhabi and in the Business
Class cabin of all jet plane services to
Western and Southern Europe and the
Baltic states.
HE SELECTION OF SERVICES offered by Czech Airlines for the upcoming period also includes technological innovation for smart phone users – a mobile
web and a new mobile application. The mobile web allows you to comfortably
and quickly buy your ticket and check the arrivals and departures or your existing reservation in five different languages. The application is currently available
for Android; iOS (Apple) users can look forward to their version in the fall.
fly Czech Airlines to European
destinations will not be left behind.
When travelling to Brussels, Milan,
Amsterdam, Madrid or Stockholm,
you can enjoy new, improved refreshments. Passenger in the Business
Class cabin can choose between a
warm and a cold snack. Warm meals
were also designed by renowned
Hotel Kempinski Chef Marek Fichtner.
In addition, the number of daily and
weekly flights to Brussels, Milan, Copenhagen, Budapest, Düsseldorf and
Warsaw will increase. The airline will
also renew regular flights to Berlin
and Stuttgart that they assumed from
a codeshare partner.
GREAT demand
for long-term destinations, Czech Airlines
is planning to open
new flights to Asia
with connections in
Abu Dhabi. The selection of flights that
serve new delicious
and inventive taste
combinations will be
even larger.
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Editor´s Selecon The Czech Republic´s best spa
News Two Michelin stars landed in Prague • One of the world´s best bars is
at the Prague´s Old Town Square • Unique views from the windows of Four
Seasons Prague • New culinary package at Mandarin Oriental
Profile Maria Kuhn, Vice President of Kempinski Hotels responsible for the
group’s worldwide public relaons
Feature Karlovy Vary
Feature Moser Glass carries the Czech Republic’s name and reputaon
Profile Thun 1794
Profile Casa Serena
Premium Picks What should not be missed in the Czech Republic
editor’s selection
SAMUEL JOHNSON SAID: “To preserve health is a moral and religious duty, for health is the basis of all social
virtues. We can no longer be useful when we are not well.“ Perhaps that is why more and more travelers are
turning to spas to get some relief from the everyday stress or to heal their health problems. After all, wellness tourism seems to be one of the most ancient forms of tourism, given the attention paid to wellbeing
by Romans and Greek, the Medieval pilgrimages in search of spiritual enlightment, or the spa tourism of
the European rich in the 18th and 19th century.The Czech spa industry has a long tradition and the combination of high-quality medical care with traditional application of unique natural curative resources has
made it quite exceptional. So why don’t you come and improve your health in some of the Czech best spas?
Founded around 1350 by Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia Charles IV., Karlovy
Vary, about 130 kilometers northwest of Prague, is the best known spa town in Bohemia. The town’s fame is partly due to the famous Becher Liqueur, a liqueur called
sometimes the 13th spring. The other twelve are hot mineral springs that are healing
regardless of whether you bath in them or whether you drink them. The Karlovy Vary
spa specializes in diseases afflicting the circulatory,digestive, respiratory and musculosceletal systems, and in metabolic diseases. While in Karlovy Vary, you may play
golf on a 18-hole course in one of the oldest golf clubs in the Czech Republic, or visit
a Gothic stronghold and a Baroque chateau in the nearby town of Bečov nad Teplou.
The town of Mariánské lázně, 160
kilometers west of Prague, lies
in a beautiful wide valley with
an almost 20-kilometer wide forest zone with numerous hiking
trails that goes right through the
spa. Nearly 100 cold springs have
been discovered in and around
the town, some of them as early
as in the 16th century. Don’t miss
the Neo-Classicist spa colonade
from 1889. The spa specializes in
diseases afflicting the circulatory,
digestive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, metabolic and urinary
Mariánské Lázně has the second oldest golf course in Europe,
founded in 1905 by King Edward
VII of England, and the nearby
Premonstratesian Teplá Monastery has a very valuable library.
World-famous Grandhotel Pupp is one
of the traditional hotels in Central
Europe. It is located in Czech Republic
in the most beautiful part of the Western Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary
Its history began in 1701 when the first
part of the hotel was built. Over the
years, the hotel has attracted many notable personalities, such as the renowned
German poet and philosopher Johann
Wolfgang Goethe, compo sers Johann
Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner and
Antonín Dvořák, violinist Nicolo Paganini, writer Franz Kafka, master of Art
Nouveau Alfons Mucha. In recent years,
the hotel has hosted
illustrious names
from the movie world
including Morgan
Freeman, Gregory
Peck, Sharon Stone,
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Robert Redford, John Malkovich and Susan Sarandon.
Even today the Grandhotel Pupp keeps its
special atmosphere which has attracted
guests for centuries. The 228-room hotel boasts several of its original features
including stucco ballrooms with crystal
chandeliers and ageold pictures, a staircase with etched glass, and a Neo-Baroque
ceremonial Festive Hall for 700 people.
The hotel also features restaurants, a
café, bars, a billiard centre, a relaxation
centre, the newly opened Pupp Royal Spa,
a Hair Studio and a casino. There are
also opportunities to play golf at nearby
As well as welcoming a variety of famous
actors and actresses, the hotel has also
featured in several films itself, including
the James Bond movie “Casino Royale”
and “Last Holiday“ starring Queen Latifah
and Gérard Depardieu.
One of the most popular hotels in
Mariánské Lázně, the Spa Hotel Royal
is situated near the town’s center at
the edge of a forest park and its rooms
offer magnificent panoramic view of
the entire city. The hotel offers all
types of health, wellness and beauty
treatments under one roof, complemented with excellent cuisine. Quality
of the treatments is certified by the
European Certificate of quality awarded by the European Spa Association
– EUROSPAmed Certificate. The hotel
belongs to a group of medical spa and
wellness hotels Royal Spa.
Fancy some serious pampering in a
refined spa without ovestretching your
bank account? Then head for the Nové
Lázně spa hotel. On these royal premises
you’ll be surrounded by majestic columns, impressive chandeliers and classic
luxuries. In the late 19 th century this was
a preferred destination of the British King
Edward VII, and even now you won’t find
difficult to see why. In 2005, England’s
Prince Edward stayed in the Nové Lázně
during his visit to Mariánské Lázně.
