Prague, in Czech – Praha, is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also historical capital of Bohemia proper. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and chilly winters.
“The Mother of Towns”, “The Golden City“, or “The City of a Hundred Spires“, these are just a few of the many attributes that the Czech metropolis nestling above the river Vltava has earned for itself. Prague as a major destination of visitors arriving in the Czech Republic, with its appeal of architectural monuments of all styles, the traditional hospitality of its people and the excellent beer served by Czech pubs, as well as the remarkable mix of Czech, German and Jewish cultures, is considered one of the most beautiful cities, and not just in Europe.
In 1993, the city’s historical centre was rightfully added to the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. For lovers of historical monuments, Prague is, literally, a paradise. The grand Baroque palaces of the Hradčany quarter join forces to form a monumental gateway to Prague Castle, with its magnificent Gothic cathedral consecrated to St Vitus. The Lesser Quarter boasts a profusion of intimate corners and pleasant restaurants; fine burghers houses blend with splendid aristocratic palaces and charming gardens here. The Old Town of Prague offers its visitors a network of twisting medieval lanes and the Old Town Square. When exploring the remains of the former Jewish town, its synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery or the extensive collections of the Jewish Museum (one of the most valuable to be found in Europe), you are certain to experience a mysterious spiritual atmosphere. The Charles Bridge, the most beautiful promenade site in Prague, is alive with street artists and musicians.
Prague is a city of very high standards, offering both historical and modern conference venues, hotels, restaurants and places of interest. Prague – the capital of the Czech Republic situated on both banks of the Vltava river is a beautiful city with a rich history. Thanks to its location in the centre of Europe, Prague has always been an important crossroads of trade and culture. In the course of its thousand-year history, Prague has always been the political, cultural, and business centre of the country. Prague, often called “Golden” or “Hundred-spired”, belongs to the architecturally unique European towns, attractive for tourists from around the world. Visitors find themselves enjoying a living museum of European architecture from Romanesque time to the present.
Prague has 1,200,000 inhabitants and stretches over approximately 500 square kilometres. The dominant feature of the city is Prague Castle, which houses the gothic St. Vitus’s Cathedral. The castle had been the seat of Czech kings since 1087, until 1918 when it became the seat of presidents of the Czechoslovak Republic, and since 1993 it has been the seat of the president of the Czech Republic. Prague has one of the oldest universities in Europe; the Charles University which was founded in 1348.
Prague has a designated UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area of more than 8 sq km, over 100 theatres, concert halls, galleries etc More than 100 personalities famous world-wide have lived in Prague (e.g. King Charles IV, Rudolph II, J. A. Comenius (Komenský), W. A. Mozart, Franz Kafka, A. Einstein, A. Pick, M. Curie-Sklodowski etc…).
With a widely opened pro-market economy, stable democratic government, stable currency and well-known working skills of the people, this country provides a great opportunity to host a conference in order to meet scientists and business people from all over the world.
The public transport infrastructure consists of an intensely used integrated transport system of Prague Metro (its length is 59 km with 57 stations in total), Prague Tram System (including the "nostalgic tram" no. 91), buses, the Petřín funicular to Petřín Hill, and six ferrit. Prague has one of the highest rates of public transport usage in the world with 1.2 billion passenger journeys per annum.
Welcome to Václav Havel Airport Prague. This airport handles flights of most European carriers and also some overseas flights. It is located 30-45 minutes by car from the centre of Prague. There is a good connection between the airport and city centre by public transport buses and taxis
Unfortunately there is no subway or train connection to the city from the airport. You should buy a ticket before travelling and these can be found at the arrival hall, at ticket machines or at the newsagents (if arriving late and all shops are closed buy a ticket from the driver but large banknotes are not accepted).
All registered participants will recieve Free PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKET (recieved on-site at the registration desk and will be valid within the dates of the congress).
Prague has a very sophisticated subway, tram and bus transport system. The Prague underground is quite new and efficient. At peak times, trains run every 2 or 3 minutes, and during off-peak hours at least every 8-10 minutes.
You can find more information about Prague public transport on the web pages http://www.dpp.cz/en/
Short-term passes (unlimited travel within ticket validity)
Most visitors find travel passes cost effective and hassle free. If you use public transport more than a few times a day, definitely go for one. Also 3 and 5 day passes allow free transport for a child aged between 6 and 14 (inclusive).
24-hour pass: 110 CZK / 4.30 EUR
3-day pass (72 hours): 310 CZK / 12.20 EUR
Only properly validated tickets are valid
For more information about Prague Public transport visit http://www.dpp.cz/en/
The Prague Congress Centre can be easily reached by metro line C (red line) to the station “Vyšehrad”, the PCC is located just in front of the metro station. Tickets can be purchased in automatic machines at each metro station or at newsstands. The ticket costs 32 Czech crowns (approx. 1.25 EURO) and is valid for 90 minutes. Please note that you need to mark the ticket when you enter the metro/tram/bus for the first time.From the Airport
The distance from the Václav Havel Airport Prague is 15 kilometers. A taxi ride from the airport to the Prague Congress Centre will take approximately 30–45 minutes and costs about 25-30 EUR. You can also travel by public transport. Take the bus No. 119 towards “Nádraží Veleslavín” (METRO station). Leave the bus at the end stop and change for the METRO green line "A" the direction towards "Depo Hostivar". You will go 7 stops to the station “Muzeum”. Change there for the METRO red line C and go to the station “Vyšehrad”. The PCC is just next to this station. All participants of the congress will receive FREE TICKET PUBLIC TRANSPORT once registering at PCC, however you will need to buy a ticket for CZK 32 for this first journey from the airport.From the city centre
There is a north-south highway just in front of the PCC and the PCC itself is very easily accessible by taking the underground to “Vyšehrad” station, metro line “C”.
The vestibule and platform from the direction of the city-center (Háje-bound) has barrier-free access.
Because of the station´s structural design with separate platforms, to get to the city center we recommend using the subway train from the wheelchair-accessible Háje-bound platform and going to the next station, Pražského povstání, where the island platform allows for an easy transfer to trains going to the city center (Ládví, Letňany-bound). For a barrier-free exit at Vyšehrad station from the direction of Háje, we recommend going to I. P. Pavlova station and using the island platform to transfer to a Háje-bound train.
Get off from Metro and take the right onto the platform down and then to the left into the park. The park passes straight, you pass the stairs to your left to the congress center and you go straight to the ramp leading up to the congress center. As you drive up, continue straight ahead towards the metro station. Approximately 10m in front of the stairs to the metro, turn right up the ramp and then right around the congress center. You are now at your destination, all accesses to the congress center are barrier-free, as well as the entire interior of the Congress Center.
In the city centre, taxis are easy to take from the street but we strongly recommend you use hotel taxis or to call a taxi by phone through the radio taxi service.
We recommend you use following taxi companies: