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Conference Trip

The last day of the conference (Thursday) is reserved for the conference trip. We will take the bus from Pilsen and visit a beautiful sight in the central Bohemian region - the Karlštejn castle (one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic). In the afternoon, a city walk from the Prague Castle through Malá Strana (one of the most historic regions in the Prague) and across the Charles Bridge is planned.

The expected schedule of the trip is following (can be refined, eventually):

  • 9:15 - leaving Pilsen by bus
  • 11:15 - visiting the Karlštejn castle
  • 13:00 - lunch in Karlštejn
  • 14:30 - arrival in Prague Airport
  • 15:00 - vising Prague (Malá Strana and Charles Bridge)
  • 19:00 (approx.) - arrival in Pilsen

If you don't want to return from the trip back to Pilsen, it is possible to leave at the Prague Airport, where we will arrive after the lunch (approx. at 14:30). Optionally, we can make another stop at the airport after the sightseeing in Prague.

Karlštejn castle

High Gothic castle founded in 1348, which has a unique position among Czech castles. It was built by Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV as a place for safekeeping of the royal treasures, especially Charles's collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. The first stay of Charles IV in the castle is documented in 1355 when he came to supervise the building works as well as the decoration of interiors, especially the castle chapels. The construction of the castle was finished in 1365 when the Chapel of the Holy Cross situated in the Great tower was consecrated.

At the outbreak of the Hussite wars the castle became the place for safekeeping of the Czech coronation jewels, which were kept here, with the exception of several short-time breaks, for nearly 200 years. The castle was reconstructed in late Gothic style after 1480 and in Renaissance style in the last quarter of the 16th century. The present appearance of the castle comes from the last reconstruction, which was carried out in the purist neo-Gothic style by architect Josef Mocker at the end of the 19th century.

Very impressive is the original step-like order of buildings. From the Well tower and Burgrave's palace located as the lowest you walk up to the majestic five-storied Imperial palace and further up towards the Marian tower. And finally at the top of the headland stands the monumental 60m high and separately fortified Great tower.

Karlštejn Castle (from www.hradkarlstejn.cz)

Prague (Malá Strana, Charles Bridge)

Malá Strana is a district of the city of Prague, Czech Republic, and one of its most historic regions. The name translated into English literally means "Little Side", though it is frequently referred to as "Lesser Town", "Lesser Quarter", or "Lesser Side". This name derives from its position on the left (west) bank of the river Vltava, on the slopes just below the Prague Castle, in opposition to the larger towns of Prague on the right bank, to which it is conjoined by the Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge is a famous historical bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau), the Charles Bridge used to be the most important connection between the Old Town, Prague Castle and adjacent areas until 1841. Also this 'solid-land' connection made Prague important as a trade route between east and west Europe. The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or the Prague Bridge (Pražský most) but has been the "Charles Bridge" since 1870.

The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, erected around 1700.

During the night Charles Bridge is a quiet place. But during the day it changes its face into a very busy place, with painters, owners of kiosks and other traders alongside numerous tourists crossing the bridge.

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge

Payment

The payment for the trip is not included in the conference fee. The trip fee is 800,- CZK (approx. €30) and it can be paid on site.

Registration

Since the Karlštejn Castle is one of most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic, we want to make a reservation for the conference group (a guided tour). Thus, if you plan to attend the conference trip, please, check in on the "My Events" page (you must be logged in and your profile state must be "ok").