Events in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic, a landlocked country in Central Europe, boasts an extraordinarily high number of cultural monuments as well as natural wealth. Over 2,000 preserved castles and chateaux represent an important part of the national cultural heritage. Prague, the capital, has been a favorite destination for corporate travellers for years now and hosts large conventions and conferences as well as smaller incentive events.
Why Prague and Czech Republic
Prague, LOCATED IN Central Europe, is very accessible incentive travel destination from all major European cities (max. 2 hours flight). The Ruzyne International Airport offers a direct connection with most European capitals and a great number of overseas cities. A new spacious terminal by world standards has a capacity of 6,2 million passengers a year. At present, the Ruzyne International Airport is used by some 30 airline companies as their regular base. The airport has approx 200 flight arrivals and departures each day.
2. INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
The main international hotel chains are represented in Prague, as well as many luxurious boutique hotels with their own charm and atmosphere. You will be welcomed in hotels offering high quality of accommodation and excellent services whether hosting a small group on an incentive trip or a large conference or event for hundreds of participants.
Prague, the Czech capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an inimitable atmosphere created by its millennium of history. Being a breeding ground for spectacular constructions over centuries, Prague provides a unique range of gala and special event venues from historical to modern, all well maintained and ready to host the most memorable social events with excelent service quality.
4. UNESCO SITES
12 UNESCO sites make up a unique part of the Czechs’ cultural heritage – no where else will you find this many in such a confined area, which is another big advantage of Czech Republic for incentive travel.
Czech Republic offers large number, variety and easy accessibility of cultural, historical and natural places of interest in quite a small area.
Prague has been a favorite MICE destination for many years now, local destination management companies (DMCs) thus have long experience in event planning and incentive travel; event services suppliers are used to handle small exclusive events as well as conventions for thousands of participants.
A Jewel in the heart of Europe, The Mother of Cities, Golden Prague, The City of Hundred- these are just a few of many of the attributes that Prague has merited. While the Czech Republic is the Heart of Europe, Prague is its soul. Prague, like Rome, was constructed upon five hills and is shrouded in the mystery of a glorious, tragic past. Since medieval times it has been known as one of the most beautiful city in the world.
Walking through the city, you will quickly discover that the entire history of European architecturehas left splendid representatives of various periods and styles. There are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist buildings, as well as more modern styles, such as Art Nouveau and Cubist. A poet once characterized Prague as a symphony of stones.
Prague is also a very green, verdant city. The hills below Prague Castle, for example, were shaped by Baroque architects who combined splendid palatial buildings with beautiful formal gardens full of pavilions and arbors.
Fifteen bridges accent the panorama of Prague. The oldest, Charles Bridge, was built in 1357 and is named after its founder, the Emperor Charles IV. It's hard to miss it when strolling along the Royal Way,the famous coronation route of Czech kings that connects the Old Town with Prague Castle.
One of the most breathtaking and photogenic views of the Castle opens up from the very head of Charles Bridge. The Castle panorama features just about all the historic architectural styles; it's not an exaggeration to say that you are looking at 1,000 years' worth of European architecture.
The islands on the Vltava offer entirely different views of the city. Although they are quite small, their greenery plays an important part in city life. Amid the urban bustle of the city center, these islands are welcome oases of calm, perfect for impromptu relaxation.
The Czech metropolis abounds with theaters, concert and exhibition halls, museums and galleries - simply perfect event venues. Prague truly offers something for every type of event, and each of its many faces holds its own special charm.
|Capital||Prague (1,23 mil)|
|Currency||czech crown (koruna česká), CZK (Kč)|
|Approximate exchange rate||1 EUR = 24 CZK, 1 USD = 17 CZK|
|Electricity||220 V, 50 Hz|
|Opening hours||9 a.m. - 5 pm, major shopping areas and galleries 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Shops in Prague are open on Sundays!
