Conference Venue

The Conference building

The conference will be held in the 1691 building of the School of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference building itself (House for professed) is dated to the 1691, however it also contains remains of 11 century rotunda. This building has a convenient location in the historical city center, in the area called Lesser Town (Malá Strana) close to local attractions like Charles Bridge (Karlův most) and Prague Castle (Pražský hrad). The building has been recently renovated.

Address:

Charles University
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Malostranske namesti (Square) 25,
118 00 Praha 1

Visas to the Czech Republic and invitation letters

Travel Information:

Airport:

Prague Vaclav Havel airport is located about 8km west from the city center. The airport is divided into two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Flights from the Schengen countries arrive at Terminal 2, others on Terminal 1. The taxi and public transport stops are in front of both terminals. The best way how to get to and from the airport is the 119 bus line going between the airport and Nadrazi Veleslavin metro station. Standard fares apply - 32CZK ticket is the best option.
You can also use the taxi - the price for one way trip to the city center should be around 500CZK per car.

Trains:

Trains from Western Europe usually arrive at the Holešovice railway station, others on the Main station. Both stations are connected to the Metro line C ("Nádraží Holešovice" and "Hlavní nádraží" stations), so both conference venue and conference hotel are easy to reach.

Coaches:

Most international coaches arrive at the Florenc bus terminal. The terminal is connected to the Metro line C ("Florenc" station), so both conference venue and conference hotel is easy to reach.

Conference:

Conference venue is located in the historical city centre, in the area called Lesser Town (Malá Strana), so it could be a nice walk from your hotel if it is somewhere nearby (e.g. from the Old Town or from Hradčany). Prague has a good public transport, a tram stop "Malostranské náměstí" of lines 12, 20 and 22 is right in front of the faculty building.
You can also take Metro (underground/subway) line A (green) to the station "Malostranská" and then either go one stop by tram (lines 12, 20, 22) to the stop "Malostranské náměstí" or walk there through Letenská street (less than 10 minutes).

Of course, you can always take a taxi, just say the address "Malostranské náměstí, Mathematics Faculty".

GPS coordinates of the conference venue: N 50°05'17.42", E 14°24'13.28"

Public transport tickets:

There are several ticket types available for the Prague Public Transport system. All tickets are valid in Metro, trams and buses.

  • 32 CZK ticket: you can travel on it 90 min. from validation (unlimited transfers).
  • 24 CZK ticket - you can travel on it 30 min. from validation (unlimited transfers).
  • 110 CZK ticket - you can travel on it 24 hrs from validation (unlimited transfers).
  • Fares in Prague - Prague Public Transport (DPP)

The public transportation system in Prague is quite reliable and safe - safe to the extent as any Capital City may be, but certainly not safer. As in any other bigger city, beware of pickpockets. They are in action in the most frequented places as the Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí), the Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží) and on metro stations and metro trains in the city centre. Also tram line no. 22 (going through the city centre) does not have exactly good reputation. Always try not to be alone when using trams at night.

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On-site Service

Catering:

Lunches and coffee breaks will be served at the conference venue.

Badges:

Participants are requested to wear their name badges upon registration all the time during all professional and social activities of HT 2017. Badges will serve as tickets for entrance to the conference and to the social events.

Wi-Fi:

Wi-Fi will be provided in all rooms of the conference venue. Password will be given to participants at the lecture rooms. Several charging points will be available.

Parking:

Since the conference venue is situated in the historical center of Prague, parking nearby is not possible. The nearest parking place is Garage Rudolfinum, Alšovo nabřeží 12, Praha 1. Price 60 CZK (approximately 2.30 Euro) per hour. We recommend participants to use the Prague public transportation system.

Smoking:

Smoking inside the conference venue is not allowed. Smoking outside the building is possible.

Copying:

A copying service is provided upon request. Please ask any of the conference assistants. The service is charged.

General Information

Public Transportation

Prague is well known by its excellent public transportation system. The conference venue is easily reachable. Trams, metro and buses provide regular connection. A basic ticket fare (90 minutes incl. changing lines) costs 32 CZK, or short-term ticket fare (30 minutes, incl. changing lines) costs 24 CZK. One day ticket for any of Prague transportation without restriction costs 110 CZK, 3 days ticket costs 310 CZK.

Taxi

For taxi services, please ask for help at the registration desk. We recommend to use AAA Taxi (yellow cab) or City Taxi and to ask about the price before the ride, and request a receipt.