The spa at Velké Losiny, 230 kilometers east of Prague, is one of the oldest in Moravia, the eastern part of the
Czech Republic. The town lies in the
foothils of the Jeseníky Mountains
and its spa district consists of four
spa pavilions from the turn of the
19th and 20th century and a beautiful
park. The spa specializes in diseases
afflicting musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory system. While in
Velké Losiny, you may visit the Renaissance chateau or the oldest functional paper mill in Central Europe.
Teplice, the oldes spa town in Central europe, lies 75 km north of Prague. The cradle of the
Czech spa industry with thermal springs that have been used since the 12 th century specializes
in treating musculoskeletal, circulatory and neurological diseases. While in Teplice, do not
forget to visit the nearby chateau of Duchcov where Giacomo Casanova spent his last years.
One of the oldest spa buildings in
Teplice, the impressive Emperor’s
Spa offers not only excellent treatment at its CLT Clinic equipped
with state-of-the-art medical and
diagnostic equipement, but also
luxury accomodation. Also available is a new rehabilitation thermal pool.
The spa is named after Franz
Josef I., the Emperor of the former
Austro-Hungarian Empire, who
visited the spa several times.
Beautiful spa town, 180 kilometers
west of Prague, with a unique atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th
century. Naturally carbonated water,
natural source of carbon dioxide –
the spring gas, natural saline water,
natural peloids and many more resources, natural of course, will help
you heal all kind of diseases from
those affliccting the circulatory system to dermatological conditions.
While in Františkovy Lázně, you may
visit the nearby Seeberg castle, originally a Romanesque medieval fortress later rebuilt into a Renaissance
country house.
The town of Luhačovice lies 320 kilometers southeast of Prague in a picturesque
valley in the White Carpathian conservation area in the southeastern part of the
country and has a history of more than
three centuries. Its heyday, however,
came at the beginning of the 20th century and the town gradually became very
popular spa frequented by many famous
personalities. The spa specializes in respiratory, metabolic, musculoskeletal,
circulatory and oncological diseases. Do
not forget to visit the town of Kroměříž,
not far away, which has a UNESCO listed town center and an exquisit Baroque
chateau with beautiful gardens.
The main building of the Thermal Spa in
Velké Losiny, the spa hotel Eliška offers
luxury accommodation and wide scale
of superior services under one roof. The
Thermal Spa, that focuses mainly on
locomotory, neurological, respiratory and
circulatory disorders, enjoys an excellent
reputation, especially thanks to its mineral sulphurous thermal springs.
Isolated in the middle of a park, the Imperial hotel offers luxury accommodation in
49 rooms including two that are wheelchair accessible.
Treatments offered in the hotel include
aromatherapy massage, breathing exercises, bubble hydrotherapy, classical
massage, gas injections, heated peat
mud treatment, lympho-drainage, mud
wraps, natural carbonic bath, oxygen
treatment, paraffin hand wrap, peat wrap,
physiotherapy, reflex massage and much
Located in the quiet part of Luhačovice near
the town’s center and a park, the Spa Hotel Miramare offers over eighty treatments
under one roof, luxury accommodation and
an exellent cuisine. The
hotel has its own mineral springs. The hotel
belongs to a group of
medical spa and wellness
hotels Royal Spa.
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Augustine Hotel Spa is introducing new
produs of Kerstin Florian especially FOR
MEN. Sensitivity, razor burn and environmental elements contribute to skin irritation and the Spa has brought together
key products that address these unique
skincare concerns. The formulations are
light in texture and rich with antioxidants
and vitamins to hydrate, nourish and
protects the men skin each day. All you
need to do to try these products is to visit
the Augustine Spa, the only spa in the
world that is located in conjunction to a
functioning monastery and is protected
by the UNESCO.
Augustine Spa - the only user of Kerstin
Florian products in the Czech Republic,
offers a Finnish sauna and steam room
with color and aromatherapy, four treatment rooms including one double room,
Hamman treatment room, relaxation area
with tea station, Technogym fitness and
manicure station. The use of the spa is
complimentary for all hotel residents.
The Augustine Hotel in Prague is managed by Rocco Forte Hotels.
Prague´s popular Black Angel’s Bar has
been listed by the British paper Sunday
Times among the world’s best bars of 2012.
The bar, located in the second basement of
the hotel U Prince at the Old Town Square
in downtown Prague, is designed in the
style of American restaurants of the 1930s
and serves about forty basic cocktails that
are regularly replenished with new additions. It also serves cocktails that were
popular in the 1930s, such as the Old Fashioned or Sazerac.
The bar opened only in November 2010,
but has already gained immense popularity
throughout the Czech Republic as well as
abroad. Its fame has already reached over
the ocean, also thanks to its patrons, internationally renowned bartenders: the living
legend Peter Dorelli, expert in molecular
mixology Tony Coligiaro or Dale De Groff,
the founder of American cocktail museum.
Caution: taking pictures is forbidden.
Four Seasons Hotel Prague, an assembly of three historic
buildings and one new buiding on the banks of the Vltava river in
the Old Town, uveiled newly decorated rooms by French designer
Pierre-Yves Rochon in its Neo-Classical building that offer unique
views of Vltava and the Prague Castle. The new décor of the rooms
located in the building dating back to 1827, is indigenous to the
architectural style and respects the history of the
building. The colour scheme and style is different from those in the Hotel‘s Modern, Baroque
and Renaissance structures. Dominating shades
are beige and gold, complementing classical
style furnishing in dark brown. Together with the
seating area by the window with romantic city views, Czech crystal
chandelier and white and gold wallpapers, the new rooms give feeling of warmth and the grandeur of Old Europe.
“The remodeling project is a testament to our commitment to constantly innovate and most importantly to always enhance the high
quality of the guest experience,“ says Rene Beauchamp, general
manager of Four Seasons Hotel Prague. „Our visitors now have a
choice of contemporary, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical
designs. The response so far has been very positive, especially
from our return guests who now have an opportunity to choose a
different experience – depending on the purpose of their stay or
current preferences.“
Two restaurants in Prague with Czech
chefs, Alcron in the Radisson hotel and
La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise,
have received one star in this year´s edition of the prestigious French Michelin
gastronomical guidebook.
