Prague & Czech Republic

Airport

Prague International 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 Prague centre by public transport or taxi. A taxi ride from the airport to the city costs about 20 EUR.

City of Prague

Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic situated on the both banks of Vltava River is a beautiful city with a rich history. Thanks to its location in the heart of Europe, Prague has been an important crossroad of trade and culture for many centuries.

During its thousand years history, Prague was always a political, cultural, and business centre of the country. Prague is also called a "Golden City“ or a "City of Hundred Towers" and belongs to the group of architecturally unique European towns, attractive for tourists from the whole world. The visitors find themselves enjoying living museum of European architecture from Romanesque to the present times. Prague is quite a unique city well known not only for the number of its towers. Prague also boasts about a vast number of bridges connecting both banks of the river Vltava with the oldest Charles Bridge being more than 600 years old.

Currency and banking

Czech Crowns are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague International Airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the town. International credit cards are also accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Czech Republic

For information please see website www.czechtourism.com

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 220 volt 50 Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.

Public transportation

Prague has a very sophisticated subway, tram and bus transportation system. The Prague underground is quite new and efficient. In the peak hours trains run every 1 or 2 minutes, and during off-peak hours at least every 10 minutes.

For more information about Prague public transport see website www.dpp.cz

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday through Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday through Sunday.

Taxi service

In the city centre, taxis are easy to hail from the street but we strongly recommend to use hotel taxis or to call taxi by phone through the radio taxi service. Conference staff will be happy to assist you with taxi service at the Prague Congress Centre.

Boarding charge: 30 CZK/1 drive
Journeys within the city: 25 CZK/1 kilometer
Waiting time: 10 CZK/1 minute

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.

Visa requirements

All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic must possess a passport valid for at least the next six months. Participants requiring visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their country in order to avoid delay in travel for the conference. Please note that visa application procedure can take up to two months and that it is not possible to obtain visa at the Prague airport. For further information please see website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs www.mzv.cz. Conference Secretariat is ready to help you with getting visa and provide detailed information on application procedure. Please be informed that Conference Secretariat will charge you for providing the Official invitation required for Visa execution.

Letter of Invitation / Visa Letter Request form

Please complete this form so that the Organizing Committee of ISCAA 2010 can provide you with an invitation letter, which is necessary to obtain a Visa to enter EU and Czech Republic. Please, fill one form for each person (either active, passive participant or accompanying person)

Please send the completed form to info@iscaa2010prague.cz.

The Organizing Committee will provide an official invitation letter to those who may need it for visa purposes, once the final registration form is received and registration fee is paid.

Then you receive the invitation letter and the confirmation of registration fee payment via post. This service is charge 15 Euro which has to be paid together with the registration fee.

Weather

Summer in Prague can be absolutely beautiful. The city parks turn green and the restaurants open their garden terraces. Days are quite long and temperatures warm up considerably for July. The summer can be rainy at times - especially in June, sometimes beginning of July. But often the rain comes as afternoon summer showers.

Consider bringing... a light jacket (definitely), umbrella, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.

Average Low / High Temps: July 13/23 C (56/75 F) (These are just averages and temperatures can be considerably warmer.)

The current weather conditions you can find at www.weather.com.

Czech language

Even though at all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague English is spoken, we include a few basic Czech words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Prague.

Slovník Vocabulary
Ahoj! Hello!
Dobrý den! Good day!
Dobrý večer! Good evening!
Dobrou noc! Good night!
Jak se máte? How are you?
Mám se dobře. I am fine.
Děkuji. Thank you.
Kolik to stojí? How much is it?
Nechceš jít na pivo? Would you like to go for a beer?
Pivo beer
Jeden one
Dva two
Tři three
Deset ten
Sto hundred
Tisíc thousand

Prague Card

Prague Tourist Card (Prague Card) is a four-day admission card to over 50 monuments and museums throughout Prague.It is possible to complete this Card by buying a tourist travel permit for the city public transport.

The Card is accompanied by a colour six-language brochure with information on buildings and with coupons (in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian).

Phones

Local phone calls from public telephones 10,- Kč
Telephone cards in the value of 200,- Kč and 300,- Kč are available at newsagents' and tobacconists', post offices, department stores, hotels, travel agencies, etc.

