European conference of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU
TOWARDS eENVIRONMENT
Opportunities of SEIS and SISE: Integrating Environmental Knowledge in Europe | March 25-27, 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic
www.e-envi2009.org

Venue | Local & Travel Information

City of Prague

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic situated on both banks of Vltava River. It is a beautiful city with a rich history and lots of historical sites and monuments. Thanks to its location in the centre of Europe, Prague has been an importnat crossroad of trade and culture for many centuries.
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 all over the world.

How to get there

Prague is linked by road to the European motorway networks and by rail the major European Cities. Prague's Ruzyne airport is a major European hub with many charter flights serving millions of tourists and scheduled flights linking Prague directly to many main cities.

Please note that the Czech Airlines (CSA) are the official carrier of the Towards eEnvironment Congress and you can get cheaper flight tickets if you are travelling to Prague for this event. 
You can find more information and book tickets on http://www.csa.cz/en/portal/online_services/conventions/conventions_list.htm 
Click on the name of the conference and enter the password 1B08029 and it will enable you to book the flight ticket. It works only if you are registered for the conference, so please do that first.

It is very easy to use public transport in Prague. There are some trams, buses and also three lines of metro.
Corinthia Towers hotel is situated at the metro station called Vysehrad (red line C), only two stops from the city centre.
Or you can take a taxi whenever you want to move anywhere. But note that it is more expensive and the drivers are not very friendly and fair.

From the airport you should use the bus 119 and go to Dejvicka metro station. You will change the lines at Muzeum and take the metro direction to Haje. You will get off at the second station, named Vysehrad. The hotel is situated directly at the station.

Information about 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 the city centre by public transport (buses, trams and metro) and taxis.
 
Currency & Banking
Czech crowns (CZK, Kč) are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague International Airport and at lots of hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants as well as shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops.
 
Electricity
The Czech Republic uses a 220 volt and 50 Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.
 
Entry Formalities
All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic have to possess a passport valid for at least the next three months after arriving. Participants requiring visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their countries in order to avoid delay in travel to the Conference.
 
Information about the Czech Republic
Complete information is available at the official website of the Czech Republic at www.czech.cz
 
Weather
The weather in Prague in March is usually quite cold with temperatures around 15°C. However, it can be rainy, so we suggest to bring a light coat and not to forget an umbrella.

General Information on the Congress

Insurance
The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to make their own personal insurance before travelling to the congress. 

Official Congress Language
The official language of IDCA 2008 conference in Prague will be English and no simultaneous translation will be provided. 

Programme Changes
The organizers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforseen circumstances. 

Visa Requirements
The Congress Secretariat staff is ready to help you with getting visa for the congress by issuing an official Letter of Invitation for the Congress. Please note that such a letter can only be issued if you are registered for the congress and your registration fee has been fully paid. Do not hesitate to contact the Congress Secretariat in case you have any questions regarding visa application procedures. Please note that for some countries, visa application procedure can take up to two months.
Complete information on visa for the Czech Republic is available at the official website of the Czech Republic at www.czech.cz

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. You can find more information about Prague public transport on the web pages 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: approx. 40 CZK/1 drive
Journeys within the city: approx. 30 CZK/1 kilometre
Waiting time: approx. 10 CZK/1 minute

Time Zone
The Czech Republic is on Central European Time - Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

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.