Czech chefs, Roman Paulus from Alcron
and Oldrich Sahajdak from La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise, have won a
Michelin star for the first time in history.
The Michelin Main Cities of Europe 2012
guidebook includes 2,100 restaurants and
1,500 hotels in 44 cities in 20 European
It also mentions Prague restaurants that
were given the Bib Gourmand rating for
offering „good food at moderate prices“
- SaSaZu, Le Terroir, Aromi and Divinis,
which upheld this award from last year,
along with two newcomers, Sansho and
In the past, Italian Andrea Accordi, chef
of the Allegro restaurant in the Four
Seasons hotel in Prague centre, won a
Michelin star three times in a row. Allegro received it for the first time in 2008 as
the first restaurant in the post-communist
countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
However, Accordi left for St. Petersburg
to become executive chef at the Four
Seasons Lion Palace that is scheduled to
open later this year.
Prague airport renamed after Czech
ex-president Vaclav Havel
Prague‘s international airport has been renamed after former Czech President Vaclav
Havel who died in December 2011. The ceremony attended by dignitaries and family took place on Oct. 5, 2012, the day that
would have been his 76th birthday. A line of
dignitaries including the former president‘s
widow Dagmar Havlova and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg cut the ribbon to
mark the renaming. Schwarzenberg said
every Czech passenger leaving Prague now
should think of the man to whom they owed
their freedom. „This is the right place (to
bear Vaclav Havel‘s name) – it was he who
enabled the Czech nation to travel out of this
country,“ he said. Vaclav Havel, former anticommunist dissident and playwright, led the
1989 peaceful revolution that toppled the
communist regime in the then Czechoslovakia. He became Czechoslovak president
in December 1989 and when Czechoslovakia split in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
in 1993, Havel remained Czech leader until
2003. He died on December 18, 2011 after
having suffered from respiratory problems
for many years. The airport - one of the busiest transport hubs in Central Europe – was
formerly known as the Ruzyne airport.
While Prague’s architectural splendor is justly famous, Czech cuisine remains largely – and undeservedly – unknown outside of Central Europe. In recent years, however, there has been a new interest in reviving the Czech culinary tradition by chefs
and restaurateurs alike, while a corresponding movement emphasizing fresh, local
produce sourced from newly-emerged farmers’ markets has taken hold. Among the
leading champions of this progressive trend is Jiří Štift, Executive Chef at Mandarin
Oriental, Prague. A Taste of Prague offers guests an entirely authentic, hands-on
experience selecting and then cooking a delicious Czech meal using local, seasonal
The day of culinary exploration will commence in the morning, when guests will
be collected by chef Štift and taken to one of the best farmers’ markets in Prague.
Here, they will enjoy an impromptu lesson on classic local ingredients while filling
their baskets with the finest seasonal meats, fish and produce. After an informal,
light meal, the day will continue with a private cooking class in the kitchens of Essensia, Mandarin Oriental, Prague’s acclaimed restaurant. Guests will be shown
how to prepare their chosen ingredients, composing an entire three-course menu
around the food items just purchased. While preparing their meal under chef Štift’s
expert guidance, they will enjoy tasting a variety of local wines presented by the
restaurant’s sommelier while simultaneously learning what makes Czech cuisine distinctive, and what the local culinary tradition shares with its neighbors. The dinner
will be served in a private dining room along with matching local wines.
Mandarin Oriental, Prague is an intimate hotel located in a former Dominican monastery set amidst the palaces and gardens of Prague’s historic Malá Strana district.
With a former Renaissance chapel housing the award-winning Spa, modern Asian
and European delicacies in Essensia restaurant, and understated contemporary design blending local history with modern luxury, the hotel is a private oasis of sophistication and style in the very heart of Central Europe’s most beautiful city.
Mrs. Maria Kuhn, Vice President of Kempinski Hotels responsible for the group’s
worldwide public relations, talks to ttg czech
luxury about what does it take today to be a
good PR manager.
Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury
hotel group that currently owns and operates
over 60 hotels worldwide. What plans does
the company have for future development?
Kempinski’s ambitions are global, but currently
the company is focusing on pursuing potential
properties in key European cities.
When choosing locations for your new hotels, what criteria do you take into consideration?
When entering a new city or resort, Kempinski
takes the destination itself into consideration –
whether it will add value to the portfolio – as well
as the property in question, to evaluate whether
it fulfils Kempinski’s requirements, such as,
for example, the minimum number of rooms,
minimum standard room size, extensive conference facilities and
large spa and wellness areas. Above all, the property must have
the potential to be a market leader in the destination. Our aim is
to manage hotels in key gateway cities all over the world, from
Lisbon to Tokyo.
It seems that the financial crisis is far from being over.
What impact does it have on the luxury segment of travel?
We have seen a considerable change in luxury travel over the
past five years; there was a temporary shift similar to the one
witnessed after 9/11 – people were hesitant to travel because of
cost. This had an impact especially on individual business travel
and MICE. Leisure travel hasn’t been as impacted, because high
net worth individuals continue to travel, and we have also seen
the opening of new markets for luxury travelers, such as the
BRIC countries. Additionally, because of Kempinski’s positioning, we enjoy brand recognition amongst national and international travelers from Russia, India and China.
You have been recently appointed the group’s Vice President, responsible for the group´s worldwide public relations. Does the current situation require any new ways in
terms of promoting your hotels?
The media market has shifted considerably in the past years,
most of all on the digital and social media side. Many print
publications have ‘gone digital’ and away from print, or have
launched an additional digital edition. In some ways this increases the potential for coverage and can also give a longer ‘shelflife’, as online media can be accessed for a much longer time
period. The speed of which information is needed and processed
these days has increased substantially, i.e. as a PR person you
need to be extremely focused, fast and up to date on what is happening in the market to be able to react almost instantaneously.
The second point is that the public in general has become very
active in the editorial process, i.e. through posting reviews on
such sites as Tripadvisor and others. ‘Editorial’ is no longer
limited to media and has to some extent become a lot more
personal. From the hotel side it requires additional resources in
monitoring and participating in the process.
What are the most rewarding and most challenging aspects
of your job?
