Ahoj, Monday! Your morning cup of Prague

A weekly cheat sheet for life in Prague and Czech Republic.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 15.05.2023 08:00:00 (updated on 15.05.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes


  • Czech president Petr Pavel paid tribute to the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust Sunday; he is only the second president to attend the annual memorial at Lety, a former WWII concentration camp.
  • Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that the government's austerity package, which aims to consolidate public finances, will not change.
  • Childcare coverage and availability of GPs are Czech health sector priorities; Czech Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said he will request an increase in funds for mental health care and prevention programs.
  • Czechia's second chance at Eurovision glory has a literary twist; see which Czech novel was selected for the Eurovision Book Contest, which will reveal its winners on June 2.


  • Monday, May 15|The second phase of repairs begins on the Barrandov Bridge in Prague today. Drivers should expect gradual traffic restrictions on the bridge, including the closure of the access ramp from K Barrandovu Street.
  • Monday, May 15|The Open House festival, running through May 21 kicks off today, allowing architecture lovers to visit typically inaccessible spaces for free.
  • Tuesday, May 16|On this day in 1868, the foundation stone of Prague's National Theatre was laid. Read more about the history of NT here.
  • Wednesday, May 17|The next film in the Some Like It Czech film series takes place today. Catch Dark Blue World, the story of Czechoslovak pilots who served in the British Royal Air Force during World War II at Kino Aero.
  • Thursday, May 18|Czech Radio is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a series of events, open days, and building illuminations that culminate in a free concert at Prague's Riegrovy Sady today.
  • Friday, May 19|Beginning today and running through May 21, the annual We Are Open festival showcases the galleries of Prague 7.


Last week Prague announced its plans to charge non-residents entry fees for driving through the city’s historical center. The aim is to calm traffic by limiting unnecessary transiting.

The measure could come into effect at the beginning of next year, but the exact parameters are still being discussed.

Do you agree with the planned measures to limit traffic in the historic center of Prague?

Yes 79 %
No 21 %
237 readers voted on this poll. Voting is closed


Now streaming on Disney+, director Liev Schreiber's A Small Light, is the story of Miep Gies, the secretary who helped her boss Otto Frank hide his family in the secret annex of his office.

A new edition of National Geographic's Overheard podcast, "How Anne Frank's Diary Survived" tells the stories that inspired the NG series (which was filmed in Prague, Slapy, and Hradec Králové in addition to Budapest and Amsterdam).


To the delight of all fans of bakery-fresh bread, sweet and savory pastries, and excellent coffee, Zrno Zrnko has a new Prague location. 

You can now find the cafe on Dejvická 33, which formerly housed a Sklizeno store. Some products from the Sklizeno assortment, such as farm eggs, will still be available at the Dejvice location.

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