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The summer is around the corner, and if you plan on travelling around in the Czech Republic or  elsewhere in Europe by train, it may be a good idea to sign up for the In-Karta with Ceske Drahy.   Because I recently moved to Vienna, I have signed up for an IN25 card (with Rail Plus), which gives me a 25% discount on all of my regular tickets and returns.  All I have to do is show my card when I purchase my ticket and again when the conductor checks for tickets on the train.  I paid a total of 990 Kc, for a three year card.

There are different types of programs you can sign up for: N25, IN 50, IN 100, IN senior, IN junior or IN business application has been recorded where you can purchase discounted reservations for SC Pendolino trains.  The cool thing about an InKarta is also, that it allows you to use it as an electronic wallet and charge it up with money, and then purchase your tickets around the Czech Republic at the vending machines or the ticket office – and you get a bonus for utilizing this function.  If you are living in the Czech Republic, you also have many other discounts available to you on public transport and event cultural events.

Overview of In-karta card discounts

IN 25 (Cost depends on your age and how many years you want to purchase it for, check here, you will pay 150Kc for a year if you are 15-26 yrs old) is intended for all passengers, including children, students who take the train regularly to school or work. It is also worthwhile for frequent travel. With an In-karta IN 25, passengers receive a 25% discount on one-way, return and commuter tickets (in weekly, monthly and quarterly variants), and a discount on SporoTiket Česko and ČD Promo tickets, and discount on reservations for SC trains as well.

IN 50 (Cost depends on your age and how many years you want to purchase it for, check here – you will pay 1,300 Kc for a year if you are 15-26 yrs old) is suitable mainly for regular trips by youth from 15 to 26 years of age and adults, with a special price for pensioners. With an In-karta IN 50, passengers receive a 50% discount on one-way and return tickets, a 25% discount on commuter tickets, and a discount on SporoTiket Česko and ČD Promo tickets, and discount on reservations for SC trains as well.

IN 100 (Cost is 22K per yr, 45K for 2 yrs, 67K for 3 yrs, more here)
is intended for regular travel with a higher level of comfort. Without having to purchase additional travel documents, passengers are entitled to unlimited travel on ČD trains in 1st or 2nd class, a discount on reservations and tickets to destinations abroad (with the RailPlus discount), discount on reservations for SC trains, the option to transport one piece of oversized luggage free of charge, free travel on Airport Express connections, and free use of the ČD cableway at Ještěd.

IN business
is a version of the IN 100 discount (without RailPlus) suitable for corporate clients. The card is issued to the company (not to an individual), is transferable and helps resolve issues surrounding business trips.

IN senior
is intended for passengers over 70 years of age. With the IN senior discount, passengers need not purchase any additional travel documents for travel on local (Os) and limited-stop (Sp) trains. For journeys on fast (R) trains and higher-category trains, passengers can take advantage of a 50% discount off the regular fare or the return fare, 25% discount off the commuter tickets and a discount on SporoTiket Česko and ČD Promo tickets, and discount on reservations for SC trains as well.

If you plan on travelling abroad the Czech Republic and you apply for the In Karta, you must be sure to let them know at the ticket office, as you can only get discounts on international travel with the Rail Plus option.  It just means you need to purchase your discount for a longer period of time, rather than just a 3 months period for example.  So for the IN25 discount that I got, I had to sign up for 3 years, which totaled at 990 KC, still very much worth it.

More details about the In Karta can be found here.  Whether you decide to purchase the discounts or not, be safe and bon voyage – or shall I say šťastnou cestu!

PRE energy company has prepared an exhibition, at their Jungmannova Street location, of new electric bikes.  In addition, they have moved their rental bike station there from the old one that was located at Mánes.  They started their rental program last year in June and saw great interest so the program will expand.

The selection consists of 12 bike models that are ideal for getting around Prague. Currently, there are 10 PRE charging stations around the city.  You can view the locations here.   There will be about 22 charging stations in Prague. The first new charging stations will be in Výstaviště Holešovice and then one in Prague 22 and Prague 13. PRE is working with Shopping centers around the city to set up new stations.

Charging Station

The PREkolo (PREbike) is available to tourists to see the city as well as PRE customers who can receive a discount by just showing identification and a PRE invoice no more than a year old.  Currently PRE customers have 50% discount. Prague’s hilly terrain is difficult for an untrained cyclist but the electric bikes make it possible for anyone to enjoy the city on a bike.  The PREkolo will easily get you up the Petřín Hill and can also get you from the Dancing House to the Prague Castle in 15 minutes.

