Pilsner Paradise in Prague
Let’s start with the best news this year! Would you like to explore the secrets of the world’s first golden ‘pilsner’ lager? The Pilsner Urquell Brewery is opening a large beer centre in the very centre of Prague in spring 2023 – Pilsner Urquell: The Original Beer Experience. You will learn the story of Pilsner Urquell, which brought pils, the most popular beer to the world, 180 years ago, with all your senses! Besides the interactive exhibition, the historical building at St. Wenceslas Square will also include a pub, a restaurant and a shop.
Up to the Castle! Art, Gardens as Well as Totalitarian Regime Memorials
Prague Castle is also preparing a lot of new stuff! On 1 January, the Castle re-opened the famous Picture Gallery with one of the oldest Czech art collections. Admire the works of Titian, Rubens, Tintoretto or Cranach. In 2023, a new exhibition commemorating the horrors of totalitarian regimes should open in the House of Pages at Hradčany. And after the premiere in December 2022, the Royal Garden should remain open to the public also in winter. Hooray!
Brutally Luxurious Accommodation in Prague
And where to spend a night in Prague? At the end of 2023, the legendary Golden Prague Hotel should open. It is an example of peak European brutalist architecture. It is currently being reconstructed and after it opens, you will find the famous Zlatá Praha restaurant there, or the Sky Bar, offering a magnificent view of Prague Castle. The Ritz Carlton Hotel is also planning to open in 2023; it is now being transformed from several historical houses near the Old Town Square.
Can Czech Spas Get Even More Beautiful? Yes!
The new landmark by architect Dušan Jurkovič, known for his distinct style combining Art Nouveau with folklore (e.g., the mountain chalets at Pustevny in the Beskids are like from a fairy-tale), can be seen in Luhačovice: the sun bathhouse will look the same as in 1902 when it was built. However, you won’t find the famous pool and changing rooms there; the bathhouse will be a museum with an exhibition focused on architect Dušan Jurkovič and composer Leoš Janáček – two men who loved the Luhačovice Spa and used to return there. In spring, the Chateau Bathhouse in Karlovy Vary should re-open after being closed for the past two years.
A Trip to the Middle Ages
Would you like to know what life was like in the country during the Middle Ages? Visit the brand-new archaeological open-air museum in Trocnov! Behind the gate, you’ll find a reconstructed village from the 14th to 15th century. The area is a part of the current Museum of the Memorial of Jan Žižka of Trocnov. Yes, it is the ‘Žižka’ – the main character from the new historical film ‘Medieval’ (starring Michael Caine and Matthew Goode), which you can see on Netflix.
Brno Underground: Gothic Through the Lens of 21st Century Technology
If you go to Brno, you should definitely visit the local underground! The offer will expand in 2023 with a new multimedia exposition full of modern technologies in the Cellar under the New City Hall. The underground includes the cellar of the house of mint masters and the reconstructed cellars of the New City Hall.
A New Gate to the Caves: Learning and Entertainment
The Bohemian Karst is planning to open a new visitor centre this year. In spring 2023, the House of Nature of the Bohemian Karst should open; it will become the entry space to the Koněprusy Caves. The new exposition will present this small natural wonder in a fun way; you can look forward to various experiments or a walkthrough artificial cave.
A Glass Train Through Vineyards and Along the Amber Trail
In summer 2023, the Porta Moravica line will offer a ride on a train with a panoramic carriage from Graz in Austria to Przemyśl in Poland. You can take the train with a first-class ticket from Břeclav to Bohumín and explore Moravia and Silesia! You will ride through a region of vineyards, the ancient Amber Trail as well as the water kingdom of the European Oder River.
A Dose of Art in a Unique Mill
The national technical monument, Automatic Gočár Mills in Pardubice, is expecting a lot of new features. They are planning to open the Gočár Gallery, the East Bohemian Gallery, the Gallery of the City of Pardubice, a café, an information centre and a scenic terrace on the industrial premises in September 2023. The author of the monumental construction is one of the most important Czechoslovak architects of the 20th century, Josef Gočár, who designed the famous Cubist palace, the House at the Black Madonna, in the centre of Prague.
Will the UNESCO List Expand?
After listing of timber rafting by UNESCO in December 2022, we are curious about which Czech tradition will make it to the list in the following years. Will it be Vamberk lacemaking, the Moravian Slovak festival, coopery in the brewing industry, bagpiping or the manual production of chenille textiles? And will it be in 2023? Let’s all keep our fingers crossed!