|Important Phone Numbers
|All emergency calls||112|
|1 January, Easter Monday, 1 May, 8 May, 5 July, 6 July, 28 September, 28 October, 17 November, 24-26 December
|Major Cultural Events|
|Prague Spring||May/June, International Music Festival, www.prague-spring.cz|
|Prague PROMS||June/July, International Music Festival, www.pragueproms.cz|
|String of Autumn||Sept-Nov, International Music Festival, www.strunypodzimu.cz|
|Official tourism portal||www.czechtourism.com|
|Prague International Airport||www.letistepraha.cz|
|Prague public transit||www.dpp.cz|
|Ticketing||www.ticketpro.cz , www.ticketportal.cz , www.bohemiaticket.cz|
Things to do in Prague and Czech Republic
|Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
The Prague Castle, UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m² rising above the Little Quarter like a town on its own. Since its foundation in the last quarter of the 9th century it has been developing uninterruptedly throughout the past eleven centuries. It is a monumental complex of ecclesiastical, fortification, residential and office buildings representing all architectural styles and periods. Already mere glance at the view of Hradcany from the banks of the Vltava makes a visitor to Prague catch his breath.
Originally it used to be the residence of princes and kings of Bohemia, since 1918 it is the place of residence of the president of the Czech Republic.
You can discover the Saint Vitus Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece in Bohemia and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state founded in the year 1344 by John of Luxembourg, the incredible Vladislav Hall in the Old Royal Palace with its fine intertwined vaults that remind a stone filigree, the sober Saint George basilica with its white towers, and the timeless and amazing Golden Lane.
Lesser Town and St. Nicolas Church
Baroque architecture predominates in Lesser Town, but the history of the district dates back to far before the Baroque era. The Lesser Town started life in the 8th century as a market settlement. In 1257 Premysl Otakar II granted it town status.
One of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Central Europe and the most striking example of the so-called radical Baroque in Bohemia is St Niolas Church. With its majestic dome, its bell tower and its undulating façade with dynamic lines, the church dominates the whole Mala Strana District. Inside, a vast trompe-l’oeil fresco, gigantic sculptures, sparkling golden altarpieces, countless paintings, stucco or wooden decorative details, present one of the best examples of art synthesis in the Baroque era.
The famous statue of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague is located in the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Malá Strana District. Near to Devil´s canal and romantic Kampa peninsula we can find the John Lennon Wall and Baroque Buquoy Palace (now the French Embassy).
The Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov is one of the oldest monasteries of the Premonstratensian Order in the world. It has been as a working monastery practically ever since it was founded in 1143. The famous library of the Strahov monastery is one of the most beautiful historical libraries in Europe and among the most flawless in point of style. Strahov Library and the reopened Strahov Picture Gallery are cultural institutions proving to the world that the Strahov Premonstratensians have always cared for the development of culture and education. The places of interest in Strahov monastery are the Basilica of Our Lady, the Teological a Philosophihcal Halls and the Cabinet of Curiosities.
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) named after King Charles IV, crossing Vltava river, is a 14th century stone bridge connecting the Old Town with Lesser Town. The bridge is decorated with 30 statues and statuaries, most of them Baroque style, erected around 1700. With 516 meters long and nearly 10m wide it is 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.
Old Town Square
Old Town Square is one of the most beautiful and complete middle age market squares in the world. It was the stage of many major events, tragic or glorious, throughout Czech history. Due to the historical role it is one of the most prominent cultural squares of Prague surrounded by magnificent palaces, historicals buildings and two churches – the imposing St.Nicolas Church and Church of Our Lady before Tyn as well as the Old Town hall with the famous Astronomical Clock which is one of the Prague´s number one attraction. There are many legends to tell about its origins. The monument of mister Jan Hus in the middle of the square erected in 1915 is also not to forget – since Jun Hus was the greatest personality in the spiritual life of medieval Bohemia. The traditional Christmas and Easter markets take place there.
Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock
The Old Town Hall was founded by a privilege of King John of Luxembourg in 1338. Its represents five houses of different architectural styles and 69,5m tall Town Hall Tower. On the Tower you can find the third oldest astronomical clock in Europe, built probably around 1410 and enhanced in the following centuries. Every hour of daylight, the clock gives a show that includes passing of 12 apostles and death ringing the bell.
