A Czech tourists died in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia on Thursday, the Slovak daily Nový čas has reported. The 49-year-old Czech slipped while descending Huncovský štít and fell about 200 meters. His body was found by the rescue service. According to the rescuer workers, the man wasn't equipped with proper hiking gear, which might have contributed to the accident.
Over 20,500 people turned out for the 52nd march between Prague and the central Bohemian town of Prčice on Saturday. Participants can take part in 16 different walks, the longest of which is 70 kilometres log. The traditional event, which takes place on the third weekend in May, enjoyed its heyday in the 1980s when around 30,000 took part.
The city of Jerusalem is to get a new watchtower by the famous Czech architect Martin Rajniš, who has built several such towers around the Czech Republic. The watchtower, typically a light construction of wooden beams and timber, will be built as part of Jerusalem Design Week. It is set to be erected in the Western part of the city in early July.
A rescue team was able to free a speleologist trapped in the Nová Drátenická cave in Moravský kras (Moravian Karst) on Sunday. The man’s legs were pinned in an apparent cave-in; a spokesman for the fire brigade confirmed his rescue as complex, as the man was located several hundred metres away from the cave opening. Once freed, the person was taken by helicopter to Brno’s Teaching Hospital. The injuries to his legs were described as serious.
A move to introduce new rules governing the coloured signs and directions for touristic paths across the country looks like it will be defeated in Cabinet. The introduction of new rules, making the Club of Czech Tourists and the Mountain Services the legal owners of the signs and direction markers and setting a fine of up to 5,000 crowns for damaging them, has been backed by the Christian Democrats. But other parties say the proposal is full of flaws and erodes the rights of property owners. The chances of the proposal being backed in Cabinet on Monday are viewed as slim. An army of association volunteers with paint brushes renew the markets on a continual basis.