Christmas tree for Prague on its way
Although in most of the country there is no sign of snow, which is typically associated with Christmas in this part of the world, Christmas preparations have started in earnest. In a square close to the Czech Radio building, a Christmas market appeared on Monday. But probably the best-known Prague market, the one on the historic Old Town Square, is not going to open until next Saturday, December 2. Yet the tall Christmas tree which will dominate the square is already on its way to the capital.
"The situation for transport is ideal. There is no snow, unlike last year, so we don't expect any complications. Also, the weather forecast is favourable. The felling itself took place on Tuesday morning and the tree was ready for transport at around 1 pm."
"We have an expert study carried out about each tree every year, which examines the health of the tree and the quality of the wood. The report can be up to 30 pages long. The other important thing is the anchoring itself in the Old Town Square. The tree is sunk two metres into the ground. At the level of 6 metres and 13 metres, there are two steel sleeves to which steel ropes are attached that are anchored to blocks weighing several tonnes. That is to prevent the tree from breaking or falling in case of a gale."
The colourful Christmas markets in the Old Town Square and in Wenceslas Square will begin next Saturday and last until the 1st of January.