The most rewarding and equally challenging aspect is that I have
to rely on other people to deliver. It also means that I am very
careful not to ‘overpromise’ but try to keep it real and achievable.
‘Word of mouth’, either in writing or through personal accounts,
is the best reward you can get – if you hear from a guest or journalist that ‘we went beyond his/her expectations’ this will make
my day.
Over the last couple of years, small fine hotels have been mushrooming all over the Czech Republic but many of them found it
extremely difficult to thrive in the increasingly competitive market.
Some of the hotels remained unknown beyond their region, some of
the owners may even have overestimated their own abilities to run
a luxury hotel. Then a hotel management company seems to be the
best solution.
Asten Hotels Group, the Czech Republic´s first and only collection
of independent luxury boutique hotels and spa resorts, was born
in April 2012, yet it has already seven hotels in its
portfolio. And two more properties will be added soon. With its motto – excellence and care,
the company is doing its best to keep everybody
satisfied, the guests and partners alike.
Asten Hotels carefully chooses its members,
making sure their quests will get the best possible experience. „Our
goal is to have the best hotel of each region of the country in our
portofilo,“ says Jiří Gajdošík, managing partner of the group. „We
want to be a reliable partner for leisure as well as business and
corporate travelers in the upscale hotel business and become their
preffered partner in shopping for a luxury boutique hotel here.“
Gajdošík says fifteen hotels is the desired goal in terms of the size
of his company´s portfolio. He, however, does not rule out possible
expansion beyond the Czech borders, first to Slovakia and Hungary.
So far, Asten Hotels Group does not have a competition in the
Czech Republic and likely has a bright future ahead . The more so
because management is not the only service it offers. For two hotels in its portfolio, so called partner hotels of the group that keep
their own management, the company provides comprehensive sales
The most important change in
2012 was the brand new arrangement of the golf part. The
best travel fair in the Czech Republic HOLIDAY WORLD joined
together with the best golf fair
GOLF SHOW to create a unique
meeting point for all golf lovers
in the Czech Republic. This connection seems to be a very effective and useful decision. The
fair GOLF SHOW, in cooperation
with professional partners from
the Czech Golf Travel Association, the Czech Golf Federation,
CzechTourism and Czech Golf
Consulting, creates a prestigious and representative forum
for golf tourism in the Czech
Republic with an international
reach. The fair GOLF SHOW will
present not only golf tourism
but also golf equipment.
the most important presentation of travel
agencies, domestic regions, national
tourism offices and other services for the
travel industry in Central Europe. In its
22nd year, the event will offer not only
presentations of many different countries,
but also its traditional sub-section Region
World 2013, which reviews the presentations of regions in the Czech Republic.
In addition to the interesting exhibits,
the upcoming year of the fair plans also
to feature an attractive accompanying
program, including not only the travel
film festival World Film but also a series
of seminars, conferences and workshops
focusing on key topics in the tourism
The fair will also continue with its tradition
of holding two commercial days. Despite
of general economic troubles, organizers
register similar interest of the exhibitors
to present their services in Prague as in
the past years. Everything of importance
in the travel industry can be found at the
Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holešovice.
FOR 2012
Number of exhibitors
Countries represented
Represented tourist boards
Gross exhibition space 20,000 m²
Number of visitors
Media representatives
7. - 10. 2. 2013
Prague Exhibition Grounds
Main Specialized Media Partner
he Czech Republic´s most
popular spa town Karlovy Vary saw two
hundred spa houses sprung up by the
end of the 16th century. And although
only a few houses from those times
have been preserved – most buildings in
Karlovy Vary date to the 18th and 19th
century, the spa tradition survived to the
present day.
Karlovy Vary is
famous for its hot
springs and colorful architecture.
The twelve springs
feature Karlovy Vary
in this idyllic valley of the Teplá river
are know to cure all kind of disorders,
but walking one of the town´s gorgeous
Colonnades will refresh even an absolutely healthy body, not to mention the
mind. For these reasons, Karlovy Vary
was a popular tourist destination in the
18th century with guests including Tsar
Peter the Great, Emperor Franz Josef I,
Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, Tolstoy,
and even Karl Marx.
Yet another tradition has made Karlovy
Vary and the whole region famous: porcelain and glass production. The glass
manufacturer Moser celebrates its 155th
anniversary in 2012, the Thun 1794 porcelain producer, the biggest in the Czech
Republic, has a tradition of more than
200 years. The products of both companies are well know all over the world.
It takes an
amount of
history to
make even a
little tradition.
Henry James
Of the nearly one hundred Czech golf
courses, most are located in Prague,
central Bohemia and – last but not least
– western Bohemia. This is mainly due to
western Bohemia’s proximity to ‘actual’
Western Europe, i.e. both historical and
modern, and the ties between the game
of golf and the spa industry. The region
currently offers fourteen golf venues to
keep golfers busy.
Called the thirteenth spring for its
medicinal effects, the herbal liqueur
Becherovka is being produced even
today according to the 1807 original recipe. The exact mixture od herbs used in
Becherovka is top secret and is closely
guarded by the manufacturer. The bitter
liqueur that has reigned as Czechs´
foremost alcoholic beverage for generations is exported to thirty-five countries
around the world.
And one relatively young tradition at
the end. Since it began in 1946, the
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
has earned widespread recognition in
Europe as well as overseas. Held annually in July, the festival, one the oldest
in the world, screens films from all over
the world and hosts movie stars from
Hollywood and elswhere.
One of Europe’s oldest golf courses and
the oldest in the Czech Republic is the
Royal Golf Club Mariánské Lázně. It was
officially opened by English King Edward
VII on 21 August 1905. In 2003, it was
granted the right to use the title ‘Royal’
by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the first
and only golf course in the Czech Republic to enjoy this privilege.
The course is situated among forests at
a relatively high altitude of 760 meters
above sea level, so the season is not
particularly long, which makes the local
eighteen holes all the more special from
May to October.
Its rich history includes some recent
highlights, such as three years on the
PGA European Tour hosting an event that
attracted the world’s top golfers between
1994 and 1996. In 2006, spectators at St.
Andrews Trophy had a chance to admire
the exceptional skills of Rory McIlroy of
Northern Ireland, the future world number one golfer.
