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PRAHA – THE CAPITAL OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Praha (Prague)—also called The City of a Hundred Spires or The Heart of Europe—is situated in the very centre of Bohemia on the banks of the river Vltava. There live more than 1.2 million inhabitants. Thus, Praha is considered the centre of science, higher education, culture, economy and authorities.

Prague -- Panoramic overview

Prague—panoramic overview from the Petřín observation tower. Photo © K. Ekštein & L. Benešová, 2010.
(More photos can be found e.g. at http://www.prague.eu/en/download/)

The city is divided into ten districts. Each of them offers its own charming atmosphere predicated upon it’s rich history.

A good example can be the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) known especially for the legend of Golem and famous writer Franz Kafka. Then, walking the Pařížská street (said to be the most luxurious street in the city), there is the Old Town Square. One of the most important squares of the city renowned for the rare Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj), number of galleries, Bethlehem Chapel and a monument of religious reformer Jan Hus.

The next place of interest can be found in the area of the New Town. The Wenceslas square with the monument of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of the Czech state, is the longest square of the republic. Its capacity is fully used by various shops, restaurants, clubs and street artists. Also the renaissance revival-styled building of National Museum, which is now under reconstruction, is situated on the upper end of the square.

Prague -- Dancing House

The Dancing House. Photo © www.prague.eu, 2016.
(More photos can be found e.g. at http://www.prague.eu/en/download/)

Modern art and architecture together with technical mastery demonstration are represented by the Žižkov Television Tower, the Dancing House (Fred and Ginger Building) or the Štefánik's Observatory on the Petřín hill located in the neighbourhood of the quarter Hradčany. Also Křižík’s light fountain or Industrial Palace in the area of the Holešovice Showground are worth seeing.

However, the dominant feature of the skyline is still created by the Prague Castle and the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral spires. The Golden Lane heading down to the Lesser Town shows the tiny and colorful medieval houses.

There are many bridges connecting the banks of the Vltava River. However, only one of them is well known in the whole world—the Charles bridge. Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV promoted its construction in the 14th century. The bridge is 520 metres long and stands for a connection between the Lesser Town and the Old Town. It was built in the gothic style as well as the St. Vitus Cathedral.

Charles IV was also the founder of the University, which now proudly bears his name—The Charles University. It is one the world’s oldest universities and with 17 faculties, 3 institutes, 6 centres of teaching, research and development it is also the largest and best rated university in the Czech Republic. The students can choose some of the 642 courses within 300 of accredited degree programmes in the field of medicine, law, theology, pharmacy, arts, science, mathematics and physics, education, social sciences, physical education and sports, and humanities.

We are justifiably very proud of the fact that the campus of the Charles University is going to host the TSD2017 conference.

Prague Castle and the Lesser Town

Prague Castle and the Lesser Town—view from the Petřín hill. Photo © www.prague.eu, 2016.
(More photos can be found e.g. at http://www.prague.eu/en/download/)

GETTING THERE

Thanks to its central location the city itself creates an important international transport node. The international Prague Václav Havel Airport (PRG) is served by all major airlines and companies providing charter flights. There are special Airport Express (AE) bus lines connecting the airport and the city centre. This ride must be paid separately by getting on the bus (CZK 60).

The city has a fast road connection to Germany via motorways D5/E50 (westwards, to Bavaria) and D8 (northwards, to Saxony), to Poland via motorways D10/E65 (north-eastwards, to Dolnośląskie region) and D1/E50/E462 (eastwards, to Śląskie and Małopolskie regions), to Austria via motorways D3 or D4/E49 (southwards, to Upper Austria) and D1/E50/E461 (south-eastwards, to Lower Austria/Vienna), and to Slovakia via motorways D1/E50 and D2/E65.


For other road directions consult a map with route planning capabilities.

When going by car, please, bear in mind that Czech motorways (roads with designator Dx, x ∈ <0, 56>) can be used only with a valid motorway sticker! Riding on a motorway without the sticker can be fined up to CZK 5000 (approx. EUR 185) when caught by the police.

In the case of going to Prague by a train, the Main Railway Station and the Masaryk’s Station are the closest to the city centre. In relation to the campus or accomodation the station Dejvice might be the best option. The bus stations Hradčanská or Florenc are the most suitable for getting off the bus. All these stations are very well connected to the rest of the public means of transport (the subway system—Metro, trams, buses).

Avoid troubles! In order to use the means of municipal public transport it is necessary to buy a ticket or prepaid card Lítačka. For further information see http://ropid.cz/en/for-tourists/.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University. The building of the so-called House of Professed was established by the Society of Jesus in the 17th century. It served as a seat of the most important representatives of the Order. Then it was used as a library or Provincial Court through the era of Habsburg Monarchy. It housed the golden treasure of the new established Czechoslovak Republic after the year 1918, as well as the German army soldiers during the World War II.

Conference Venue

Lesser Town Square with the House of Professed. A fascinating place full of history. Photo © svoboda&williams, 2016.

Thanks to a costly renovation, The Conference and Social Centre "House of Professed" now disposes of a proper capacity for social events such as concerts, conferences or graduation ceremonies.

Getting to the conference location by car? The conference location "House of Professed" is situated in the very centre of old Prague. Thus, we strongly discourage you from trying to get there by car as it is practically impossible to find a parking place near the "House of Professed" (the parking lot on the snap above is no longer there).

CONFERENCE VENUE ADDRESS

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Malá Strana Campus – "S" Building
Malostranské nám. 2/25
CZ-118 00 Praha 1

GPS: 50°05'17.497"N, 14°24'13.020"E
Phone: +420 221 914 211 (porter's lodge)
Website: http://www.mff.cuni.cz/to.en/fakulta/budovy/kampus/mala_strana.htm

Getting there easily: The Metro station Malostranská is located in a walking distance (about 10 minutes on foot) and Malostranské náměstí tram station is situated right in front of the building.
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