The Orloj goes to Brussels
Prague's famous Orloj -or Astronomical clock - attracts millions of tourists every year. Soon Prague will not be the only place where you can admire it. This spring a perfect copy of the Orloj will be rubbing shoulders with the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben in Brussels.
"I think that the public here is more and more aware that there is a new country in the EU - the Czech Republic - and that the country is quite successful - both economic-wise and in its overall development. There are more and more Czech exhibitions in Brussels and an increased presence of our people in EU institutions, in the European Parliament and the European Commission. Another thing is that we can also see more and more Czech goods in Brussels. There are restaurants where you can get Pilsner beer, you can see more Czech cars on the streets these days- I think that our presence here is increasing."
Right now the Little Orloj -the latest Czech envoy to Belgium -is still packed up in boxes in Brussels. The head of the Prague House in Brussels says it will come out as soon as the weather improves - i.e. end of March/ beginning of April. And there will be a big open-air party to celebrate its unveiling. So if you are in Brussels round about then keep an eye out for it.