The golfing tradition of Karlovy Vary, another spa town, dates back to 1904, when
the first course appeared in the valley of
the Teplá River. The first course in Olšová
Vrata was completed in 1935 under the
supervision of Paris-based architect C.
Noskowski and it was restored after the
Second World War.
Until the 1990s, Karlovy Vary had one of
the only three Czech 18-hole courses,
the other two being located in Mariánské
Lázně and Šilheřovice in Moravia. Karlovy
Vary later invested tens of millions in
modernizing the course, supplementing
its scenic beauty with a new clubhouse
and a restaurant that is run by the famous Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary. In
1998, the Clubhouse won the Structure of
the Year award.
“The course is undergoing constant
development. Today, this is the only way.
You must show deep respect for history
and – at the same time – bring some-
thing new,” says Karel Mařík, Director of
the Karlovy Vary Golf Resort, which has
been the club’s name since 1996 when it
was transferred from the town’s ownership into private hands.
Karlovy Vary became part of a project
with other western Bohemian courses
that honour the convenient Golf Pass with
one-time green fees. The peak season is
at the beginning of summer, when the
International Film Festival is in town.
Club members include President Václav
On the opposite side of Karlovy Vary, situated in the direction towards Mariánské
Lázně, is a true gem of the modern golf
era. The Cihelny golf course, now known
as the Astoria Golf Resort, was designed
by Gary Player of South Africa, one of the
best professionals of all time. Opened
in 2001, the 18-hole, par 70 course is
situate in the Slavkovský Les Protected
Landscape Area and it regularly hosts
international championships, as do the
neighbouring courses. In addition to the
dramatic layout of the championship
course that winds its way along the Teplá
River, golfers also appreciate the 9-hole
pitch & putt course.
Additional new courses were created
in various locations within the region
throughout the 2000s. Since 2003, golf
has been played in Františkovy Lázně
– Hazlov in the Ohře River Basin Protected Landscape Area and since 2006,
in Sokolov on the site of a former mine
dump. In 2010, an 18-hole course opened
in Lázně Kynžvart, where golf is played
in the setting of a 19th century chateau
park, amidst the scenic panoramas of the
Český Les and Slavkovský Les Mountains.
The course is quite rightly called ‘Czech
Further inland, near the town of Plzeň,
the Dýšina course was built in 2004. This
technically challenging and varied course
is set in a colourful landscape featuring the Klabava River and Lake Ejpovice.
Hole number 1, with its island green, has
earned respect among golfers, as has the
entire course – through relentless modernization that has provided comfortable
facilities, including a restaurant and a
hotel. In 2013, the Plzeň Dýšina Golf Park
will for the first time be hosting an event
from the Ladies European Tour professional golf tour, the Pilsen Golf Masters
that will be held in August.
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There are not that many companies in the Czech Republic that
have enjoyed worldwide success. Almost everyone in the world
is familiar with the brands Bata, Skoda and Zetor. Moser Glassworks is one of those exceptional companies that have become
a metaphor for quality and craftsmanship not only in the land of
their origin – they carry the Czech Republic’s name and reputation worldwide.
THE HISTORY of Moser Glassworks dates
back 155 years. Established by engraver
Ludwig Moser (1883-1916) in Carlsbad in
1857, it is one of Europe’s oldest manufactories. First, Moser opened his shop
and engraver’s workshop in the town
centre and, a few years later, he started
his own glass factory. In addition to being a skilled glassmaker, Moser was also
an exceptional
businessman and
it did not take long
before he became
a supplier to the
court of Emperor
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of Austria Franz Joseph I, Shah of Persia
Mozaffar ad-Din and King of England
Edward VII. The fame of his work and skill
grew exponentially, so it is little surprise
that Moser crystal glass is today found in
prominent houses, palaces, chateaux and
castles, since it was mainly the aristocracy and sovereign monarchs who had
a penchant for quality, uniqueness and
Glass masters’ skill and craftsmanship,
along with their artistic approaches, have
been passed on from generation to generation. For as long as 150 years, close
cooperation with the younger generation
has added value to new products.
Regular contacts with a number of
glass design, arts and crafts schools
(both at home and abroad) were established by the founder’s son Leo Moser.
The presentation of Moser through the
works of students from prof. Vratislav
H. Brunner’s studio at the Exhibition of
Decorative Arts in Prague in 1925 was
a huge international success. Moser’s
ongoing collaboration with glass
design and art schools has continued
through today.
Since the company’s inception,
Moser products have maintained their
prestige and popularity. For example,
they last year won the appreciation
of Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva,
the wife of the former President of
the Russian Federation, a keen user
of Moser crystal. In addition to U.S.
President Barack Obama, who personally received the Splendid set from the
Czech Republic’s Prime Minister, a
crystal gift also pleased the President
of Brazil, Mrs. Lula Dilma, and the
Vatican’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, Papal Nuncio Diego Causero,
to name but a few. A luxury hand-cut,
engraved and gilded tableware collection can also be found in the Presidential Palace in Turkey.
MOSER PRODUCTS are made from
ecologically pure lead-free crystal
glass, further adding to their popularity. Each crystal piece is handcrafted
to unparalleled perfection, featuring
a wide range of colours and unique
designs. For several years, Moser has
been working with the most talented
Czech and international artists, cutters, engravers and glassmakers.
Together, they have designed the industry’s most prominent masterpieces
that never cease to amaze Moser’s
In recognition of its efforts and
excellence, Moser Glassworks was
bestowed the honour of becoming the
only member of COMITÉ COLBERT outside of France. This French association
A hand-blown and cut crystal double
bass in a unique Topaz colour is
regularly presented as the classical
music Lifetime Achievement Award at
the Dvořák Prague International Music
Festival. The cinematic world is also
connected to the glassworks. Each
year, it is present at the Crystal Globe
awards that are presented as part of
the Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival. Also, the glassworks’ masterpieces include a 45 cm tall, 3.5 kg
trophy for the winner of the European
PGA Tour golf tournament. Shaped like
a golf ball, the upper portion of the trophy is dotted with 360 hand-cut beads.
THERE IS A UNIQUE quality to the
works of Moser Glassworks. Its production portfolio includes original
pieces that bring beauty and joy. The
wide range of Moser products is all
but unimaginable – you will find any
and all kinds of glass products. Some
feature rich colours, while others can
fascinate with nothing more than their
plain simplicity and precise design.