The Jewish Quarter in Prague
The Jewish community in Prague was one of the most significant minorities in Bohemia before the Holocaust. The collections exhibited in the Jewish museum belong to the World's most impressive. It has close to 40,000 items assembled, which makes it probably the richest collection in existence. The objects concentrated here represent the legacy of the 40 generations of Jews who have lived in Prague throughout the last thousand years and nowadays are still witnesses of this affluent past: the Old-New Synagogue, which is the oldest fully retained synagogue of Europe and probably the most important site of this area; and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which belongs among the world’s most memorable cemeteries as it possesses 12,000 tombstones, where in some places the graves are layered twelve deep, not only because the ghetto always suffered from space restrictions, but also because it is an article of faith that the remains of the departed should not be moved before the day of Judgement.
Municipal house is situated next to the Powder Tower in the Old Town. This pearl of Art Deco Architecture belongs to one of the most beautiful houses of this style in Europe with magnificent concert hall named in honor of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana - Smetana Hall. The present building, its yellows and greens a strong challenge to the charcoal – colored The Municipal house is a treasure-trove of wonderful halls, corridors and alcoves.
Prague State Opera
The opera has a rich artistic tradition and has seen performances by many leading conductors, directors and singers. The basis of the repertoire is made up of successful versions of the most popular operas by W. A. Mozart, G. Verdi, G. Puccini, G. Bizet etc. The Theater was built in Renaissance style in the years 1886-87 as a Prague German stage. It was seriously damaged during the bombing of Prague in 1945, reconstructed in 1950. Its repertoire is based mainly on operas and ballets and nowadays it belongs to one of the most prestige theatres in Prague.
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
The foundation and development of Carlsbad has always been inseparably connected with the curative effect of its warm mineral springs. There are 12 hot springs which were discovered according to a legend by Charles IV during the hunting. The center of Carlsbad represents not only elegant colonnades but lot of luxurious hotels and splending buildings from 19 and 20th centuries. During the centuries the Town of Karlovy Vary has been visited by many famous people for instance, W. A. Mozart, R. Strauss, L. v. Beethoven , Petermagne, Oto I (Greek king), William I (Prussian king), Juan Carlos I (Spanish king) and many others.
The center of Carlsbad represents not only elegant colonnades but lot of luxurious hotels and splending buildings from 19 and 20th centuries. The city's best-known sights are the Church of St. Andrew, the orthodox Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Municipal Theatre, the Mill Colonnade (Mlýnská kolonáda) and the Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene.
The town hosts innumerable cultural and sports events. One of the most popular social events is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which every year attracts the film fans from around the world. But the films are not only screened here. Thanking to its unique environment and architecture, Karlovy Vary has been used as a shooting location for well-known films. For example James Bond: Casino Royale.
The famous glass manufacturer Moser Glass is located in Karlovy Vary.
The spa therapies include many curative treatments.The springs cure mainly metabolic disorders. The treatments use thermal baths and drinking cures, as well as modern methods, such as cryotherapy, floating, laser therapy, etc. The classic spa treatments and wellness as well can be enjoyed in the Karlovy Vary sanatoriums and spa hotels.
Mariánské lázně (Marienbad)
One of the most charming spa places in Europe, rich in natural healing springs and one of the cultural centers of the West bohemian region. There are forty springs within the area and one hundred in the immediate vicinity. Most of its buildings come from the town's Golden Era in the second half of the 19th century, when many important guests came to enjoy the curative springs, such as King of England Edward VII. (came back nine times), Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Fryderyk Chopin, Mark Twain, Nikolaj W. Gogol, Thomas Alva Edison, Franz Kafka, Jan Neruda, Antonín Dvořák, Tomáš G. Masaryk, and many others.
