General information on Czech Republic and Hradec Kralove
Those who would like to get acquainted with one of the most beautiful countries in Europe should not miss the Czech Republic - a beautiful country situated in the very heart of Europe.
The number of foreign visitors to the Czech Republic has been increasing sharply over the last several years. Many come back after their first visit, to enjoy together with others all that the Czech Republic has to offer. The main advantage of the Czech Republic is the wealth, diversity and accessibility of cultural, historical and natural places of interest, all concentrated in a relatively small space that boast very serviceable standards of accommodation and dining facilities.
This city, situated at about 100 km east of Prague, constitutes a meeting point of two rivers, Labe and Orlice. It was a royal fortress during the medieval era. Better known as "The Salon of the Republic", Hradec Kralove, with a population of less than 100,000, is a centre of history and architecture.
Complete information about Hradec Kralove is available at the official website of Hradec Kralove at www.hradeckralove.org (for English version click on the icon in the top - right corner) or www.hradeckralove.cz/gbr/. For sightseeing advice see http://wikitravel.org/en/Hradec_Kr%C3%A1lov%C3%A9/.
Currency and exchange rates
The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown = Ceska koruna (CZK = Kc). Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague international Airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants and shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops.
The exchange rate is around 27 CZK for a euro; you can find an up-to-date, official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank at www.cnb.cz/en/index.html.
Note that the rate is quite stable due to the interventions of the Czech National Bank. However, the interventions are supposed to end in the second or third quarter of the year 2017; the Crown will probably strenghten after that. The Czech National Bank ended interventions on April 6, 2017. The Crown is expected to strenghten, but the rate may be quite unstable during the next period.
The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.
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 conference.
Visa requirements & Invitation letter
Visitors from non-EU Countries must posses a passport valid for at least the next 3 months. Participants requiring a visa should apply to a consular office or a diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic in their country. Please note that the visa application procedure can take approximately up to two months. It is not possible to obtain visa at the Prague Airport.
The Conference Secretariat will send you on request an invitation letter to be used for this purpose. An invitation letter can be sent also if your institution requires it.
For more information about traveling to the Czech Republic, please visit web site www.czech.cz or http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/index.html.
Hradec Kralove Public Transport
It is very convenient to use public transport in Hradec Kralove. The bus nad trolleybus network covers the whole town and the fare is very cheap. You can buy a paper ticket from the newsagent before boarding the bus for 20 CZK or from a driver for 25 CZK. More information can be found on web pages http://www.dpmhk.cz/en/about-us.
The Czech Republic is on Central European Time - Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From March to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.
The spring weather in the Czech Republic can be quite pleasant. The current weather conditions you can find at http://freemeteo.com/default.asp?pid=23&la=1&gid=3074967.
There is an eduroam wifi network at the venue.