NEW security checks at Prague Castle, which attracts nearly two million tourists annually, have caused queues of visitors at peak times, sparking criticism from tourist businesses.
The vast historical complex overlooking the medieval city centre is the seat of the president, Milos Zeman. His office says security had to be tightened in response to terrorism attacks in Europe.
Tourists queuing up at the Castle last week mostly raised no objections to the checks.
However, the national association of tourist agencies said they were groundless or even dangerous.
“Somebody creating a mass of tourists is creating a security risk. If somebody wanted to harm people now, he can be sure tourists are grouped in one spot,” a spokesman for the association, Jan Papez, said.