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Celebrating 100 Years of The Czech Republic in 2018.



This year will see The Czech Republic and Slovakia turn 100 years old and in doing so Prague will play host to a multitude of celebrations throughout the year. Technically it will be 100 years since the establishment of former Czechoslovakia, which of course split in 1993, but both nations will be going ahead with festivities marking the birth of the neighbouring states. It was novelist Alois Jirásek who proclaimed the creation of the First Republic as he stood in front of the Saint Wenceslas monument on the famous square on 28th October 1918, almost a century ago.

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Wenceslas Sq.

Independance came when the first world war ended and the Austro-Hungarian empire fell. In fact the declaration was drafted by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk with American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and presented to the US government on Oct 17th (although most treat the 28th as the actual birth of the country). And here at City Sightseeing Prague we are proud to have been operating in the city since September 2009 andwe look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary next year.

One of the most visited monuments in the city has been getting a facelift and makeover before the big 100 arrives, the Astronomical Clock. The tower that plays host to the magnificent device was due a reconstruction and is set to finish in July 2018 just in time for the celebrations. Even though the facade is currently covered you can still get inside the tower and go to the top for magnificent views, simply a few steps away from our main ticket office at Zelezna 2 and stop number 1 of our Blue line route.

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The Astronomical Clock

In Letná park, there was infamously a large monument of former soviet dictatator Joseph Stalin which is now an open space used for bars, concerts and exhibitions. This space will be used in association with organisations like Czech Radio and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes for a large multimedia interative exhibition. The exhitbition will document the life and times of those who struggled through the various occupations and regimes suffered by the country in it’s 100 year existance. This will be open from October when the anniversary arrives but will run until oct 2019 so you can plan you trip early.

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‘Stalin’ space in Letna Park (Now a bar, exhibition space and home of The Metronome)

One thing is for certain and that is if you visit during summer and autumn of 2018 you will not be short of things to do in order to celebrate the 100 year milestone the country looks toward. A variety of festivities, celebrations and exhibitions are being announced as we head towards the special day, so watch this space or ask one of our friendly staff for tips when visiting the city. There is something for everyone to commemorate Czech figures and history. Those who love history can walk in the footsteps of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, through the architectural visions of Adolf Loos, Josef Gočár and Jan Kotěra, or around the galleries of Alfons Mucha, František Kupka and Emil Fila. Nastravi!

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