Mobile Phones

There are three mobile operators in the Czech Republic:

Important Telephone Numbers:
  • Emergency call 112
  • Ambulance service phone 155
  • Police phone 158
  • Fire emergency phone 150
  • Municipal police phone 156
  • Emergency road service phone 1230, 1240
  • General information phone 12 444
  • Directory inquiries (Prague and the whole Czech Republic) phone 1180
  • Directory inquiries (international) - both telephone and fax numbers, call services and prices phone 1181

Postal services

Main Post Office - Praha 1, Jindrisska 14, open nonstop except break 12 p.m. - 02 a.m. 

Local post offices are usually open 8 a.m. - 6 p. m.

Postage in the Czech Republic (in Kč):
letter up to 20 g 7,50
letter up to 50 g 12,-
postcard 7,50
International postage (in Kč):
Europe Overseas
airmail landroute
letter up to 20 g 10,- 12,- 10,-
postcard 10,- 11,- 11,-

The Czech Post - www.cpost.cz

Information services

Tourist information centres
  • Staromestské namesti (the Old Town Hall) - Staromestska radnice
  • The Main Railway Station lobby 
  • Lesser Town Bridge Tower (summer season only)
Tourist information and services

In the city centre the tourist information offices of the Prague Information Service offer, all under one roof, the following information all necessary details concerning Prague (culture, tourism, orientation, traffic, accommodation and gastronomy, trade and services, nature, sports, important addresses etc.) basic information for tourists concerning the whole Czech Republic (historical monuments, castles and chateaux, museums, etc.) accommodation on spot in different price categories survey of Prague cultural events in Czech and in English tickets for concerts, theatres and other cultural events several kinds of city tours including Vltava steamboat cruises one-day and half-day excursions to castles and other interesting places in the Prague surroundings booklets in foreign languages providing essential information on Prague, city guides, street maps, etc. tourist tickets for the city transport telephone cards

Eat & Drink

Prague offer of hospitality is abundant. There are restaurants of different price categories here, with international cuisine, with all kinds of national cuisine, as well as restaurants specialized in fish, venison, vegetarian, kosher dishes, etc. At one’s disposal, there are wine-bars, beer halls, coffee lounges, internet cafés, confectioneries, tea-rooms and night-clubs with entertaining programmes. Culture and style of catering are always interesting in a foreign country. Therefore, the first place in the offer is represented by restaurants with Czech cuisine, which is highly appreciated by a majority of visitors.

It includes plenty of various classical dishes, such as pork with sauerkraut and dumplings, sirloin of beef, tomato, dill, mushroom and other sauces with dumplings and beef, or schnitzel with a special potato salad, roasted pork knuckle, or perhaps yeast fruit dumplings strewn with cottage cheese and sugar. It is also possible to choose from many regional specialities, various potato and mushroom dishes as well as desserts, such as famous Bohemian and Moravian cakes.

A good dinner must be accompanied by the Czech national drink - beer, first and foremost worldwide known Pilsner beer, brewed in Plzen, the city in the Western Bohemia. But many other excellent light and dark beers also figure in the offer - Budvar, Radegast, Gambrinus, Smíchovské, Kozel, Bernard, Krusovice and tens of other brands. Some beerhouses brew their own beer and it is possible to order an excursion to a brewery.The selection of delicious Czech and namely Moravian wines is abundant as well. Men like to visit picturesque beerhouses, whereas women indulge themselves in neat confectioneries with a rich selection of sweet desserts and good coffee, but both agree on one of stylish wine cellars.

The main meal is usually dinner served at midday time or supper, which is served most often from 6 to 8 p.m. The day activity begins earlier then in the most of other European countries, but the development of tourism brings a progressive adaptation to custom practices in other countries. Smoking is allowed only in places, where there are ashtrays on tables.Waiters are tipped at the moment of payment and the service charge is set by rounding the paid sum and reflects the client’s satisfaction (at average ca 10 %). In the best-known and luxurious restaurants, the seat reservation is recommended, especially in the evening.

As it is usual also in other countries, the prices in restaurants differ - it depends on type, standard or locality of the catering establishment. The price of a menu usually ranges from 200 CZK to 500 CZK, in choice restaurants it generally exceeds 1 000 CZK.