Drawing on historical tradition, many
products combine engraving craftsmanship with gilded accents. Moser
crystal is brittle and precisely engraved
to the smallest detail. Moser Glassworks is thus the perfect representative of the Czech glass industry, both
at home and internationally.
is the most significant closed community
in the world that aims to maintain and
develop the traditional handicraft production of luxury products. It brings together
nearly 80 exceptional houses of worldrenown, including Musée du Louvre, La
Sorbonne, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chanel
and Hotel Ritz. It is no surprise, then,
that the admission of new COMITÉ COLBERT members is subject to the most
stringent criteria. Moser Glassworks is
also successful at international fairs –
it regularly showcases its products at
Maison&Objet in Paris, Macef in Milan
and Ambiente in Frankfurt. On these occasions, Moser also works with leading
Czech designers such as Rony Plesl.
Eariler this year, the glassworks introduced a new collection that includes
modern works featuring attractive artistic
designs and handcrafted perfection.
While many of them were based on the
designs of contemporary glass artists, the
heritage of Moser Glassworks’ historical
patterns and motifs is also present.
MOSER PRODUCTS are found both in
everyday life and on special occasions.
Tiffany & Co. opened a store in Prague, the luxury
retailer´s first location in Eastern Europe. Located at the
posh Pařížská Street in the Prague´s Old Town, the store
offers diamonds in platinum and 18 karat gold settings,
engagement, fine and fashion jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, watches and gifts, as well as the celebrated designs
of Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso.
The approximately 240 square meters of retail space is
designed with elements of Tiffany’s famous
flagship store in New York, including custom furnishings and showcases that incorporate the company´s delicate floral and
dragonly patterns and, of course, the distinctive Tiffany Blue.
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the pearl of functionalism
in brno reopens
The hottest news of this tourist season coming out
of Brno is that the Tugendhat Villa is reopening to
the public after two years of undergoing restoration.
VILLA, a function-
alist structure that redefined modern housing,
was revolutionary at the
time it was built because
of its original spatial
designs, technology and
elegant interiors. It is
admired for those same
reasons today. Since
2001, it has been registered on the UNESCO
World Heritage List.
VILLA located in
the Černá Pole neighborhood is now operated as
a modern architecture
attraction together with
other world-renowned
buildings and residences
that are also open to the
The residence of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat was designed by German architect
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1928–
1929; beginning in 1938, the architect
lived in the USA. His statement that “less
is more” is reflected in clean shapes and
work with material. Glass, steel and concrete are the building blocks of Mies’s
“international style” that still influences
architecture today.
The villa is a unique work of art in terms
of its construction, spatial layout, interior
equipment, technical facilities and incorporation into its surrounding nature.
Interiors are decorated with rare materials such as onyx from Morocco, travertine from Italy and wood from South-East
Asia. The furnishings are truly unique and
thought-out to the smallest detail, whether
it is the furniture, carpets or chosen materials. The technology was also very unique
for its time – hot air heating and cooling, electric
window controls, a photo
cell at the entrance and
air travel
HE STANDARD TOUR will take you to the
residential parts of the house and includes
the bedroom floor, the main living space, the
preparation room, the kitchen and the garden.
standard one to include the home’s technological marvels, such as the engine room for air
technology; the boiler room; the engine room for
the retractable windows; the laundry room; the
dark room; the storage room for fur coats.
Vila Tugendhat, Černopolní 45, Brno
Opening hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Individual tours and guided
tours for groups of maximum
15 people have to be booked in
advance at,
by e-mail at [email protected]
or phone +420 515 511 015.,
Photo: David Židlický, The Study and Documentation Centre of the Tugendhat Villa.
In 1968, a new porcelain factory was founded and that’s where
our production now takes place. Today, the factory has modern
equipment such as pressure casts, two melting furnaces and two
chamber furnaces. In addition, we have very skilful people in the
decorating department who can apply any available decoration
onto a white body, from screen-printing decorations to painting
with rare metals.
What do you make and how large is your production?
We make utility porcelain and hotel porcelain. We make about
4,000 tonnes of porcelain each year and 90% of our production is exported to the European Union, Russia and the former
Soviet Union and the Middle East. While the exports to Russia
and the Middle East involve mostly richly decorated and goldplated porcelain, exports to Sweden are ordered with their own
customized decorations. We also export white pieces to some
European Union countries. One of our customers is Tchibo,
for whom we make white pieces or porcelain with Christmas
motives. We have recently become a supplier of clean white
porcelain for IKEA.
The Thun 1974 Group combines three porcelain manufacturing facilities, all of which are
located near the city of Karlovy Vary in a region with a long-established porcelain manufacturing history. One of these factories,
founded in the town of Klášterec nad Ohří
in 1794, is the second oldest in Bohemia. As
CEO Vlastimil Argman says, “Practically all
of Thun 1794’s production is exported”.
The oldest of your porcelain factories is
located in Klášterec nad Ohří. Is it still the
original one?
No, it’s not. The factory that was founded in 1794
by Count Franz Joseph Thun no longer exists.
There are twelve mineral hot healing springs in the spa town of Karlovy Vary. The thirteenth, blending herbs, sugar and spices with fine
alcohol, is Becherovka, the famous liqueur.
Created in 1807 by Josef Becher, a Karlovy Vary pharmacist,
Becherovka was originally taken as stomach drops to improve digestion. But it was so good that patients apparently tended to exceed
the prescribed dosage and gradually created the tradition of serving
the medicine as an aperitif.
Soon the liqueur spread from Czech households to pubs,
bars and restaurants and, at the beginning of the 20th
century, also abroad. Being imported today to 35 counce
tries around the world, Becherovka is still produced
according to its original – and secret – recipe.
But while the recipe has not changed, the ways of drinkBu
ing Becherovka did. At the 1967 World Expo in Montreal,
Beton was introduced. Becherovka mixed in a refreshBe
ing combination with tonic water and lemon juice soon
became one of the most popular mixed drinks. Today,
you can get Becherovka in various cocktails in bars
all over the world, be it Beton, Red Moon (Becherovka,
currant juice, sopda water and slice of orange), Fresh
Smashin (Becherovka, grapefruit juice, soda water, sugSm
ar and slice of a grapefruit) or Beton Bitter. Beton Bitter
is a very refreshing mixed drink made of Becherovka,
tonic water, slice of orange and a bit of KV 14. Wonder
what KV 14 is? An aperitif produced by the Becher comwh
pany since 1966; KV means Karlovy Vary and the 14 says
the aperitif is the spa town´s 14th healing spring.
How many employees do you need to cover such extensive
production demands?
We have 650 employees and interestingly enough, 90% of them
are women. I am very happy about it because women not only
work harder, but also tend to make a better work team.
Which of your products is best known?
Definitely, this would be the Thun dining set that was first made
in 1856 for Count Thun. It is a luxurious handmade set based
on white china that is decorated with gold. We don’t make it
anymore, but you can see it in the Museum of Porcelain at the
Klášterec nad Ohří Chateau. Practically every thing we make sells
well. For instance, children’s porcelain sets with the popular
Mole character are very successful.
If you crave excellent Asian cuisine or just
want to sit down with a glass in a comfortable upholstered chair and enjoy both your
drink and an unmistakable atmosphere, do
not miss Buddha-Bar in Prague’s Old Town.
Two large underground floors with historical metal railings that house Buddha-Bar
are accessed via a flower staircase decorated with floral-patterned tiles and lit by
candles. The restaurant itself is located in
the open space of a former cabaret and its
layout faithfully copies those of the famous
Buddha-Bar in Paris.
The restaurant’s intimate lighting is provided by massive, richly decorated chandeliers combined with a candle-lit dominant
Buddha’s statue that stands a remarkable
2.60 m tall. In the upper part of the mezzanine is a bar and a lounge for 100 people;
the lower part of the restaurant can seat as
many as 150 guests who can choose from
a wide selection of largely Asian meals,
inspired by the signature dishes of Paris
Buddha-Bar. Both restaurant
floors feature luxurious upholstered chairs and round dark
bamboo tables.
Quality and consistency in delivering great
customer service is what makes hotel a
good one, says Michael Specking, General
Manager of Hilton hotels in Prague.
In the TTG Travel Awards 2012, Hilton
Prague has been awarded as the best hotel
in the Czech Republic for the sixth consecutive year. What makes your hotel so popular?
We are very proud of this great achievement.
The hidden secret is „consistency“ in delivering
great cutomer service by our teams. Therefore
it’s them who deserve our all appreciation for
this award. All have been working very hard to
receive this prize.
Our guests can experience dedicated service and excellent
facilities, like our rooftop Cloud 9 sky bar & lounge with stunning
views over Prague, famous CzecHouse Grill & Rotisserie with
open kitchen, large health club & spa, Executive lounge, Congress Hall and more, at the Hilton Prague whether conducting
business or looking to spend quality time with family and friends.
That makes the hotel unique.
Your hotel offers several vacation packages, do you plan to
introduce any new specials to attract new vacationers?
Every year brings new specials and promotions so that we can
attract both new and regular guests. We have several promotions
planned for next year including e.g. Cultural package or Great
Getaway Sale when guests can save up to 40%.
Hilton Prague is popular also among business travellers.
What percentage of your clientelle they account for, and
is there anything your hotel can offer to them that other
hotels do not have?
Most of our guests are business travellers as the hotel represents an ideal place either for small meetings or large conferences.
Our hotel comprehends hi-tech AV equipment, 38 meeting rooms
covering 5,000 square meters. Larger meetings or events can
be held in the Congress Hall for up to 1,500 guests or the Grand
Guests can unwind in our 2000 sqm large health club & spa with
an indoor pool. Dining options include rooftop Cloud 9 sky bar &
lounge with stunning views over the city, or the CzecHouse Grill
& Rotisserie, known for its show kitchen, or the 24hour open Cafe
Hilton Prague also boasts with excellent catering services, both
in-house and outside catering. We can plan and execute various types of events, from simple, intimate gatherings to grand,
spectacular banquets. We guarantee premium quality cuisine,
whether it is a barbecue or a gala dinner.
All these diverse services make our hotel unique and so popular.
The Most Majestic Hotel in Prague
In the magic Czech capital, where past times have left an indelible and mysterious mark, a neoclassical palace of incredible elegance - the Luxury Boscolo Prague hotel, once a bank,
offers unusual and wonderful experience. The scent of wood,
the splendid marble, the classical gables, the stucco work,
everything offers an exclusive welcome.
Wisit the contestant for the most beautiful café of Prague
contest, the Prague unit of New York Café, which opened in
the hotel´s historical lobby in 2012. Get one of the traditional
Czech dishes the café serves, and do not forget to explore the
dessert offering, exceptional in its quality as well as quantity.
And if you need more space, the whole lobby is at your service.
In the Opera Ballroom, dark mirror walls contrast with impressive chandeliers shaped as snow white skirts of ballroom
dancers that can change to any possible color. Perfect venue
for your social events.
Cosmopolitan elegance and an environment that will inspire
you to take a taste of culinary specials – that is the Box Restaurant. Enjoy delicious dishes served on plates corresponding with the restaurant´s design and accompanied by excellent wines.
The Cigar Bar offers a very intimate atmosphere, and no wonder – the place on the ground floor used to be the former
bank’s vault, dating to 1910. The door is still secured by the
original locking system, but where money and shares were
once saved excellent spirits and cigars are
being served today. All this and much more
is here for you, whether you are alone or
with a small party or whether you organize
a big event. True Event Palace.
Almost two hundred years ago, Goethe may have taken
walks in these places with the youthful Ulrike on his regular
walks. On the way, he told her stories and made such a deep
impression on her that they became close friends despite
their age difference. Recharge your batteries as Goethe did
thanks to our spas. Interesting stories and new friendships
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Maureen Chang : Happy to share exclusiveness
How do you see the Casa Serena grounds,
more than ten years since the inception?
This is a special place, being temporarily in our
hands, but always belonging to this country. A
place with a historic wealth and a present value,
made most of all by people coming here because
of their corporate matters and social events.
Casa Serena has changed its original strict
concept of the invitation-only visits. Why?
