General Information about Prague
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. 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 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. Numerous personalities famous world-wide have lived in Prague (e.g. Emperors Charles IV and Rudolph II, J. A. Comenius (Komenský), W. A. Mozart, Franz Kafka, A. Einstein, 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.
Complete information about Prague is available at the official website of Prague.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown = Česká koruna (CZK = Kč). Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague International Airport and principal railway stations (ATM machines and exchange offices) and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted as payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also possible at most restaurants and shops, please ask for details on-site.
You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank.
The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system, sockets are European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.
The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to make their own personal insurance before travelling to the congress.
The Czech Republic is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October it is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.
Autumm weather in Prague can be quite different, temperatures range from 10°C –to 20°C. You can find the current weather at The Weather Channel.