You can rent the bike to tour the city, run errands or just go on a leisure ride.  The website has some recommended routes you can explore.  The website is only in Czech for now but I am sure you can get the gist of it with the help of Google translate.

There are about 30 electric charging stations around Prague.  The 10 PRE  charging locations will provide energy for free, the non-PRE stations are at about 110 crowns. Here is a map of all the charging stations around the Czech Republic.

 

PRE Rental Location:
Jungmannova 747/28 (Palác TeTa), 110 00 Praha 1
GPS coordinates: 50°4’55.308″N, 14°25’21.036″E
www.prekolo.cz 

Reservation form in English can be found here.

The Transport Company of Prague (DPP) prepared in cooperation with the Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek and VOŠ, an all day multi-genre concert ‘Tune in the Metro’, for all passengers to enjoy on April 18th in the Prague Metro.  Patron of the event is the Mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda.

Below is the schedule and locations of the bands.

 

06.00 Rajská zahrada: Guitar duo (Latin)
07.00 Budějovická: Jazz quartet (Bebop)

08.00 Luka: Flute quartet (Contemporary)
08.00 Dejvická: Saxophone quartet (Contemporary)
09.00 Budějovická: Guitar quartet (Classical
10.00 Florenc: String Orchestra (Musicals)
10.00 Muzeum: Musical set (Musicals)
11.00 Kobylisy: Brass Ensamble (Folk)
12.00 Malostranská: Guitar duo (Baroque)
13.00 Florenc: Big band KJJ (Swing)
14.00 Vltavská: String Orchestra (Musicals)
14.00 Hradčanská: Musical set (Musicals)
15.00 Florenc: Big band VOŠ (Swing)
16.00 Muzeum: Jazz quartet (Jazz)
17.00 Můstek: Lab band KJJ (Swing)
18.00 Vltavská: Choir DP (Contemporary)
18.00 Anděl: Flute quartet (Contemporary)
18.00 Smíchov. nádr.: Saxophone quartet (Contemporary)
19.00 Můstek: Tritonus Priest (Pop, Jazz)
20.00 Florenc: Excite (Rock)
21.00 Muzeum: Nano Illussions (Soul)
22:00 Můstek B: Trumpet Q (Jazz, Swing, Funk)

Introducing a fairly new website - Hello Czech Republic - launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Here you can get information on living in or visiting the Czech Republic straight from the source.   The website is available in 6 different languages and provides you with accurate and up to date information on a number of different topics.

Gavrilo Prinzip's cell


Sometimes much like if you want to get to know a person better, then you have to get to know the less salubrious side of them too. The same goes for countries too. If you’re an expat then sometimes it’s good to take a look at the darker sides of the country you’re making your home. If you’re living in the Czech Republic I would recommend a trip to Terezen (Theresienstadt) .
For the uninitiated Terezen is a fortress city which was used as a transit camp for Jews, from Czechoslovakia to the death camps like Auschwitz. As well as Jews, hundreds of Czech patriots who had resisted the Nazi occupation, Gypsies, homosexuals and many other people who were considered ‘undesirable’ to the racial purity of the Nazis vision for a new Europe.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s understandable if you wouldn’t be interested, but I would ask you to consider at least look it up on the web and then consider your decision.
Terezen located to the North West of Prague, was originally built in 1780 by Joseph 11 as a fortress to protect Prague. It was never tested as a fortress but was used as a prison by the Austro-Hungarian authorities. One of the most famous prisoners held there was no other than Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian in Sarajevo in 1914, an event which triggered the First World War (1914-18). He was held there for several years before dying of tuberculosis.
While Terezen was not a death camp like Auschwitz Birkeanau, thousands died of disease and malnutrition. The fortress’ most infamous episode relates to a visit made to the camp by the International Red Cross to check on reports of the maltreatment of Jews by the Nazis.
Notified of the visit in advance the camp authorities set up a huge false front and spruced up the camp to make it look as if all was normal. The levels to which they went to cover up the truth can be seen at the Lesser Fortress where there is a whole brand new shower and bathroom block which was shown to the Red Cross authorities, despite the sinks and showers never being plumbed in. Likewise the inmates were never allowed to use the facilities.
A propaganda film was also made to show how happy the inhabitants were. This can be seen during a tour of the Lesser Fortress. The Red Cross were taken in by these ruses and reported that conditions were ‘acceptable’.
Despite this occurring over seventy years ago there is a startling lesson for us all to remember not just to believe everything we see at first hand.

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