Emergency and Medical Services

Phone Numbers:

  • 150 Fire Fighters
  • 155 Rescue Squad
  • 158 Police of the Czech Republic
  • 156 Prague City Police
  • 112 European Emergency Numer
Important Safety Information

In terms of public safety, Prague is similar to all big European cities. Tourists are often targeted by pick pockets and rogue traders. We would like you to spend lovely and unforgettable times in Prague. There are some recommendations:

For your own safety, and for the safety of your money, credit cards, other valuables and your travel documents, please, follow not just the usual precautions (keep an eye on them at all times, leave them in the hotel and do not carry them with you to the city, etc.), but specifically:

  • be careful about your handbags and wallets in any public and especially touristic places where a crowd might be present (even if it does not look like it is actually crowded). Be especially careful if you approach a crowd that looks artificially created in a situation where you would not expect a crowd (such as a half-empty underground train or tram or bus car).
  • be alert when someone stands too close to you in public transport, metro escalators or at the stops, or even touches you pretending it is crowded, regardless if it really is or is not.
  • change money only in the bank, official exchange offices or ATMs or use your credit cards for payments. Be careful when using the ATM.
Foreign Exchange and Banking

The official currency in the Czech Republic is Czech Crown (CZK). One can find many exchange offices and banks in Prague or to get CZK in ATM. All major international cards are accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants.

VAT Refund

All foreign visitors (except those coming from European Union countries) to the Czech Republic can apply for value added tax (VAT) refund. In order to get the VAT refund the foreigners must fulfil the following conditions.

The price of the goods including VAT must exceed 2,000 CZK.

Goods must be purchased in one day from a retailer marked by TAX REFUND sign. You must ask a retailer for the TAX REFUND FORM and the receipt. The purchased goods must leave the country within 30 days after the day of purchase.

VAT refund must be claimed 1) with the same retailer in person or 2) through specialised collecting agencies (such as Global Blue, Global Refund, Premier Tax Free).

How to get VAT refund:

  1. Buy goods for more than 2,000 CZK from a retailer marked by TAX REFUND sign.
  2. Request the envelope, the VAT REFUND FORM and the receipt.
  3. Have the VAT REFUND FORM filled out, indicating the VAT amount, and have it stamped by the retailer.
  4. Have your VAT REFUND FORM validated at the border or at the airport by the Czech Customs Office. If you travel by train you must ask for a Customs officer.
  5. a) Stop at any of the specialized collecting agency's refund office at the border and get the cash; or b) return home and mail your VAT forms and receipts to any of the specialized collecting agencies, requesting the refund; or c) keep all the forms and receipts and claim the refund with the same retailer during your next trip to the Czech Republic (within 90 days from the day of purchase).

Note that tax is not refunded on food, cigarettes, alcohol, and petrol.

Electricity

Electricity in the Czech Republic is a 230 V/50 Hz system, with Euro plug (CEE 7/16).

Shops and Shopping Centers

Most shops and shopping centers open the whole week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Big shopping centers are closed during state holidays.

Getting Around, Sightseeing

Golden Prague - the magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, whose image has been mirrored in the surface of the Vltava river for more than ten centuries. Prague is also a modern European metropolis full of energy, music, and art. Discover Prague and its surroundings when attending EJC 2012 ...

St. Vitus' Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta)

St. Vitus' Cathedral

A gothic cathedral, the spiritual symbol of the Czech state, founded in the year 1344 by Jan Lucembursky (John of Luxembourg) and his sons Karel (Charles) and Jan Jindrich (John Henry) in the place of the original romanesque rotunda. Decorated by precious works of art it encloses St. Wenceslas' Chapel and the Crypt with tombs of Bohemian kings. The coronation jewels are deposited here, too.

Charles Bridge (Karlův most)

Charles Bridge

The oldest Prague bridge built in the place of the Judita's Bridge that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. The Stone or Prague Bridge since 1870 called Charles Bridge, was founded by Charles IV in the year 1357. Both ends of the bridge are fortified by towers (the Lesser Town Bridge Towers, the Old Town Bridge Tower). From 1683 to 1928 thirty sculptures and sculptural groups of the saints were gradually set on the bridge piers.

National Theater (Národní divadlo)

National Theater

A neo-rennaisance building erected in 1868 - 1881 as a result of a vast national collection (architect J. Zitek). A fire destroyed much of the building in its first year of existence; it was reconstructed by architect Josef Schulz in 1883. The outside and inside decoration was completed by the artists of the National Theater generation - M. Ales, F. Zenisek, V. Hynais, J. V. Myslbek, etc. The National Theater is the outstanding Czech stage and its repertoire consists of drama, opera and ballet performances.

... and Czech Beer (Pivo)

National Theater

Before 1842 beers were dark and cloudy, until visionary brew-master created the world's first golden beer. This revolutional breakthrough took place in the city of Pilsen, in today's Czech Republic; the town and the beer have given its name to the new style of beer - Pilsner. Find out why the total consumption of beer in the Czech Republic - 160 liters per capita per year - is the highest in the world.

and much more ...

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It is a city with a long tradition, nice atmosphere, and mild weather (at mid of July the temperature in Prague typically ranges between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day). Prague is relatively safe city as any other major European city. The Czech Republic is a part of the EU but it still uses its own currency: the Czech crown. Major credit cards are widely accepted, ATM's are abundant. If you avoid the overpriced tourist's traps, Prague is also relatively cheap destination (Cost of living in Prague).

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