We are opening more and more to the surrounding world, which also determines a direction of
the local events. We can not live separate life.
We feel a responsibility to Roztěž village, Kutná
Hora city and the entire society. We have common goals. And we will be happy to share the
exceptionality of the place.
What is your nowadays strategy?
We have always relied on Casa Serena to be
a perfect back drop for important activities for
our partners and clients in many different ways.
Much of the developments of business strategies
require very clear mind set. That´s why we have
Casa Serena with its amazing golf course and
YOU CAN find almost one hundred
golf courses in the Czech Republic,
but just one of them is a strictly private one: Casa Serena Golf, an 18-hole
course 80 kilometres east of the Czech
capital Prague, close to the historic
UNESCO town of Kutná Hora.
Casa Serena was opened in 2007,
and throughout the design process
its architect, Robin Hiseman of the
European Golf Design, was clear in his
fundamental aims for the course.
“Casa Serena is a luxury private
retreat, so the golf course had to
measure up to that standard,” he said.
“Except for the Senior Tour events in
the last four years, the play is generally informal and relaxed during few
corporate tournaments there. So the
the course a really attractive setting for
your game,” he added.
The fairways are very undulating for an
inland course, so there are lots of uneven
stances to encounter. The fairways are
often exceptionally wide, so there is no excuse for missing the short grass but if you
do, the tall fescue rough can be severe.
“The bunkers are also generally very deep
and steep faced and the greens are very
slick; although they are not hugely undulating, there is enough gradient to make them
tough to read and you don’t often see long
putts being holed at Casa Serena for this
reason,” the architect said.
The 6,776- yard par 71 course hosted such
European Tour legends as former Ryder
Cup Captains Sam Torrance, Mark James,
Ian Woosnam and Bernhard Langer.
Not only Barry Lane, who went on to claim
the Casa Serena Open 2011, but all the
players knew they were contending upon
a contoured expanse of land in the Czech
countryside that Robin Hiseman believes to
be one of his masterpieces.
Last year, one of the world´s most exclusive
golf courses opened its doors to a select
group of companies by becoming possibly
the first „Corporate golf only“ venue for economical and social events. With its Access
Program, there is a possibility to organize
tailor made corporate golf events for both
companies and individual customers.
Only one corporate booking per day is
accommodated and there is no club or
membership attached to the course. The
corporate host is assured that the golf
course is entirely at their personal disposal for the day, with the opportunity to
dress the course and golf house with his
own corporate identity.
Casa Serena Golf is a private company
lead by Mrs. Maureen Chang. The Taicourse was designed to be fun, generous
off the tee, but with a sharp bite if you
find the hazards.“
The course was host of Casa Serena
Open, the European Senior Tour event
in 2008-11, and also held the innaugural
Casa Serena Invitational Pro-Am in September 2012. Ten international senior
professionals played with almost forty
amateur golfers in scramble format to
honor the course sponsors and partners. The architect describes the course
as the best conditioned in the Czech
Republic, due to the quality and superb
maintenance of the grounds. “Play over
the course is very limited, so it is always
in immaculate condition,” Hiseman said.
“Aesthetic considerations were high on
the agenda, so we worked hard to make
wanese born, American studied subtle
woman was inspired by her late friend
Serena in naming the venue, being a
big driving force in a process of establishing a golf course and renovating
the close chateau complex.
Atop the highest hill of the village
of Roztez, 422 meters above the sea
level, Roztez Chateau finds its home
amongst the glory of a former 14th
century wooden fortress, built by
Knight Bohuslav of Kosice. As Earl Jan
Spork purchased the quaint village of
Malesov in 1666, he came to claim the
land in an effort to remove the ruins of
the former fortress and erect a comfortable hunting-seat.
Between 1827 and 1830, its new owner,
Bedrich lord of Dalberg, refurbished
the castle in Empire style. After World
War II, the chateau was nationalized and the communist government
handed the chateau over to the Czech
Union of Journalists for use. The chateau was left dilapidated due to lack of
maintenance, and unfit for residence.
Following the Velvet Revolution in
1989, the chateau remained in the
hands of the state, and in 2001 was
purchased by Casa Serena. Subsequently, in 2002–2005, Casa Serena
carried out a complete reconstruction
of the chateau. The breathtaking views
and intimate quarters are now used for
accommodation of the owner’s family,
business partners, and Casa Serena
The gardens span over 9,880 acres, and
are strictly maintained, consistently offering both charm and beauty. Whether
you’re strolling for the afternoon, or
entertaining a garden party, the views
are sure to captivate any onlooker.
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Film director Jiří Menzel, best known for his Closely
Watched Trains, winner of the Best Foreign Film Academy
Award for 1966, shares his affection for some special
places in the Czech Republic and its capital Prague.
500 Restaurant on the ground floor of
the Prague house where I live is the place
where I usually go when I want to eat out.
The food is excellent, the staff polite and
friendly, the whole place very pleasant, with
a little garden open in the summer months.
And the best thing about it is that when I
don’t want to eat out, they bring me meals
upstairs to my appartment.
Český Krumlov I love to visit this
charming town in the south of the
country which is on the UNESCO World
Heritage list. They have beautiful Castle
Theater from the 17th century which is,
thanks to the warden at the castle, in
an incredibly good shape; original stage
technology, original costumes, decorations, machinery, fire extinguishers, everything. Moreover, it has extremely rich
documentaition such as librettos, scripts,
texts, partituras, sheet music, inventories, etc. It´s wonderful.
The Southern Gardens I love Prague
and when I need a little walk, I go
to the Southern Gardens beneath the
Prague Castle. You can actually make a
tour around the castle through the three
beautiful gardens, and it is a nice walk
with magnificent views of Prague.
French Restaurant in Prague’s Municipal House They don’t bring meals to my appartment, but I love this restaurant anyway. The restaurant is located in one of Europe’s finest
Art Nouveau buildings - the Municipal House, and it has not only great food, but great atmosphere as well.
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Třeboň Another town in the south of
the Czech Republic that I love. I go there
quite often, stay in a small, cosy hotel and
feel truly at home. When I travel in the Czech
Republic, I usually go south. All of Southern
Bohemia is very beautiful.
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