GENERAL INFORMATION
WELCOME TO PRAGUE
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city is home to about 1.26 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers.

Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Its long history predispose Prague to be a perfect place for those who find joy in sightseeing, and its great cuisine and traditional beer make it a perfect place to spend some pleasant time. The main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, the Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. The city boasts more than ten major museums and other historical exhibits, along with numerous theatres and galleries. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Prague has an excellent Public Transport System, which is very effective and inexpensive. Tickets are available from machines at underground stations, bus stops as well as tram stops (coins are needed), at news agent’s and from offices at the underground station (Hlavni nadrazi, Florenc, Muzeum, Kacerov). Keep in mind that your ticket must be validated before you enter underground station and immediately after you enter the bus or tram. Yellow marking machines are placed at the entrances to the underground station and near the door of the bus and the tram.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE CENTER
How to Reach the Cubex Centre Prague

The Cubex Centre Prague can be easily reached by metro line C (red line) to the station “Pankrác”, the Cubex is located just next to 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 validate 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 kilometres. A taxi ride from the airport to the Cubex Centre Prague will take approximately 30–45 minutes and cost about 30-35 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 “Pankrác”. The Cubex is just next to this station. All participants of the congress will receive FREE TICKET PUBLIC TRANSPORT once registering at Cubex, 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 Cubex and the Cubex itself is very easily accessible by taking the underground to “Pankrác” station, metro line “C”.
MORE 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. 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-Sklodowska 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.

GETTING AROUND

The public transport infrastructure consists of an intensely used integrated transport system of Prague Metro (its length is 65 km with 61 stations in total), Prague Tram System (including the "nostalgic tram" no. 91), buses, the Petřín funicular to Petřín Hill, and six ferries. Prague has one of the highest rates of public transport usage in the world with 1.6 million passengers per day.

AIRPORT

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 for public transportation before travelling and you can buy them in 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).

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Please note

All registered participants will receive Free PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKET (received 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 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 / 4.40 EUR
3-day pass (72 hours): 310 CZK / 12.40 EUR

Only properly validated tickets are valid

For more information about Prague Public transport visit http://www.dpp.cz/en/.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Complete information about Czech Republic is available at the official website of the Czech Republic.

Insurance
The organisers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the Conference.

Currency & Banking
Czech crown (CZK) is the official currency of the Czech Republic. Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague international Airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants and shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops, please ask for details on-site. You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank.

Electricity
The Czech Republic uses 230 V 50 Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.


Entry Formalities
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland can stay on the territory of the Czech Republic on the basis of their passport or identity card without any permit.

These persons are only required to fulfil the reporting duty with the Alien Police Inspectorate according to the place of residence in case their stay exceeds 30 days.

For stay exceeding three months, confirmation about temporary residence or permanent residence permit can be issued – more information will be provided by the Ministry of Interior.


Shopping
Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday to Sunday. Shops in the shopping centres are open from 9:00 to 21:00 daily.

Time Zone
The Czech Republic is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

Weather
September weather in Prague is usually warm with temperatures around 20 – 25° C/70° – 80° F and somewhat humid. Sudden showers and thunderstorms are common, so bring an umbrella or be prepared to dash for cover.


Important Telephone Numbers
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police
112: General Emergency for Europe
TRANSPORTATION
PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Please note

All registered participants will receive Free PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKET (received 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 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 / 4.40 EUR
3-day pass (72 hours): 310 CZK / 12.40 EUR

Only properly validated tickets are valid

For more information about Prague Public transport visit http://www.dpp.cz/en/.

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