PLZEŇ – CAPITAL OF WEST BOHEMIA
The city of Plzeň (Pilsen) is situated in Western Bohemia at the confluence of four rivers. With its 170,000 inhabitants it is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic and an important industrial, commercial, and administrative center. It is also the capital of the Pilsen Region. In addition, it has been selected as the European capital of culture for 2015 by the Council of European Union.
Aerial view of the centre of Plzeň from the south. Photo © Monika Špelinová & Kamil Ekštein, 2009.
(More photos can be found e.g. at http://www.kralovske-mesto-plzen.cz/)
Plzeň is well-known for its brewing tradition. The trademark Pilsner-Urquell has a good reputation all over the world thanks to the traditional recipe, high quality hops and good wells. Beer lovers will also appreciate a visit to the Plzeň Brewery Museum or the Brewery itself.
Apart from its delicious beer, Plzeň hides lots of treasures in its core. The city can boast the second largest synagogue in Europe. The dominant of the old part of the city center is definitely the 13th-century Gothic cathedral featuring the highest tower in Bohemia (102.34 m). It is possible to go up the stairs and admire the view of the city. Not far from the cathedral is the splendid Renaissance Town Hall from 1558 and plenty of pleasant cafes and pubs.
There is also a beautiful historical underground in Plzeň – under the city center, an intricate network of corridors can be found. They are about 17 km long and visitors can walk through the most beautiful part of this labyrinth.
It is recommended to visit the City Zoological Garden having the second largest space for bears in Europe and keeping a few Komodo dragons, large lizards which exist only in a few zoos in the world.
In the surroundings of the city, there are some worth seeing landmarks, especially the Castle of Radyně, the Hunting-seat of Kozel, and St. Peter's Rotunda in Starý Plzenec which comes from 10th century.
The University of West Bohemia in Plzeň provides a variety of courses for both Czech and international students. It is the only institution of higher education in this part of the country which prepares students for careers in engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer science, applied mathematics, physics, and mechanics), education (both primary and secondary), economics, philosophy, politics, archaeology, anthropology, foreign languages, law and public administration, art and design.
The city has access from the D5 motorway connecting Prague (Praha) with Germany (see the map above). Plzeň has very good bus and train connections with the capital of Prague (it takes about 1 – 1.5 hour to get from Prague to Plzeň). From the Prague International Airport Ruzyně (PRG) you can reach Plzeň by frequent public transport in 1.5 – 2 hours.
BUS AND TRAIN DEPARTURES
Bus and train departures from Prague to Plzeň can be found at http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/ (you can switch to the English version by pressing a button in right lower corner). The arrival station in Plzeň is CAN (Centrální autobusové nádraží = Central Bus Station) and Plzeň – hlavní nádraží (Main Railway Station).
How to get there from the Central Bus Station: Take tram no. 2 – direction Světovar. At the station Sirková get off and continue on foot. You can see the hotel across the road and reach the hotel in 2 minutes. To get there you go to the underpass on the escalator, then turn to the left (sign Šumavská), you go up on the escalator and then take the second turn on your left. You go along a long street and the hotel is right in front of you. The reception is opposite the brewery entrance.
From the Main Railway Station: You leave the main train station through the main exit. You go straight on, turn to the right under the flyover and then you go down to the underpass, you go straight on, then turn to the right by the bakery, then you continue straight and turn to the right. By the sign Šumavská turn to the right, then go up on the escalator, you take the second turn on your left and go along a long street at whose end there is the hotel.
- You can find all public transport departures at http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/plzen/zjr/. Information about fares in Pilsen public transport can be found at http://www.pmdp.cz/.
- Very detailed information about the Angelo hotel location can be found at http://www.angelo-pilsen.cz/en/home/.
The conference will be hosted by the angelo Hotel Pilsen, a brand-new comfortable accomodation and congress facility in the very center of the city of Plzeň. The advantageous location of the TSD2011 hotel enables the participants to take pleasant walks around the historical center without a need of using the public transportation.
HOTEL ADDRESS & LOCATIONangelo Hotel Pilsen
U Prazdroje 6, 301 00 Plzeň
Tel.: (+420) 378 016 111
Fax: (+420) 378 016 016