The land consisting of today's spa belonged to the Premonstrate Monastery of Teplá, whose abbot K. K. Reitenberger launched the construction of the original baths early in the 19th century, as envisioned by the monastery doctor J. J Nehr. According to the grandiose designs of the architect V. Skalník, terrain transformations were carried out, and parks were created.
The pseudo-Baroque cast-iron Colonnade from 1889 is the main promenade of the spa and an important architectural monument. The Singing fountain in front of the main colonnade performs every odd hour to the accompaniment of music, and at 9 and 10 p.m. with a light show.
The Church of the Assumption rises next to the Colonnade. The Russian Church of St. Vladimir and the Anglican Church are located behind the Main Avenue, in the western part of the town.
Conditions treated: oncological, metabolic, respiratory, neurological, musculoskeletal and urinry diseases A local peculiarity is a dry source of carbon dioxide.
This picturesque medieval town in a deep, meandering valley of the Vltava river in the South of Bohemia is a place well worth visiting. The historic center is dominated by the castle, one of the largest castle complexes in Europe, listed UNESCO World Heritage site from 1992. The golden age of the City came about during the rule of the Lords of Rožmberk (Rosenberg), in 1302-1602, who made their residence there. At that time, Krumlov was a point of contact between the Czech interior, the Austrian/German Danube region, and Northern Italy. The Italian Renaissance greatly influenced the appearance of the town and its castle.
The castle itself consists of many defined parts dating from different periods of time. At the end of the 17th century, during the rule of the Eggenberg dynasty, a Baroque theater was built. With this original stage machinery, scenery and props it is among only a few such court theatres that still exists.
The town presents itself to visitors also as an important center of culture, conventions and tourism. The International Music Festival takes place annually in August, as does a festival of Renaissance music; theatrical productions are held in the castle garden, the Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose is a major summer attraction, and the Egon Schiele Center (Schiele lived in the Town).
The heritage of the town was wonderfully well preserved and its historic center is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. You can visit among others the impressive St. Barbara cathedrale, patron saint of miners, a major gem of late Gothic architecture in Bohemia. In the historic center, you will admire in particular the Italian Court, formerly house to the King’s agent responsible for overlooking the silver mining, the building called Hrádek (Little Castle), which is part of the former municipal fortifications, houses a museum of mining. Near the historic center you can make a stop at the curious Ossuary Chapel in Sedlec - it is entirely decorated with human skulls and bones, dating mostly from the Thirty Year's War, a strong reminder of the transience of human life.
The castle dominates the skyline of a small marvellous town Karlstejn, which has barely 1000 inhabitants. The castle was built in the 14th century by the Emperor Charles IV as a safe haven for the crown jewels and a center of the international politics and power. Karlstejn is a romantic chateau purchased on a rocky hill high above the deep forest.
Visitors have to walk up the hill to the chateau, which takes about 20 minutes by foot. It is a very nice way up, passing all little houses with cafés and souvenir shops. Ride by horse carriage up to the castle can be organised on spot.,
A guided tour through the former imperial apartments of the chateau takes approximately 1 hour.
Terezín was founded as a military fort in the late 18th century by Joseph II to defend the Empire’s northern border against Prussia, still surrounded by its masive remparts. The complex consists of two parts – the main fortress with the garrison Town and the so called „Small fortress”.
After Hitlers occupation of Czechoslovakia, the Nazis recognised the advantages of the Small Fortress, and in June 1940 opened a police prison within it. Czech and Moravian patriots, members of numerous resistance groups and organisations, were sent here by various branches of the Gestapo. The Small Fortress had the character of a transit prison, from which inmates were after a certain period either brought before the courts or transferred to concentration camps. According to Nazis´plans, citizens of Jewish origin were hunted down and, from November 1941, gradually deported to the town of Terezín (the Main Fortress), where the Nazis arranged a ghetto for them.
Terezín became the largest concentration camp in the Czech Lands, with thousands of transports arriving here carrying Jews not only from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, but also from Germany, Austria, Holland and Denmark, as well later as from Slovakia and Hungary. In less than four years, more than 140 000 prisoners were brought here.